You Can Be Both

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The other day at work when it was super dead I decided to do a little word exercise to try and trigger some more blog ideas. I would write down a descriptor word that I myself wanted to be and then I would pair it with another word that to some might almost seem like a contradictory word. I want to prove that you can be both. Humans are far from one-dimensional. Humans are very complex… all those feelings, emotions, thoughts, ideas, etc. floating around inside each and every one of us. We are never just one thing. So I wanted to share the list of some of the pairings I came up with. Some of the pairings that I aspire to attain each and every day. Pairings that make each of us a whole and rounded person full of life and surprises, never normal or predictable. I now say these to myself as self-affirmations and positive reminders to myself when the day is a bit bumpy. So I wanted to share so you could also remind yourself of these pairings.

 

You can be

Powerful AND Beautiful

You can be

Soft AND Fierce

You can be

Strong AND Caring

You can be

Confident AND Kind

You can be

Ambitions AND Empathetic

You can be

Loving AND Firm

You can be

Secure in Yourself AND Generous

You can be

Passionate about Life AND Enjoy the Moment

You can be

Magnificent AND Humble

You can be

Courageous AND Have Moments of Fear

You can

Care Deeply for Others AND Put Yourself First

You can be

Positive AND Have Moments when you struggle with doubt

You can be

Incredibly Happy AND Sad in the SAME DAY

You can be

Adventurous AND Want to have Moments of Quiet

You can be

A Good Listener AND Speak Your Mind when you feel the need

 

We are all so complex and never just one thing. I saw a quote the other day that said both honey and a wildfire are gold, both good and bad. There are always many facets and sides to everything and everyone. We all need to take the time to learn and embrace those sides of ourselves as well as others around us. We need to be accepting when someone is different from us. When we don’t always see eye to eye or agree on everything and that is okay! That’s what makes us human and makes life exciting. We need to be able though in ourselves to accept those differences and be secure in being fully and unapologetically human and ourselves. Never apologize for how you are feeling. It is not wrong to feel a certain way. It is not wrong to not always be the same or as others expect us to be. It is not wrong to change our mind about a certain thing and decide to do something different.

Life isn’t set in stone…. Life is like water, always moving, never exactly the same. Powerful and mysterious, water always seems to be a magnet for me. The items floating in the water, the shimmers of the ripples reflecting from the sun, the cool and refreshing feeling of standing in the water on a hot day, the calming sounds of the waves and currents, all beautiful aspects that add up to create something beautiful and mysterious. There is so much beauty in all the different pieces that come together to make a masterpiece. ALL the pieces that make up you, the good, the bad, the flaws, the differences, the quirks…. Everything. If we fiercely love everything about ourselves and embrace our flaws we are forces to be reckoned with. No one can ever use our flaws against us or try to bring us down because we are secure in ourselves.

Remember this:

 

I am worthy

I am loved

And

I am enough

 

S’Agapo

Photo By Stephan Bullard

 

54 Comments Add yours

  1. The power of AND is quite remarkable.

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    1. mjaquette says:

      It really is!!!!

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  2. Dante says:

    This is awesome!

    I might borrow this, if you’ll let me.

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yes go for it!!!! Just leave my link or something at the bottom 🙂 appreciate you!!

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      1. Dante says:

        Thank you! Of course, I definitely will

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      2. mjaquette says:

        ☺️☺️☺️☺️

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      3. mjaquette says:

        Wow thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  3. madisonpittman says:

    this is awesome. I’m always torn between wanting to be so many things (that often seem opposite) but in reality can work in harmony!

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    1. mjaquette says:

      They really do!!! It’s finding that balance and being proud of all the different things you are and can be! Xoxoxo

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  4. This is brilliant, and inspirational, I just subscribed. X https://www.mimiprentice.com

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Aaaahh thank you so much! Xoxoxo

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  5. justnatonya says:

    So inspiring Mikaela!! You’re right, we can be both. Too often do we place limitations on ourselves and live with a boxed-in mindset to living life. This is such an encouraging way to break those chains💙👏🏾

    Natonya | https://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Aw thank you so much for reading sis! So freaking true xoxoxo

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  6. Jaya Avendel says:

    I am a huge believer in people being full of many different qualities; I love to see people defy niches and stereotypes, and I love the positive affirmation you end this on.

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yeah I totally believe that too!! Thank you for reading! You’re awesome xoxoxo

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  7. Jessica says:

    Everything you’ve said is so true and encouraging!! I love how you always encourage SELF LOVE!! Great post!! 💕 I think your mission was accomplished during your down time at work 🤗 thanks for sharing!!
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    1. mjaquette says:

      Aw yeah I’m glad!!!!! Xoxoxo that makes me happy to hear. Love ya lots xo

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      1. Jessica says:

        Love you back!! 🥰😜

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  8. dr.rasi gupta says:

    Beautifully written! We are not a box of cereal who can be defined in set boundaries! We are complex and as long as the net value of all that are, is positive, we are more than enough and capable. 😊❤

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Exactly! I love that box of cereal idea. It’s so true too. Thank you for reading!

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  9. Laura'sLife 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴 says:

    I quite agree with your sentiment. We can have many different traits which are opposite. I recognise that in myself too. Thanks for sharing x

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    1. mjaquette says:

      I so agree!!! Xoxoxo thank you for reading!

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  10. Hannah Read says:

    Yes, I love these! Particularly this one, which is so important in modern times:

    Care Deeply for Others AND Put Yourself First

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yesssss that one!!! Xoxoxo it’s so important

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  11. kaciventures says:

    This is AMAZING! I love it so much. I feel so inspired right now!!
    Thank you so much for this. I didn’t realize that I needed to hear it. I will have to remember this in the future when I feel like I have to be one or the other.

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Aaaaah yes love!!! I’m so happy this helps! You’re incredible! Xoxoxo

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  12. Life is truly like water. Really beautiful post!

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Thank you so much!!!

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  13. This is so inspirational. I love the juxtaposition of the words you’ve chosen. Especially fierce and soft! I am both of this things as well!

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yes!!! Thank you for reading girl xoxoxo

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  14. I love this post. Especially in this day when it feels like we can all be against each other. We have to remember that we are HUMAN and that others have feelings and emotions just like us.

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yes yes yes! I so agree with you! Thank you for reading! Xoxoxo

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  15. What a beautifully written thought evoking post ❤️

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Aw thank you so much!

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  16. elenxmai says:

    The affirmation at the end of this post is so beautiful! It’s definitely possible to be more than one thing in this life, and it’s important to believe in yourself. Thank you so much for writing this post. xx
    El // Welsh Wanderer

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yes it’s so important!!! Xoxoxo thank you for reading love!!

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  17. Ami says:

    Your post has really made me think twice. Thanks for giving me a new perspective!

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Aw yeah!!! I’m so glad!! Xoxoxo

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  18. You really know how to write in an inspirational manner. I have to admit that I am more than impressed. All the best!

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Wow thank you so much!!! That really means a lot to me! I appreciate you!

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  19. justthegameoflife says:

    I love this! It’s true you can be two things that contradict yourself and it doesnt mean anything bad

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yes I so agree!! Xoxoxo

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  20. Such a good reminder, we are multi faceted creatures and the good and bad comes from how we apply it. For example being soft is seen as a good characteristic but it’s not good if you’re too soft and you let others walk all over you. Same can be said for being fierce, it’s not good to for others to fear your wrath but it’s a good trait to have when you need to be protective. Thank you for this insightful post. Would love for you read our latest post and let us know what you think (we’re fairly new bloggers so trying our best to spread our love, positivity and to promote self love and would love your insight )
    https://musingsofbrowngirls.com/2019/07/11/honouring-your-physical-boundaries-recognising-that-you-come-first-bgr/

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Yes I agree!!! A balance is needed in life!!! Thank you for reading! 🙂

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  21. jerserry says:

    This is so inspirational. i love this x

    Jess

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Thank you! Xoxoxo

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    1. mjaquette says:

      Aaah thank you!!

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  22. -Eugenia says:

    Love this! A lovely inspirational message!

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        You’re welcome!

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  23. Frank Dalziel says:

    Wow! You have all of these beautiful traits. You’ve done a wonderful job of describing one of the nicest human beings I know; Mikaela. I love all of the pairings, and they are natural fits. When describing yourself, just change “You can be…” to “You are …..”! I’m in awe of the wonderful soul who writes these blogs. So introspective and so vulnerable. Again, Thanks Mikaela, for being you! Xoxoxo

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