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Viva La Dolce Vita

"Viva La Dolce Vita."

I'd much rather be here, with the sweet silence.
A state of complete serenity.
With my own steady heartbeat and thoughts.
Nil disturbance, everything I desire already lies within me.

Questa è la dolce vita.
No sudden outburst of redundant emotions, volatile temper.
A mind free of irrelevant opinions, vehemence, and insecurity.
Unlimited and unscrutinized.

To live my life both under the sun and into the night.
Dance through the rain, drink up the bittersweetness of life.
Having my own will yet going with the flow.
Embrace the warmth of the day, welcome the dusky evenings.
Touched by the glorious birth of mother earth.
Graciously accept that all thing must come to end.

Love. #StyledByMarina

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain


Greetings, beautiful readers. First off, I'd like to express how intrigued and amazed by all of your lovely and inspirational comments on my last post - The Art of Solitude. I'm ever so grateful to everyone that shared their insightful thoughts, opinions and personal experience on my articles.

So today,  I'd like to take this opportunity to talk about the importance of love, more specifically, self-love. The ability to accept and love yourself for who you are.



We fall fiercely in love and pour our hearts out.
We do some much for others approval and affection,
we sometimes let their judgments define us.
We invest so much in other people, but rarely in ourselves.
We long companionships and seek the sense of security in others.

But for what?
Have we ever stopped and taken care of ourselves along the way?



I decided to write this post because I noticed just how many people around me are living for others rather than themselves, including me. It doesn't matter if you are in a relationship, in a workplace or even in a family. Have you ever realized that you'd move mountains and go the extra miles to reach certain people's expectations to the point that you are physically and mentally drained?

The truth is you are not happy, and you haven't been for a while.


We live in a society that we often have to compromise in order to survive.
We are constantly sacrificing our creativity and ideas just to be considered as an exemplary and obedient human being.
We are told not to speak our minds and do what was told.
We are asked not to stand out and better to just blend in.

There are way too many judgments in this world and not enough compliments.
Just like there are too much jealousy and so little appreciation.



So for this blog post, I've collected several inspiring self-esteem and self-love quotes for all of you(and myself.) When you find yourself feeling down, insecure or lost, or when you feel like you need a little boost of confidence, here's a little reminder:

It's okay to be a little selfish because you deserve it.
You are worth it and you are good enough.
Start living for yourself instead of others.

It will make a whole lot of sense when you finally understand that feeling confident with your inner-self and outside appearance is not a crime.
Being self-confident is NOT being conceited.
And if no one has said this to you today: Remember, you are beautiful and one-of-a-kind.



“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs, and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” – Kim McMillen

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance” – Oscar Wilde

 “If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” – Johnny Depp 

  “A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.” – Andrew Matthews

“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” – Yogi Bhajan

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Washington Thurman

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad


On a side note, I'm Wearing:
Long Sleeve, Mock Neck Mesh Top - NET
Velvet Floral Print Maxi Dress - GU JAPAN
Fluffy Loafers - GU JAPAN



Comments

  1. Beautiful quotes!
    You look amazing!
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  2. I love the idea behind this post! It is so true that we don't love ourselves enough and we do things to please other people. All of these quotes are perfect and I'll be looking back at them when I need it. Also I am in love with your style! x

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

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    1. Thank you Kara, that was exactly what I was trying to remind both myself and others :) We sometimes get too attached to our daily routine of trying to do things for others and never ourselves.
      It'd time to put ourselves first for a change.

      Thanks for commenting. xx

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  3. Beautiful post, you seem like a beautiful person inside and out! I enjoyed reading this one as much as the last post. Self love is so important, I started my self love journey a few months ago after a few years of really not looking after myself. I started taking care of myself better, losing some needed weight..in return I have stopped putting myself down and it shows to those around me, In turn I think it means I can give more back.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. Good job for taking care of yourself, I myself have a lot to learn on my self-love journey, I want to be more positive and confident. It's always reassuring and inspiring to hear about other people's stories and experience. xx

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  4. You look so beautiful as always and I really love your outfit. Your article is a really great read, love the quotes, especially this one "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval" I totally agree with this. Keep up the great job!

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    1. Thank you so much, really appreciate your comment :))

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  5. Being selfish is something we are taught at such a young age that it's wrong. I often find myself telling my children they need to share or play with each other. When I catch myself doing that I remind myself that was one lesson I could have done without growing up. It's ok to not want to share or play, it's okay to want to reflect on yourself and most importantly it's ok for them to say No to each other

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  6. This is a beautiful post! I love the many quotes you shared. Self love is a hard topic for so many of us. Finding that love is a journey.

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  7. Self love is so important and for so many reason. I know I have a hard time trying to love myself, but when the spirit hits, I really feel it.

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  8. It’s true. We can over balance live and put everyone and everything Else before our own needs, but it wouldn’t be truly love if we didn’t.

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  9. This is so thought provoking post. We do live in a society where we have to do compromises which sometimes are not what we want to. Also, while living for others, we do not even realize what we are missing and what we deserve.

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  10. Wow very powerful! You are complete right unless you for yourself instead of others you will never be happy! I love this post.

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  11. Beautiful writing and a really important message for the readers. I like that you added in some photos of your own style and that the quotes compliment the post.

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  12. Self love is so important for us unless we don't love ourselves it is hard to spread that love to others. This post has really touched me.

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  13. I love your style. ANd your confidence is awesome! Keep being you!! <3

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  14. You look beautiful - I can only love myself the same way that God loves me! :)

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  15. I love all your quotes you share at the end. I have spent the last two years dedicating my time to self love and it's been a wonderful journey. It's so important and yes more people need self love in their lives.

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  16. I love this - “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” And I think it's OK to live for others - so long as we don't forget ourselves in the process.

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  17. Self love is so important in order to be able to provide to others. You are right we need to take care of ourselves first, to be able to care for others.

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  18. You look gorgeous and I love this outfit! You have great style. Those quotes are great too!

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  19. This is such a good reminder for all of us that we need to stop and focus on ourselves. We need self love if we're going to take care of others.

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  20. This is such a cute little outfit. I’m loving the colour combination you’ve got going on.

    Yasmin x

    www.yasminlaronde.co.uk

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  21. I am currently on a self-love journey, so I really enjoyed this blog post! Thanks :)

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  22. I love your post! Beautiful quotes. And I love your style!

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  23. Some great post you made here. Minewhile, I love your outfits. Thanks for sharing

    - Regina Daniels

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  24. You're soo right! We are all weird in our own way. We should learn acceptance and gratitude. If we were all alike, how would anyone get along? Beautiful post and attitude.

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  25. I have been attempting to live more for myself than others as well!!! It's good for the soul and then you feel better when you do things for others because you know you are also taking care of yourself.

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  26. I really enjoy reading your blog. Loving those quotes. By the way, you looks beautiful in your outfit.

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  27. I loved how you styled this look! I think that this dress is so beautiful and it suits you amazing. I love the fact that flower pattern is up on trend for fall and winter!

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  28. This is such an important post and I go through this at times, but then I remember that I should live to make me happy and not the world
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  29. Sharing this post and hoping more people will learn to love themselves rather than depending on others for affirmation and love, something I've been guilty of in the past!

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    1. This means so much Tiffany, thank you for your lovely comment. I wrote this post not only for others and for myself as well. To remind ourselves that we ARE powerful and enough on our own and don't need others' validation and approvals to be accepted by the society :)

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  30. So so many people live their lives concerned about other's impressions of them. It's a stressful way to like always trying to please someone else.

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  31. I agree with you. You look very nice and stylish. Loving yourself is important. Love to fight her beautiful, more successful. I usually have a proper diet and skin care. That made me more confident. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment :) This means so much that my post could inspire others to be more confident and love themselves!

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  32. Love the quotes, such a lovely dress too!

    Much love,
    Marianne x https://mariannesophia.com/

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  33. Love this look dear! You look totally amazing! :)


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    1. Absolutely Darling :) Thank you for your comment and I've just followed you! Let's keep in touch. xx

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  34. Your floral dress is so cute, I love how you styled it
    xo
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  35. que lindas palabras
    y que cierto!
    lo primero es quererse uno mismo, y luego ayudar a los demás.
    por cierto, ese vestido esta genial.
    un beso

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  36. I love all the quotes shared here and you are lovely!. Nominated you for the Liebster Award http://www.annyamagishi.com/2017/11/the-liebster-award-nomination.html

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann. really appreciate the nomination:)

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  37. Marina, I love this post. Your insight was right on point and I had to learn how to be selfish with myself the hard way. Sometimes, when you give, give, give, you forget what it feels like to receive and by that time, it's too late. Amazing logic. Iman!! www.theigbblog.com

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    1. Thank you for your comment Iman, this is what my post is all about, to shed light on the importance of self-love and self-confidence and hope more people including me would start taking care of ourselves before giving all of our time and energy to others. :)

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  38. Such a cute an pretty look! I like it.
    Nice post!
    rampdiary
    fineartandyou

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  39. That is so true about self love. We need to love ourselves enough to be OK with our choices and not just blend on.
    Great post xx
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