One thing I did not expect when I began blogging over two years ago were the connections I would make with other women. For some reason, I expected to face controversy and mean-spirited people who would pretty much laugh me off the internet. Facing those unwarranted fears have gotten me in such a better place in my life and I now cherish the relationships I have with all of you.
Along with all of these interactions, I get comments from women and read comments on others social media feeds filled with negative words about themselves. This absolutely breaks my heart as I know first hand how damaging bad self-talk can seed into our psyche. Those negative descriptors of our physical appearance and/or personality begin to take truth in our life the more we speak it into existence. I am far from being perfect, and I now see beauty in those imperfections. I make mistakes, and I see value in those experiences and learn from them. In fact, those mistakes mean I am trying and not sitting stagnant.
This week I would like you to participate in my Positivity Challenge by looking at yourself in the mirror every morning and tell yourself one positive thing that you love about yourself. It could be a physical feature, a personality trait, a special talent or ability, anything really! Each day this week, tell yourself a new positive thing and carry it with you throughout the day.
Now you know I love clothes, fashion, and style. Wearing a great outfit, fixing my hair, and putting on makeup is just one of ways I show self love. It is not about putting on a show for anyone or making others happy, it is about putting a look together that fits my own personal style. For me, it is all about what I call “the art of dressing”. My wardrobe consists of “art pieces” I get to adorn myself with every day. And that makes me immensely happy. It has nothing to do with trying to make myself look thinner, or taller, or tanner and has everything to do with making me shine as an individual from the inside.
This Victoria Beckham for Target gingham top is very popular and I know that you might have seen it on many other bloggers. What I love about it is that I get to style it in a way I know no one else would except for me. A colorful statement necklace, a pair of skinny jeans, and leopard wedges were all I needed to make this loose fitting peplum my own.
Being able to tell myself positive things I love about myself is a key component to being able to serve others. It feels odd and selfish at first to be telling yourself how beautiful you are and how much you love yourself, but then that love starts bubbling up and over so you can share it with others, which is the opposite of selfish. I encourage you to take this challenge and show yourself some self love this week. Every woman has something special and unique about her and you deserve to hear it, especially from you!
Today’s Postivity Note
Start each day with a grateful heart.
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