My life has been riddled with fear of failure and self-doubt of my talent, despite all the evidence of my success. But thanks to divine luck, I have a best friend slash life coach who has a never-ending arsenal of encouraging words of wisdom. During my visit to see her graduate, she was actually the one giving me source for life inspiration. She handed me three books by Sark and asked me to choose one of them, as a gift to take home with me. I chose The Bodacious Book of Succulence: Daring to Live Your Succulent Wild Life.

Ballyvaughaun Ireland | tide & bloom

For this week’s Love Yourself Linkup, I present to you my favorite excepts from this motivational read paired with pictures from a study abroad trip I took to Ireland about five years ago (I still yearn to go back).

Ballyvaughaun Ireland landscape | tide & bloom

A succulent is a plant that gets its nourishment and water from the inside – it replenishes itself.
I wish for you the ability to self-replenish, to be juicy, ripe, filled to over-flowing.


We deserve to be the caretakers for our spirits and dreams, and this means truly sensing and listening for our most alive route.


Step back into the light of your creative purpose even if you’re not sure what it is. 


Procrastination can be a mask we wear to avoid being as great as we truly are.



We fear loss of love, loss of control, being overwhelmed by another. We assume we should just know how to love.
Yet we often don’t know how to love ourselves, so when we are fully met in love, we question it by saying,
“Am I loveable” or, “Am I worth of this love?”


Yes. You are lovable.


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  1. Oh, wow, this book sounds amazing! I particularly love the last quote…I find I spend so much time worrying about if I’m a person worthy of love, when that is an absolute waste. We are all worthy, BEYOND worthy! I’m getting this book on my e-reader immediately. P.S. I’m so jealous of your Ireland trip. I’ve always wanted to visit there, as it’s where my family is originally from. My husband went last year and said it was incredible!

    • It’s a great read, but I don’t know if the e-version would have the same effect? The print version I have has all these little drawings and such so it looks more like a journal or sketchbook. And I’m jealous of my OWN trip. It flew by way too fast and I want to go back so bad. Definitely worth a return trip especially since Irish folk are so friendly!

  2. I love succulents . . . and now succulence! I read this at a synchronistic time. I’m taking a course on manifesting the next level of my crafty career and am spending a lot of time juicing myself up for wonderful (but scary) changes ahead. It’s nice to encounter fellow travelers in Atlanta.

    • Seems like the most worthwhile things are usually a little bit scary. I commend you on your bravery to take that risk to find a higher level of happiness! And do you mind me asking what course it is you’re taking? Sounds like something I might want to look into…

  3. I’m taking a 40-day “Manifestation Masters” program with Jen Mazer, the “Queen of Manifestation.” We started by writing out our biggest dream in the present tense on Monday, as if we’re already living it, and that has already been a powerful tool for me that has brought about a couple synchronicities! But yes, it can be hard to get over the fear and guilt that come up when you try to create something bigger for yourself.

    I haven’t read Sark, but some of the quotes remind me of “The Artist’s Way” and “Walking in This World,” by Julia Cameron. Have you read those?

    • Nope, but I’ll definitely add them to my list! There’s never not a need for more inspiration/encouragement/guidance for living a creative life. That sounds like an awesome course. I look forward to seeing your manifestations… manifest!

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