Love Yourself Series - Miranda
There are some people you meet in life whose words ring truer than true -whose words come from a place of genuine truth...and so you listen, just a little more carefully. Miranda is one of those people. I know she comes from a place of love and understanding and I value her ideas and opinions. She is someone who sees gratitude in the smallest details of life and you can't help but follow suit. She is a fiercely courageous woman, with a heart of gold and beauty that comes from the inside out - I know she has had a challenging year and half, but I also know she has fostered a self-love that cannot be denied. Miranda, you are worthy, you are more worthy than you will ever know.
this is miranda
Why are you passionate about self-love?
I read online somewhere that self-love is ‘dynamic’ – compounding sets or series of actions that we have to be mindful about putting into motion, and it’s these actions that uplift us creating a more positive mindset and a positive space for yourself to be in as well as others. The last year and a half has brought more solitary moments into my life than I imagined or expected, but I am slowly learning to take the time for myself, to give myself the grace to fall, the courage to stand, and the strength to be my own pillar. If I can give these gifts to myself, I can in turn be a better human, a better daughter, friend, and more importantly, a better mom to my two boys. This new ‘quiet’ in my life has allowed me time to process, to accept my weaknesses, and to see my strengths more clearly. Though I still fall (and will in the future), the time and space has allowed me to slowly figure out my why and to try to live my life as intentionally as possible. Self-love begins with me, and I am creating it in all the little nooks and crannies of my life; turning up the music and dancing, snuggled up in a blanket enjoying a hot coffee (or wine), getting some exercise/going for walks, getting in all the hugs and kisses from my two boys, tossing a bouquet of fresh flowers in my grocery cart, cooking for and spending time with family and friends.
What qualities about yourself do you love and appreciate?
I like to think that I have my mom’s humour - her ability to see the lighter side of things and the humour in the everyday. I like to think I am also funny...or at least I can crack myself up. I think that I have my dad’s tenacity - the courage, determination and perseverance to accomplish what needs to be done. I think I’m a fun person, and definitely a fun mom! My work ethic, integrity, and creativity. My independence. That I’m sociable...though I feel less so in my ‘old age’.
What do you do for yourself to recharge and to encourage self-love?
Trying to go to bed early...or at least getting more than 5 hours of sleep! Sleeping in, pampering myself with a massage or a pedicure, listen to music (it’s so therapeutic!), connecting with friends, laughing, and exercising. My photography/taking pictures. Trying new things. Snuggles, goofing around, and adventuring with my two kidlets.
What makes you feel beautiful?
Laughing, especially the kind where happy joyful tears are coming out and you are laughing so hard that you struggle to catch your breath. I don’t think I ‘look’ beautiful in this instance, but I feel beautiful. When my boys do little things - like leave me love notes ‘I LUY MOM’ all over, when they gently caress the baby hairs on my head, when they say randomly stop mid-activity to tell me that they love me, and when they look at me, complete with ‘disheveled mom-bun bedhead with glasses, unbrushed teeth sitting in rumpled PJs’, and tell me that I am the most beautiful girl in the world. These unexpected loving gestures and actions bring me joy and makes me feel beautiful because they are glimpses into their perspective of me.
What demands in your life hold you back from making time for yourself?
Lack of time (I’m sure that’s just an excuse) and being overwhelmed with to-do’s and activities. I have good days and bad days of being mindful of putting time towards myself. I also am a ‘yes’ person - to myself and to others...so trying to people please less and fuel what drives me more.
Do you have a favourite quote or a book that encourages you to put yourself first?
“So close no matter how far Couldn’t be much more from the heart Forever trusting who we are And nothing else matters” - Nothing Else Matters, Metallica -
What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create. -Buddha-
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be proud of who you are. Stay true and be honest with yourself. What others think won’t matter in the long run. Hang on. Nurture those that nurture you.
Thank you so much Miranda, for working with us, for being open and vulnerable about self-love and giving back to a community of women who want to grow and connect. We know that this session was much needed at this time in your life.
* Makeup by the amazing Chelsea, from Allure Beauty By Chelsea
* Hair by our newest member of the Love Yourself Team, the talent herself, Kat, from The Hair Lounge