Winter Solstice - A Time for Reflection
Reflect. Recognize. Renew.
I struggled for years with self-love. I'd internalized so much negativity - insults and name-calling from childhood and well into my adulthood. Although I believed women deserved respect and love, I didn't always believe I deserved it too. You, like me, deserve love and respect. And it starts with supporting and loving each other AND self love. When you vow to be good to yourself everything starts to fall into place. Begin your journey of self care in a group of supportive and encouraging women at a retreat.
Only by taking care of yourself, are you able to do all those things you want and need to do. Love Yourself First is just as important as putting your oxygen mask on first in an airplane. As a society we've decided being busy, leaning in and doing more is the path to some sort of ultimate achievement. We trick ourselves into believing if we eliminate “me” time we will have more time for other things. Running ourselves ragged leaves us exhausted, with neither the time nor energy to take care of anybody or anything. I know from personal experience, eventually feelings of resentment start to come up.
Through self-care – physical, mental and emotional – your immune system and energy levels stay strong. YOU deserve the gift of self-love and self-acceptance!
My practice of being good to myself has allowed the life I've envisioned for myself to fall into place. It's as if once I believe I'm worthy of living my dream, my dream comes true
Self-love begins with self-care. It’s learning to say no to many things, so you can say yes to you.
I’ve started these habits over the last few years and I’m healthy and full of energy. I’ve found when I commit to myself through self-care rituals, I change my life, my attitude and how I feel. All for the better.
It may be difficult at first, but know that, yes, there are 20 positive things about you!
I did this exercise several years ago and it was incredibly difficult at first. But once I started, I discovered lots of positive things about myself. Now I remind myself to do this exercise every few months. It makes all the difference in the world to my sense of self and my self worth.
The journey to loving yourself is like anything else - it starts with baby steps and can be a few steps forward and just as many steps back. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, "Smile, Breathe and Go Slowly."