Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and are ready for the week! It’s supposed to be sunny and 60 degrees in the midwest, and I am so excited for a week filled with warmth and sunshine! This month I chose the topic for our Stories and Spaces meeting, and I decided to talk about self-love! Since February is the month of love, I couldn’t think of a more inspirational topic that my blogging tribe and I could share with all of you!
Why is self-love important?
To me, self-love is by far the most important aspect of life! If you are not fully in love with life, you cannot expect to be able to reciprocate positivity, love, and good vibes. Falling in love with yourself first is something that can take a lot of time, and removing negative influences such as people, habits, health choices, and thoughts can be the first step in doing so! Falling in love with yourself will not only leave you feeling empowered, but your overall beauty will shine inside and out! (I shared one of my favorite quotes that I always associate with self-love at the end of this post)!
How do you find self-love within yourself?
This goes hand-in-hand with removing those negative influences, but also making sure you have a positive mindset about yourself! A lot of us tend to focus on “imperfect” qualities rather than the countless number of beautiful qualities we have, and each of us are our own biggest critic. Embrace every single part of your body, and make it a goal to boost your confidence rather than breaking yourself down! I also believe that comparison is the thief of joy, so allowing yourself to be inspired by others rather than envious/comparing yourself will leave you feeling determined and motivated!
*I challenge you to look at yourself in the mirror, and compliment yourself! Compliment yourself so often that you can’t help but smile and feel an extra boost of confidence whenever you walk by a mirror!
How do you “treat yourself”?
I am a huge advocate for treating yourself, and designating time each day for “me time”! I think spending quality time with yourself is incredibly important, and treating yourself to something special (big or small) on a daily basis is a must-have in my opinion! Occasionally I will dedicate an entire day to a “me day” where I will treat myself to my favorite things! It starts with two cups of tea in the morning, followed by a cup of coffee, a burning candle, a face mask/pamper session, sushi, macarons, a hot bath, and endless hours of reading/planning! Taking time each day to treat yourself will leave you looking forward to something, especially if you’ve had a tough day, and it’ll instantly brighten your mood!
What do you love most about yourself?
This is the question I was most excited about asking, because I feel like it’s a question that isn’t asked enough! I am truly in love with every aspect of my life, and I am so blessed and grateful for the life that I am living! I absolutely love my outlook on life, my positive/optimistic attitude, my health/wellness, my ability to find joy and happiness in (almost) every single situation, and how organized I am (to name a few)! I’ve been through a lot during the past 20 years, and I believe each situation has made me stronger, more positive, and has allowed me to make the necessary adjustments to love myself and my life even more!
*I challenge you to write down what you love the most about yourself, and remind yourself of those qualities every single day! I like to write positive affirmations on a sticky note inside of my planner, and each week I write down a new one based on what inspires me!
Nothing makes me happier and more in love with life than my best friends, so definitely take a look at Paige, Alyssa, and Ally’s posts over on Where the Wildflowers Are, Pretty, Young and Motivated, and A Touch of Tulle!
Make February the month to fall in love with yourself, and to fall in love with the life you’re living!
Love & Good Vibes