Have you noticed that self-love seems to be the theme this year on WordPress? Every article that I run into is written from the perspective of someone who is either searching for, encouraging, or bathing in self-love. Tell me that I’m not the only one who has noticed this!
How has seeing the overflow of these declarations and homemade lesson plans affected you? For me, I’ve been forced to pause and examine my own love for self and how I express that love on a daily basis. As if right on time, last night I came across an article written by one of my followers, Elissa of Embracing My Inner Ginger. Ironically, even Elissa’s post was inspired by ANOTHER fellow blogger, Just Plain ‘Ol Vic. It’s absolutely contagious, is it not?! Vic’s post was a simple quote…
“Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t. Start loving yourself for everything you are.”
This quote prompted Elissa to write herself a letter on why she loves herself and to share that letter to encourage others to do the same. She was successful! Here I am doing the same and hoping that my readers join in to continue this chain of self-love throughout WordPress. Please tag me if you decide to spread the love so that we can support one another on this journey!
WHY I LOVE JOSIE
My smile can light up a room; changing a dreary day to one of hope and joy. I love my eyes and how my skin wrinkles in the corner when I smile my biggest smile. I love my goofy half-laugh that never rises above my chest. And my chest…I love the curves it possesses and how they so often remind me of my femininity whenever I forget. I love my fat, wrinkled, stubby fingers that mimic the ones of my late grandmother. I love my brittle, broken nails and the 15 years of hard physical labor that they represent. I love the thickness of my legs – those legs that consistently support me while I carry loads of grocery bags, furniture and boxes up to my apartment when no one else will.
My resilience…oh how I love the way that I bounce back. I take hard hits but my willingness to survive is no joke. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – yes, I love the way that my faith never waivers, even when my walk does. I’m confident in my beliefs and yet open to challenge my own perspectives. I love how riled up and emotional I get when doing so because my passion is fierce. Speaking of those fluctuating emotions, I love them most of all. Because it means that through it all…I can still feel. And man oh man do I feel…I love others so willingly and I see the beauty in what some view as the ugliest things or people. Yes, I love my perspective; so insightful and intelligent I am. My mind and heart are so sexy *giggle*.
I love how supportive I am and my passion for girl power. I love the way I keep myself guessing and on my toes; my spontaneity and my randomness will forever keep me young. I’m so daring ;). Yet so shy and timid at times. Mhm, I’m so diverse and versatile and I love that about myself. Put me anywhere and watch me go – watch me flow – watch me grow! Well rounded yet I know my flaws. What I love the most though? I’m confident enough to confront my memories…understanding enough to allow myself to cry from my memories…and wise enough to embrace my memories.
What do you love about yourself? Let’s read your Self-Love Letter (tag me)!