We are surrounded by influences: the media, celebrities, family, friends... they can all shape the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves. However, believe me, your biggest influence is yourself. And that can be both amazing or dangerous.
The way we portrait ourselves is massively important. If you have a bad image of yourself, if you think of yourself in depriciative ways, it interfers with your happiness and mental health. But you can change that. By starting to see yourself as the amazing person you truly are things can change for the better,

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You have to learn how to love and accept who you are. It is not easy, I know. And it takes time, I know. But I also know that you can do it. Don't be afraid to put yourself first, to stand up for yourself and to do whatever you want that makes you feel the best you you can be. Be confident, confidence looks gorgeous on you. It really does!
Even when things aren't going perfectly, smile every day and compliment yourself. Tell yourself you look cute today, you are beautiful, you are powerful and you can do anything you want. And mean it. Believe in your words towards yourself. If you once believed in all the negative thoughts you had about yourself, why can't you believe in all the nice things you can tell yourself? You are so worthy of happiness and love, but you only will have happiness and love once you find happiness and love within you.
You should love yourself, and do it for yourself, but know that once you embrace who you are people will see it in you as well. Some may not like that you became a confident bad ass queen but their jealousy doesn't define you and you should step away from that negativity. Other will love your confidence and acceptance and will be ready to give that love back to you. Confidence and self love make you attractive and with it you will attract the right people!

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I believe in you and that you can finally be able to feel good on your own skin. It will make a huge difference in your life, for the better. You can practice by smiling, complimenting yourself (TELL YOURSELF YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL EVERY DAY IT REALLY WORKS WITH TIME TRUST ME) and by reminding yourself that you are unique and no one can take your essence away from you. You are so important.

You have the biggest influence on yourself. Only you can determine who you really are. Remember to be a good influencer and you'll be the best you can ever be.

~ me (@loveinbrooklyn)