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Céline Harleaux | My Dawning Light
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The other day, I had dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while.

I had been really looking forward to it, and simply couldn’t wait to catch up with her.

When we finally sat down after placing our order, the first thing that my friend did was to get her phone out of her bag, and check her messages.

She just had to “send that one quick message”, she told me.

I didn’t think much about it.

After the second, third, fourth time of her just checking that one quick message, I’d had enough.

I wish I could…

A young woman walking on the beach, and watching birds flying away
A young woman walking on the beach, and watching birds flying away
By Daniela Ramos Castillejos from Azul Studios

I have spent half of my life feeling stuck in a body and a life I felt I had not chosen.

I could tell you about the long years of loneliness, confusion and anxiety, years during which I felt like I didn’t belong, and couldn’t understand the rules of the game that everyone else seemed to master, seemingly without effort.

But I’ll focus on the episode that changed everything for the better: acne.

You know, having severe acne is painful and embarrassing, because it is a symptom of a much deeper physical disorder, but also because it’s just there for…

A Step-By-Step Guide To Self-Love

By Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Self-love is the foundation of a healthy, fulfilling life. Without it, you will be struggling and fighting against yourself to get what you want in life.

In other words, you will be living your life despite yourself.

I know this, because I’ve been on a journey to love myself for the past 5 years.

During that time, I healed my skin from cystic acne, met and married my partner, moved to the other side of the world, and ended up teaching self-love to women (and men) who are in much need of it.

If you’ve landed here, you may be…

Try This.

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything you can possibly think of to clear your skin?

Are you now at a loss with what to do about acne?

If you feel stuck in any area of your life, if you’re unable to think clearly, and can’t see the path ahead…

Read on: this article was written for you.

By Thibault Debaene on Unsplash

I have a very practical approach to life.

If there’s a problem, I fix it. If the issue doesn’t get solved straight away, I fix it this way, and fix it that way until it is gone for good.

I handled my…

Are you struggling to love, accept, and take care of yourself?

Do you feel (know!) that there must be more to life than this?

Are you afraid to be who you truly are — and thus, constantly sabotage your own growth?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, I wrote this for you.

By Daniela Ramos Castillejos

Dear woman,

There is so much going on in your life right now: difficulties, challenges, stresses, exhaustion — not to mention those unending to do-lists.

You’re going through so much; yet, you know that, through it all, that there must be more to life —…

It All Starts With You

By Kate Hliznitsova on Unsplash

I hate talking about global warming.

It seems to me that, whenever I am being thrown into a conversation about the state of our marvellous planet, I am being bombarded by brutal statistics, misinformed opinions presented as facts, and end-of-the-world predictions, all fuelled by anger, guilt, resentment, and a curious sense of fatality.

Folks, it is clear that there is an issue. And it is clear that something needs to be done about it.

In this article, I will offer my perspective on this big fat glob of opinions, facts and solutions that has become our conversation about the current…

(And What To Do About It)

A woman sitting on a chair, looking at the garden, and holding a cup in her hand.
A woman sitting on a chair, looking at the garden, and holding a cup in her hand.
By Alexander McFeron on Unsplash

People come to see me to talk about their worst life issues. It’s great! I absolutely love my job. As a coach and expert on self-love, I have trained my brain to seek simple, long-lasting solutions to help my clients live happier lives.

However, it isn’t a single coaching session that isn’t going to change your life.

It’s you.

You are the driving force for change and growth in your life. If that sounds terrifying to you, read on: I’ll share with you the top 5 ways I see people messing up their lives.

1. There is too much going on in your life right now

I get it, you’re busy. …

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