“Take Back What’s Yours” ~ Being Positive

takebackwhat'syoursThe “Take Back What’s Yours” campaign (started by Chloe) is all about bringing happiness to our lives with positive thoughts and actions, support, and love. The end goal is to encourage people out there who may be struggling, by making the resolution to take back something that was once yours- the happy and fulfilled life you once had.

Having a positive outlook is one of the hardest things for me. I seem to be a natural born pessimist, and I’ve been trying really hard to change that. In addition to My 35 Project, I will continue to try to change myself into an optimist. This campaign just reminds me of how much better I feel when I’m focusing on the positive instead of the negative. If you want to play too, you can do the following:

  • Decide on a positive resolution you are going to set yourself
  • Write a blog post talking about this campaign, the message it contains, and why you are taking part
  • Tag 10 bloggers to participate, or just to encourage
  • If you want to, include a photo of yourself with a handmade Take Back What’s Yours poster

Nessa's post

I was tagged by Nessa of That Chic Fashion Blog, in this post. She did something really cool, that I’m totally going to copy. Instead of just tagging 10 bloggers, she wrote each one (she actually did 25) a little note about why she likes what they do. How amazing is that? It made me happy and encouraged, so I will do that same. None of you have to feel obligated to participate, but I wanted to give my shout outs!

Arielle of With All My Affection

Arielle~ You were my first blogger follower, so you will always be special to me 🙂 I love your fashion posts!

Kim of And On That Note She Wrote

Kim~ I have so much fun reading about beauty products from a British perspective. I also think you’re awesome for loving Lush as much as I do.

Donna of My One Beautiful Thing

Donna~ You really do post one beautiful thing, and I love it. It always puts a smile on my face.

Kate of the Fancy Pants report

Kate~ You have my favorite OOTD posts. Sooooo much pretty, I can barely stand it.

Chelsea of Inspiration Indulgence

Chelsea~ Your blog is what I want mine to be. You are encouraging, thoughtful, and inspirational. You encourage me to slow down and do things the right way.

Sami of Flowers and Wanderlust

Sami~ You are much younger than me, and you’ve already figured out what I am just now embracing. It’s time to take life and live it for all that it is worth!

Lucy of Lucy Types

Lucy~ I am new to reading your blog, but I love it already. You’re creative and a talented writer. You make serious ideas interesting and fun.


I like to read your posts for beautiful words to relax me and stimulate my brain at the same time. I also really appreciate how supportive you are of my blog!

Karen of Fill Your Own Glass

Karen~ First of all, I just love this name. That’s what made me look into it in the first place. What a great concept! I enjoy your outlook and your posts help with my search for optimism!

Hold Me, Don’t Hold Me

I love your posts about parenthood. They make me smile, make me laugh, and help me ponder my own ideas about having a baby.

Have a happy day!


The Song that Always Gives Me a Pick Me Up

Jillian and GrandmaI think it’s a generally acknowledged fact that most women have trouble feeling beautiful, confident, and content with their appearance. We all wish it didn’t have to be that way. We are all beautiful, inside and out. Try as I might, I still struggle with it almost every day. I do have a go to song by india.arie that always inspires me to try harder to relax and trust myself. I have been listening to this song for probably 10 or 15 years. Warning: I wrote down these lyrics, so they may not be 100% correct.

“Video” by india.arie

Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don’t
Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won’t
Depending how the wind blows I might even paint my toes
It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul

I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally,
Because I am a queen I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be india.arie

When I look in the mirror the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s supposed to be
And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see


Am I less of a lady if I don’t wear pantyhose?
My momma said a lady ain’t what she wears but what she knows
But I’ve drawn the conclusion, it’s all an illusion
Confusion’s the name of the game
A misconception, a vast deception,
Something’s got to change

Now don’t be offended this is all my opinion
Ain’t nothing that I’m saying law
This is a true confession of a life learned lesson
I was sent here to share with y’all
So get in when you fit in
Go on and shine
Clear your mind
Now’s the time
Put your salt on the shelf
Go on and love yourself
‘Cause everything’s gonna be alright


Keep your fancy drinks, and your expensive minks
I don’t need that to have a good time
Keep your expensive cars and your caviar
All’s I need is my guitar

Keep your crystal and your pistol
I’d rather have a pretty piece of crystal
Don’t need you silicone, I prefer my own
What God gave me is just fine

Hear it here on BET

Buy it here on Amazon

Don’t you love it when music makes you feel good? I wish there were more artists out there making music that inspires women to be themselves and be happy with who they are.