Love Thyself

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For the next 3 weeks we will be taking practical steps towards SELF LOVE. Each week we will take on challenges and dares that will help us love ourselves well.

We love much more  intentionally, efficiently and fiercely when we learn to correctly love ourselves first.

 Are you ready for the adventure? 

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself” -Maya Angelou

The journey towards self love can be a rocky one. Society has told us that we must fit into the mold that it has created for us. We are constantly fed guidelines and standards that we cannot reach. We fall short and that raises insecurities in us, sometimes from a very young age. We don’t look like the models in magazines or the celebrities on television and so we grow up hating our bodies/appearance and shaming ourselves. We adapt to these insecurities and feed them to our children, unknowingly of course and the ugly cycle continues. Thus, the world today.

Loving yourself is a process, something that takes time, effort, patience and perseverance. It’s a journey where you must unlearn what society has taught you and fully embrace who you actually are. Its time to take on the challenge and love ourselves correctly.

 This requires some discomfort.

When you are used to living a certain way it is difficult to adapt to changes, even when the changes are geared toward changing your life for the better. It’s hard to turn your back on daily habits and train yourself to think differently.

 But its something that we can ALL do (with some effort and support).

The journey starts with one very simple, not so simple move…

GETTING TO KNOW YOURSELF

“Knowing yourself is the beginning  of all wisdom” -Aristotle

Believe it or not this has been one of the hardest things I have come across. As a child I learned to hide my feelings and ignore pain. As the years accumulated I became very disconnected from myself. I learned to stuff down my thoughts and  ignore my emotions. Therefore when I decided I desperately needed to be more “in tune” with myself, it was a frustrating and difficult road to walk.

Reconnecting with my feelings took some very genuine “soul searching”.This took countless hours of asking myself questions, digging deeper and trusting that I was being as genuine as I could with those answers; this took being uncomfortable and vulnerable (even if it was just with myself) and finally this took crying out to God and asking for help.

I realized that I deserved this. I wasn’t made to walk along the earth clueless as to who I was, what I wanted and what I felt (neither were you). I learned that it was okay to be honest with myself (even if my answers were messy).

So don’t be afraid to ask yourself the hard questions. Don’t be afraid of being completely HONEST with the answers.

The only way to be able to love yourself well is by knowing YOU and the only way to know yourself is to be completely real with your feelings, thoughts, and what is going on in your life.

You must KNOW yourself well in order to love on yourself intentionally.

I DARE YOU TO TRY.

As I mentioned above for the next 3 weeks we will be taking on some dares and challenges as we journey towards loving ourselves better. This will require YOU to take action.

Challenge: Take some time to Get to know yourself a little more by doing these exercises.

Dare: Pick a specific day (or all the days) and post your answers  on social media with the hashtag #LovingThyselfOGR  

I always love to hear from you all❤️

Monday

Take some time apart and think about the first few things that come to mind when you think about yourself. Answer the questions on the Getting to know yourself Questionnaire. (Be sure to write your answers down)

Tuesday

Discover your Love Language. Take the quiz at 5lovelanguages.com 

Wednesday

Spend some time with yourself today. Think about how you’re feeling. What has been stressing you out? What has been bringing you joy? What practical things can you do to cut back on the stress and experience more joy in your daily life?  (Write the answers down)

Thursday

Write a list of FAVORITES. What are your favorite things to do, wear, eat? And so on. Think about why you specifically like these things. Pick 1 thing and plan a day involving whatever you chose.

Friday

Go over your answers to the previous questions. What do these lists tell you about yourself? Did you learn anything  that you weren’t necessarily aware of? What are some ways you can chose to love yourself better based off of some of your answers?

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6 thoughts on “Love Thyself

  1. OMG, I just completed my list for Monday and I felt so uncomfortable answering some questions because they forced me to actually think about myself in ways that I usually don’t. I laughed in those moments because I was able to relate to your post. I realized my list for weaknesses is way longer than strengths and I feel like many people are so quick to point out their deficits but can’t give themselves credit for their good qualities.

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    1. You’re right, it’s really easy for us to point out the negative things in us then the positives. It’s important for us to address the things in us that we must fix or could be better but it’s also important to remind ourselves of all the good as well.

      I always love hearing about your journey, it’s awesome what happens when you’re willing to challenge yourself and walk towards making yourself better❤️👑

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      1. “But you have to be willing to change and obey me. If you are, you will eat the best food that grows on the land” – Isaiah 1:19 (NIRV) I thought of this verse when I read your comment but I could not agree more with you!

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