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A journey to self love : How to blossom in all aspects of your life

A journey to self love : How to blossom in all aspects of your life


Although it can be difficult at first, self-love is something that everyone should invest in. It’s similar to coming out of a dark place and into the light. Though it may hurt your eyes at first, you soon realize that the magnificent view was worth it. My journey to self love started when I decided that I could not move forward without making peace with my past. I tried to jump on the road to happiness several times, but I always stumbled and fell whenever I encountered the tiniest cracks, not knowing why and blaming myself for being weak. I realized then that I owed myself to stop for a moment. I needed to look back just long enough to understand and learn where I came from and where I was heading. I stopped being selfish and started being generous instead: with my time, energy and, most of all, patience. It’s something I have always neglected. That’s how my journey to self-love and self-improvement finally began.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

It’s a never-ending road. It’s a road that’s meant to make you finally understand the deepest layers of your soul. I have learned so much since I adopted this lifestyle and became a much happier and healthier person. I read somewhere that “being happy is a very personal thing, and it really has nothing to do with anyone else”. These words still resonate in my mind. Every single day, they remind me that I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I owe it to myself to be genuine.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

I still get angry, sad or frustrated sometimes, but I have learned to accept these emotions. I no longer run from them or repress them. Feeling that way doesn’t mean that you are failing. It means you are still on this amazing journey and you are not willing to give up even if you stumble a little. Be gentle, be honest to yourself and allow yourself to feel everything.

Acknowledge every emotion and question why are you feeling it. When it’s possible, do something about it. It’s not too late for anything. It’s never late to become who you want to become. If you need to apologize, apologize. If you need to thank someone for a gesture they made months or even years ago, don’t waste any second longer. If you feel like it’s the right thing to do and it will make you feel lighter or happier, do it.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

But burn bridges if you must. Eliminate the negativity and cut it out of your life without feeling guilty. It can be scary, but it is worth it. You need to protect yourself and immerse yourself in a healthy and positive environment that allows you to grow and blossom, just like a cute little plant. That was a very important step for me. Once I did it, I felt so much better. Sooner than you think, your energy will attract similar positive energies and will slowly distance itself from the negative ones. Surround yourself with good people, listen more and learn. Never stop learning, never stop growing and don’t let anyone ever take away from you the chance to do and be better.

Last but not least, I am here to tell you that no matter how many times you give up or fall and feel like you hit rock bottom, there is a way to get back on your feet and stand back up again. As Beau Taplin said, ”(…) Your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest – thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.” Rely on your bones, flesh and blood, but most of all, your mind. Every tiny cell in your body is working so hard to keep you alive and your mind – your mind can do wonders. Love each of them back, as they unconditionally love you. Love yourself and become invincible.

This journey to self love was shared by PumpUp member @sophievcr. Follow her blog on Tumblr to keep track of her journey!

12 quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence

12 quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence


Take care of how you speak to yourself. You're capable! Don't dwell on the opinions of others. Rather than focusing on what you 'hate' about yourself, focus on your capabilities with laser-like precision. Thinking about 'failure' will only set you up for a fate that involves disappointment. Positive thoughts will eventually manifest into positive outcomes. Let these quotes about self-love boost your confidence, so that you can truly and fully embrace an active lifestyle without any inhibitions. My legs are strong and allow me to run and climb // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence from the PumpUp Blog

You are not a mistake — you're capable!  - Quote shared by PumpUp member @medserendipity

I've finally stopped running away from myself. Who else is there better to be // Quotes about self-love from the PumpUp Blog

Who else is there better to be but the best version of you? Embrace yourself. You're all you - Photo via PumpUp member @lustucru

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers // Quotes about self-love via the PumpUp Blog

You are the creator of your own destiny - Photo via Lauren Hom on Dribbble

The only person who can pull me down is myself // Quotes about self-love from the PumpUp Blog

Don't give others the power to pull you down. Own your own accomplishments and climb over the obstacles that you encounter along the way. - Photo via PumpUp member @climberjones

Putting myself first isn't selfish but necessary // Quotes about self-love via the PumpUp Blog

Take care of yourself. You're just as important as anybody else - Photo via Pinterest

Fill in the blank. I am ____ // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (via PumpUp)

Fill in the blanks. You are everything you set yourself out to be. - Photo via I Love Romantic Loves

Whatever you believe about yourself on the inside is what you will manifest on the outside // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (via PumpUp)

Manifest your beliefs. Turn positive thoughts into positive actions. - Photo via BeHappy

This is the year I will be stronger, braver, kinder, and unstoppable // Quotes about self-love (DwellBeautiful via the PumpUp Blog)

This year is your year. Own your actions for the years to come - Photo via DwellBeautiful.

Every decision I make is the right one for me - Quotes about self-love // Louise Hay via the PumpUp Blog

Your decisions are ultimately up to you. Make ones that are right for you - Photo via Louise Hay

Get out of your own way // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (Ann Marie Loves via the PumpUp Blog)

Don't stand in your own way. Pave your own path and set an example for yourself and for others - Photo via Ann-Marie Loves

The world you desired can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It's yours // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (via the PumpUp Blog)

The world is yours. Love yourself enough to realize your potential - Photo via Lovely Clusters Shop

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (via the PumpUp Blog)

Hold your head up high and walk with confidence - Photo via Refinery29

Did these quotes about self-love help you today? Let us know what your favorite quotes and sayings are in the comments below! Share your best quotes about self-love on PumpUp with the hashtag #MotivationMonday.

You are absolutely enough. Here are all the reasons why.

You are absolutely enough. Here are all the reasons why.


I am trying to remember when I first became self-conscious of my body.   When did I go from being a happy-go-lucky girl to being ashamed of my body? I can’t pinpoint when that happened exactly. I remember when I was in fifth grade, wanting to look like other girls in my class because I was bigger. I remember boys in middle school making fun of my c-cup sized boobs. I remember when the insult “fat” was hurled at me like a torpedo when I’d get into an argument with my friend’s sister. In 6th grade, I remember crying myself to sleep a lot of nights because I thought that I was just so hideous and not good enough. This all breaks my heart. I’ve always thought that those experiences have made me into the strong confident woman that I am today. But looking back, I was a pretty strong person all along.  One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” I had this written on a sheet of paper that I carried around in my purse when I was in high school. Another quote from that same sheet of paper said, “Sticks and Stones can only break bones, but words can shatter the soul.” I’ve seen this quote attributed to Adam Savage. I think I came across it in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. I read a lot of those back then. And my, how true those words are.

Words can wound pretty deeply and cause a lot of emotional damage. People can be so cruel, especially when they are hiding behind a computer screen. It is so shocking to me, some of the savage things I have read on the Internet – complete strangers hurling insults and unsolicited advice at anyone who is different than they are. I shudder to think about how my life would have been if I grew up in the age of social media. Being different or uncool was hard enough without the pressures of living life in such a public way - Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, and probably a ton of other social media platforms that I am too old and out of touch to even know about. I don’t understand the desire to tear someone down to build you up. You are enough. Although I guess I can understand it a little since I tore myself down on a daily basis in the past because I didn’t realize that I was enough.

Sometimes, you just have to be your own superhero


I don’t pretend to know the answers. How do we stop bullying? I know that education is important - education about bullying, education about positive body image, education about self-worth, education about love. I also think that some bullying is learned behavior. It’s up to all of us to be positive role models for our youth. Let me say that again: It’s up to ALL of us.

I try not to preach about things because I definitely don’t have the answers. People get bullied for all kinds of reasons, not just about weight or body image. All I knew to do was to cry and let it out and tap into that inner strength to get through it, because it did get better. It took me a while to get to the place in my life where I knew that I was enough, but I got there. So for all those that are out there struggling, please know that you are not alone. You are never alone. Also know that you are enough. No matter what, you are enough. All of our strengths and weaknesses and quirks make up this wonderful tapestry of life. I know that sounds so cheesy, but I realize it more and more every day. If any of you ever feel that it’s a little overwhelming or you're struggling with the “enough” part, please reach out to me. And for everyone else that gets it - all of you who realize your self-worth and know that you are enough in life, don’t you want to lend a helping hand to others on that journey from time-to-time?

You are enough. Here are all the reasons why - PumpUp Blog

This is a post by PumpUp member @k_c, a vivacious blogger based in Central Arkansas. Learn more about her through her blog:

How Maryann learned to love herself through PumpUp

How Maryann learned to love herself through PumpUp

Regardless of our shape, size, or fitness level, we all deal with weight-based comments sooner or later. Maryann was just 14 years old when she took another person’s remark about her weight to heart. “Several summers before I began to use PumpUp, somebody made a comment about how I gained some weight, and I didn’t like that at all,” she recalled. “But it’s very hard to break away from old habits because most of the time, you’re helpless. You don’t know how to change.” Maryann wasn’t able to control most what she ate at such a young age. But from that point onward, she made a commitment to love herself by embracing a healthy lifestyle. “I’m proud of how far I’ve come, as I’m almost 18,” Maryann gushed. “Before PumpUp, I tried to eat healthy and workout on a daily basis using at-home workouts (I’ve only been to the gym once in my entire life). The problem was that I often gave up on my goals. Maryann lacked the motivation to be consistent about her objectives but quickly found inspiration from the PumpUp community. “Seeing everybody else’s progress and learning how others live their own health journeys really interested me and using PumpUp was the best and only way to pursue my own journey,” she affirmed. “Since I started with PumpUp, I learned new things about being healthy and about myself.”

For one, Maryann learned to love herself by not being too restrictive about her eating habits. “I used to eat completely healthy all week and allow myself to have a cheat day on Fridays,” she explained. “But I’d end up eating all of the bad food I could eat in such a short amount of time. I knew I wouldn’t be allowed to have it during any other day.” Her eating habits are much less restricted, and much more balanced since she joined PumpUp. “I no longer deprive myself from certain foods and snap every weekend. When I want something, I have a small portion of it. It’s all about moderation.”

This attitude has extended to other spheres of Maryann’s life since she began to interact with the PumpUp community. “I’ve learned to accept my body: being perfect does not exist,” she said strongly. “I can change my body but I’ll never look like that person on television. I’ll look like a different version of me, and I’m okay with that. I began to learn that appearance is not important. What’s important is being healthy.”

As an aspiring nutritionist, Maryann hopes to leverage her PumpUp profile to help others just as they’ve helped her. “I want to make sure that others shouldn’t always believe unfounded myths about food or exercise,” she insisted. “What we see on the Internet or on television might not necessarily be good for you. I want to help others live a healthy lifestyle and make sure that they aren’t harming themselves.” In the short-term, she also hopes to run a half-marathon and improve her stamina. “I know that PumpUp can give me the support I need,” she professed.

Biggest Motivation

My parents would be my biggest motivation. As I said earlier when I was 14 I wanted to change my lifestyle but my parents didn’t really want to. But one year ago for my mom and around two years ago for my dad, they decided to change their eating habits and they started walking and gradually running. Their goal is to run a 5k in every province in Canada and they already ran in two provinces. They both lost more than 100lbs each, I couldn’t be more proud!

Favourite snack

A peanut butter and banana sandwich is literally the simplest and most delicious thing you can eat. You just need two slices of multigrain bread, both covered in peanut butter and you just need to add banana slices on one of the bread slice and put them together… voilà!

Favourite motivational saying

’’Giving up is like telling yourself you are not worth it.” It’s a saying from my best friend Jean-Luc.

How Maryann stays active

I love to run and walk (my favourite activity). I also really love Fitness Blender videos. I have been using those for three years and I still can’t get enough. I also use Jillian Michaels videos or any other workout DVDs I find in stores. I am falling in love with kickboxing and HIIT workouts which I love to do and also Yoga. I just do a bit of everything depending of my mood.

More about Maryann

I really want to become a nutritionist and my main goal is to help the most people I can to be healthy and happy because if you’re not healthy the rest doesn’t really matter. I have always been interested in food and how it impacts your body, how your muscles function and how training affects them, etc. I’d also loooove to open a restaurant when I’m older (a healthy food and ecofriendly one of course).

Keep Maryann pumped on the PumpUp app @mani_the_blueberry!