Put simply, affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind to encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves or about the world and our place within it.

Shantia is an unwavering advocate on the power of affirmations and defeating negative self-speak. Here is a collection of her favorites. Use them to create the reality you WANT, not the reality your negative thoughts would like for you to find complacency in.

Shantia’s favorite affirmation when she’s prioritizing herself and feeling the guilt that often comes along with that decision:

Self-Care is NOT selfish.
I cannot pour from an empty cup.
I must take time to replenish ME.
I can say “no” and still be respected.
I am WORTHY of self-love.
I will put myself first WITHOUT guilt.
And when my cup feels empty,
I will remember to BREATHE.

Shantia’s favorite affirmation when she’s under work-related stressors:

I give my best
When I take care of MYSELF.
I will take time to process
My uncomfortable reactions
So that I can RESPOND instead.
Expectations are NATURAL,
And I will EXCEED them all.

Shantia’s favorite affirmation when she’s traveling and experiencing mom guilt:

You are POWERFUL beyond measure 
and your journey is BIGGER than you. 
You will BREATHE through this 
and you and your family will CONTINUE to thrive.