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It’s been a long time since I posted an encouraging self-help post. So long, in fact, that I feel ashamed of myself.

The truth is, the older I get, the more I struggle with being vulnerable. Maybe it’s because I’m “growing up” and it seemingly feels as if I have more to lose. I will admit that I still become fearful thinking of who specifically reads my words. Sometimes I just want my life to be private, and I’m unsure if blogging is the right choice at times. However, I don’t want those insecurities to deter me from being real on this blog. I vow to post more raw posts for you all, and I apologize that I lost touch with this part of myself. I know my self-help posts is what attracted many of you to my blog in the first place. I am sorry I have been out of touch lately.

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I wanted to share with you what has been on my mind lately.

There is an activity I have been doing with my high school students that has been close to my heart. The initiative is called, “Give What You Can, Take What You Need.” Essentially, I’ve been encouraging my adolescents to write an encouraging message for someone in need, but not before taking what they need first. See the example here of what this project looks like.

Whether it was a favorite quote, an affirmation, or simply a phrase, I asked my students to leave positive encouragement. I encouraged them to write a message that they wished someone would leave for them. My only request was that the message was intentional and meaningful.

The messages my students wrote to one another were beautiful. Some of their words made me smile, and some of their words broke my heart.

Some of the messages read,

“Smile!”

“Believe in yourself.”

“You are beautiful.”

“You are smart.”

“You got this.”

However, some chose to write more solemn messages that carried heaviness.

For example, the simple word of “Comfort,” read the sticky note.

A message that stated, “There is nothing wrong with you. You are human.”

“Just keep going. One more day.”

“Never let who broke your heart make you not want to love anymore. That person is just another person. I love you.”

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And then, one message particularly jumped out at me, because it was what I personally needed in the moment:

“You’ll get there.”

This is what I needed to hear. It almost goes without explanation.

I’ll get there.

I’m imperfect. I’m flawed. I’m a ticking time bomb. I’m insecure. I’m incomplete. I’m unseasoned. I’m unfinished.

But I’ll get there.

And you will get there, too.

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Photography by Shaunae Teske

So, now it’s my turn to ask you. What do you need today?

Is it comfort? Maybe strength? Perhaps unconditional love?

Most importantly, what encouragement can you leave for others? Something to think about.

Happy Tuesday, babes.

Xoxo,

  • Aww, your students sound so genuine and sweet. I love this project and think it was a great idea! I love that you were able to benefit from it as well.

    • They are wonderful humans. <3 Thanks for stopping by, Em!

  • Zana Djakovic

    This is so beautiful. :) I’ll get there!

  • I think the same message resonates will be. I know I’ll never be perfect here on this earth, but I can grow, improve, and thrive. And then one day, when I go to meet my Savior, he will make me perfect forever. I will get there. It’s so true.

  • What an inspirational post. I love that you encourage the kids to help themselves and be empathetic towards others.

  • Beth

    Your post is so inspiring! You are awesome and you are doing awesome! Your blog post inspired me and, I’m certain, plenty of other to “do good”.

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

    • <3 Thanks for stopping by, love!

  • Chelsea, this is my first time reading your blog… but I found this post so resonating. You’ll get here has the same effect to me as “you’re okay”… just so soothing and reassuring. We need to let our inner selves hear this more so we can all be more confident and self-loving. Thank you for sharing this post. I loved reading it!

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic
    http://www.mycubiclechic.com

    • Hi Jessica! I am glad to hear you loved the post <3 You're okay, and you WILL get there! xo

  • Aw what a lovely post – your students sound amazing. They will go so far in life with those attitudes!

    • Thanks, Megan! They are pretty great!

  • It sounds like you have an amazing group of kids! Your message of “you’ll get there” is so inspiring. Honestly, I need a little more love in my life. Spending more time with my fiancé has definitely helped, and I think being around family and friends more for the holidays will also help. Thanks for sharing your heart, girl.

    • Aw. I am sending you SO much love, babe! xoxo

  • Kristen Jones

    I just love this post so much. You’ll get there and You’ve got this resonate so much with me. They are things that I constantly remind myself and others. You got this is something my best friend and hubby say to me when I’m feelin’ defeated. I love that you’re doing this with your students, too! <3

    • Aw I am so happy to hear that you have a supportive best friend and husband. We all need people in our lives who lift us up!! xoxo

  • I truly needed this post today, thank you.

    • Thank you so much for reading <3

  • YES. So needed this today, Chelsea. Your students sound awesome – and such a role model you are to them. Always love your self-help posts the most. <3

    • Thank you, Summer! I am going to try and get back into them more often. I have a great post coming up that I think you will really like. Hoping to publish it by the end of the week. <3

  • AMEN AMEN. And what an awesome project, too. I feel the exact same way (more often than I’d like to admit) about just wanting to be private and not be on social media at ALL, really. But you’re right – gotta focus on the good you can do!!

    • It’s a struggle as a blogger. Some days, I feel like posting ever little detail, and other days, I just want to delete all of my socials!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    Oh I love this! We are all a work in progress, and it can be hard to feel like we’re truly ever going to be “finished”. Love your outfit too!

    • That’s true. I don’t think I will EVER be finished.

  • I love that you had your students write what they would like to hear and I love your beautiful outfit! I think if I were to write something now that I would want to hear, I would write “you are valuable to me.” That is something I struggle feeling in friendships.

    • That is such a good one. I hope you do know that you are valued. <3