Five ways to love YOU!

"To love yourself is to understand you don't need to be perfect to be good." - unknown

As a mother of three, I have seen my body go through a lot of change. There have been seasons of loving my body and seasons of not loving my body. My journey has spanned many highs and lows. The years have taught me much about myself and who I am trying to be as a mom, a wife and a woman. Here are some thoughts about how to love yourself:

  1. Stop comparing yourself to others. You are uniquely made just how you are supposed to be. That person you find yourself comparing yourself to - they have insecurities as well. They may dislike their smile, while you love yours. Or they may wish they were inches taller when you are supermodel tall.

  2. Stop apologizing for the way you are. You owe no one an apology - easier said than done, I know. When you are able to stop feeling the need to apologize, you walk a little taller and carry yourself a little bolder. People who you need in your life will love you just how you are and expect nothing less, especially an apology for being yourself.

  3. Focus on your self-care. Take an extra-long bath, paint your nails, wear that outfit that makes your confidence soar. Going the extra mile can be as easy as wearing the red lipstick that makes you feel fabulous every day instead of just on special occasions. When you take care of yourself physically, you have room to take care of yourself mentally. Let's be real for a moment... when your hair is freshly washed and you took an extra 5 minutes to do your makeup or get dressed, it shows in everything you do that day.

  4. Focus on the positives, not the perceived negatives. Your hair may not be perfect, but maybe the brain underneath is wiser than most. Your legs may not be all muscle, but they safely get you from point A to point B. Your teeth may not line up in a perfect smile, but they help you consume the food needed to nourish your body. It can be easy to fixate on the perceived negatives, but if you focus on those positives, it changes your entire mindset. Thoughts like 'I can do this' and 'I am beautiful' push out negativity.

  5. Journal a positive moment daily. It may be a small or relatively insignificant moment, but did it make you feel like you were on top of the world? Write it down! Seeing it in writing helps the good vibes last longer. On those rough days, reflect back through these moments to feel the joy of living and self-love.

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