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'I've had to learn to fight all my life - got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile, things will work out.' - Serena Williams

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Hello everybody, I hope you are all having a great day! I'm not sure if you guys are aware of a little thing that is going around called the #ShowThatSmile project, if you're not, it is a campaign created by ¨⁕‥ ℳimi ‥⁕ ¨ (@sparkles_and_smiles), which was made to encourage us to be more confident and happy with ourselves and therefore - smile. Anyways, she tagged me to do the Smile tag, and when I found out, I was so happy. Having the chance to be a part of something that is so important for so many people is amazing so thank you so much. Right so without waffling on for any more, I'm going to go into it. Enjoy!

MY JOURNEY

I have always been a happy-go-lucky sort of person and I have always been one who, in general, has a positive energy. However, nobody is perfect, and I'm far from it and my life was never perfect either. Naturally, like everybody else, I have down days and days were I am not feeling confident in who I am or happy with who I am.

I particularly found this in secondary school. I was shy, awkward and weird. To be honest, I still am. I always felt like I could never measure up to the 'popular' kids and that crippled my self-esteem, especially when I was in Year 7 & 8.

However, I was never really one to conform to what other people viewed as what you should do or should wear. There were always things that was 'expected' to be considered at least semi-cool at school. And for the most part, I found it sort of...dumb, as I learned as I got older. Like no, I will not let you decide my worth based on your opinions. I'm so glad I realised that the opinions that other people have of you do 👏 not 👏 matter 👏!

Loads of people ask me how I managed to become so 'confident'. Honestly though, I don't really consider myself to be 'confident', I just chose to present myself in that way. 2017 was an amazing year for me, in every aspect of my life, I'm so thankful for everything that happened in my life, yep even the bad stuff. Last year, emotionally, I did have a few struggles and I dealt with things I've never dealt with before. I hit emotions I've never felt, and it was intense! In 2017, due to the actual nightmare that 2016 was, I decided to embark on a journey of self-love. Self-love is hard. It's probably one of the hardest things we can go through in life and it is something we all struggle with. With social media, we have access to people's lives from around the world and everyone looks so glamorous and 'perfect' and 'goals', and we find ourselves comparing our lives to theirs and comparison is the thief of joy! Comparison definitely hinders the self-love process because you will always think there is always someone who is prettier, smarter, funnier, more successful etc.. One thing I was taught growing up was that 'it could always be worse', even at your lowest or lows, it can always be worse. I remember in secondary school, I was dealing with a lot of things and I was always told, "Yasmin, it could be worse, you have food to eat, you have a house (etc)." One thing I learned a lot last year was to be grateful for what I have, because it is so easy to get caught up comparing ourselves and thinking that we don't have enough, which just ruins your happiness. I know there are lots of you out there who feel hopeless and are going through horrible things that nobody else can relate to, well I'm telling you right now, don't give up! Don't lose faith because once you hit the lows, you can rebuild your life stronger than ever and I promise you it will get better. We can't control everything that happens in life but practising self-love will give you a happier life.

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cred: @loveinbrooklyn

I feel like a lot of people look to other people to feel 'worthy' and 'happy' and 'confident'. They may seek compliments from the people around them, to gain a sense of validation. At the end of the day, regardless of how lovely or how often these compliments are, you still won't believe it. I've been guilty of this in the past, and I'm sure some of you guys are too. Realising these great things about yourself, by yourself, you don't need anybody to tell you anything, but when they do, it feels amazing. No one can make you love yourself. Don't find someone else to fill that void for you. Only you can fulfill yourself with self-love.

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cred: @www_annabethchase04

I would also go and look for things to make me love myself too. Whether it was new clothes, new makeup or a new hairstyle. However, once I began to love myself down to the core, the material things didn't matter. I think a lot of us search for things to make us better and I think we should be confident with who we are, naturally. External beauty is only external. It is so freeing to be in a happy relationship with yourself, because once you achieve that, everything you do, will make you happy. It is so important to never forget who you are as a person, underneath the makeup and other things. The person you are is all that matters.

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cred: @nainaathakur

Self-love has definitely been something that I've struggled with, for my entire life until last year. I was always thinking that I wasn't good enough and have these negative thoughts like "Why would anyone love me?" "Why would anyone want to hang out with me?" It was this constant battle with myself, and a lot of us think this way and it sucks, but once I started realising what I had to offer and started to build my self-confidence and self-love, my life became a million times better. I had better relationships with everyone around me and even you guys.

Last year, my connection with you guys became stronger than ever and I feel so close to you guys and I consider all of you guys my friends. I remember when I was giving heartbreak advice, I literally sat on WHI and was responding to you guys for 3 hours straight and I woke up the next day and was responding to more people for another few hours. Hearing your stories and the fact you guys would share these things with me was out of this world because some of these things were traumatic, and here I am just posting images and articles of the internet. I had no idea that so many of you guys would go through these sort of things. It made me open up my eyes and made me more humble. I'm so thankful for you guys and whenever I read messages from you guys, I always find that the most fulfilling ones are the ones that say I motivated or inspired you or made your day better. All I do is post images and write about what I believe and what I do, and learning that what I do makes you a happier person, makes me a happier person. So thank you, every single one of you, I love you.

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cred: @Heartattack_29

So this is my little contribution to the Smile Tag and the #ShowThatSmile project, I hope you all enjoyed it! A huge thank you again to @sparkles_and_smiles for tagging me, it means a lot. As I think this project has such an important message, I would like to tag a few people to do this tag as well, so I'm tagging:

— sparkles. ♡
— sparkles. ♡
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it would mean the world if you hearted it and send me a reaction. I love you guys all SO SO much and I'll talk to you guys soon.

Lots of love, Yasmin

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