These 20 Insta Poems From Alex Elle Will Remind You How To Love Yourself

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You should be your first priority in your life.

Love yourself… it sounds appealing, doesn’t it? We get told to love ourselves in music, media, and by our overly supportive mothers, but how do we really do it?

Do people really love themselves, or is it all just a bunch of talk?

The idea that loving yourself is a one-time thing is the FIRST idea you need to throw out. Self-love is not an easy game to play. You’re gonna SWEAT and CRY... and most of the time, it won’t REALLY be that fun.

But let me tell you, when actually learn to start loving yourself as you are, and you learn to get rid of the negative self-talk, you will grow more than you ever thought you could.

So who do you look at as a role model? Who’s the best teacher of self-love? 

Looking to someone for inspiration helps. Take a look at Alex Elle, a poet and a writer who features much of her work on her Instagram

But she's more than just a poet; she is a spokeswoman for overcoming hardships, abuse and heartbreak through self-love, self-care, and affirmative language.

You learn the story of her life through her poetry, and she leaves nothing out. By sharing her journey, she’s showing others how self-care leads to a life of love and healing.

Her Instagram is like a diary; and her life looks SERIOUSLY beautiful. And that’s because she admits that it’s not always perfect. 

Her feed is scattered with images and stories of her husband, daughter, and now a new baby on the way. She shares her life with her audience and makes us love her even MORE than we already did.

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As it says on her website, “Her passion for storytelling, poetry, and narrative writing are infused with life lessons, self-celebration, and building community through reading, writing, and language.”

She does SO much more than just writing!

She runs a blog, a podcast, hosts workshops and publishes her books. Talk about a serious Girl Boss.

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In her poetry and prose, she shares the hardships she’s been through family struggles, young pregnancy, heartbreak, emotional abuse, difficulties conceiving and loving yourself completely despite EVERYTHING.

It took A LOT for her to become the gorgeous woman we see on social media, and it only makes her more inspiring. She’s pretty much every awesome thing that a powerful woman could be!

She’s a POC woman raising a feminist daughter, has a supportive and loving husband and has created a brand dedicated to empowering and inspiring women who love themselves.

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Everyone has slip ups, days when you’re angry, bitter, or just sad. It’s easy to slip into these feelings and sit in them, letting yourself suffer, because that’s easier than picking yourself up.

But Alex Elle is the perfect example of why picking yourself up, no matter how heavy you feel, will turn out to be the BEST decision of your life.

She’s got a TON of poems to choose from, so we’ve curated 20 of her most INSPIRING self-love quotes to help lead you on YOUR self-love journey.

You’ve got this.

 

If you're searching for the best quotes and memes to share with the people you love (or just want to feel inspired yourself) ... look no further! From the sweetest love quotes, inspirational sayings, and hilarious friendship truths, we've got you covered.

Never lose your magic.
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"You will love people who will never love you back. And still you musn't misplace your magic." - Alex Elle

Protect yourself.
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"Some people will always have to be kept at (or loved from) a distance. Don't feel guilty for protecting your space and peace of mind." - Alex Elle

Stop hurrying.
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"Note to self: to genuinely appreciate life and enjoy the process of living, you must be mindful, intentional, and patient. Stop hurrying. Honor the sacred act of taking your time." - Alex Elle

Stand in your love.
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"When I fell in love and it didn't hurt or threaten my joy I knew it was finally real and safe enough to stand in." - Alex Elle

Own it.
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"Be bold enough to stand tall in your truth. You are powerful. You are a force. No one can take your story away from you. Own it." - Alex Elle

Real love.
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"I've never had anyone say to me that love, real love, would be my greatest joy. That it would come in the night and seep into my heart like spilled milk into the cracks of reclaimed wood tables. No one ever said love should be safe or feel sacred or that it's better when shared with two whole hearts instead of halves." - Alex Elle

Let it go.
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"The hardest thing about unlearning is letting go of what you thought you knew." - Alex Elle

Careful.
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"Ease into yourself, sweetly. Take your time. There is no rush to put yourself back together all at once." - Alex Elle

unlove is not sweet.
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"Who taught you to unlove yourself so sweetly that you actually thought it tasted good?" - Alex Elle

Womanhood is powerful.
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"Womanhood taught me: staying silent about my story and struggle serves no one. I was given a voice and I will share and speak up for women who feel voiceless." - Alex Elle

One-sided.
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"You will love people who will never love you back. And still you mustn't ever misplace your magic." - Alex Elle

Show up for yourself.
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"There will be moments in life when showing up for yourself will mean leaving behind the people who dont." - Alex Elle

Triumphant.
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"I am still me without you. I found myself in the same darkness that I found my light." - Alex Elle

Love YOU.
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"You don't need them to love you for you to love you." - Alex Elle

Repair.
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"We want people to love us. So hard that they glue us back together into our whole self again. We place broken eggs and hearts into wicker baskets praying for a miracle. And when they can't, we realize, the work was never up to them. It was always up to us." - Alex Elle

Make room for happiness.
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"How do you find happiness? You don't, it finds you. Your job is to simply make room for when it shows up." - Alex Elle

Piece by peace.
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"how do we rebuild our brokenness? Day by day. Piece by peace." - Alex Elle

Be something for yourself.
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"I can't be everything to everyone else if I am nothing to myself." - Alex Elle

Be tender.
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"Today I affirm: with resilience must come tenderness." - Alex Elle

Love has many flavors.
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"We must keep in mind that love tastes different to everyone."- Alex Elle

 

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