SELF LOVE Edition


If I asked you to name All the things you love, how long would it take You to nAme Yourself?


WHAT IS SELF LOVE?

The path to being your best self is a labor of love. Labor - because it requires work. And love, rather self love - because it's an inside job. There are some things that can only be done for you, by you. Self love is one of those things.

Defined as "the belief that you are a worthy and valuable person," self love is both a belief AND a practice.

Believing you deserve the best of what life has to offer is a first step, but it's not enough. You must practice your belief by making choices and taking actions that reflect your value.

 

WHAT DOES SELF LOVE LOOK LIKE?

Not sure what it looks like to love yourself? It's more than occasionally treating yourself.  Self-love is…

Choosing ourselves, even if it means upsetting others and not being popular anymore.

Telling what is true for us, not swallowing words that express what we truly feel, think, or want to do.

Giving our body the nurturing, rest, exercise, and comfort it needs to the best of our ability.

Using discretion when sharing our heart, self, and dreams with others.

Allowing ourselves to dream big, without contaminating these dreams with judgments, our perceived limitations, or a lack of sense of deserving.

Read the full list at tiny buddha


When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits—anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now, I see it as self-loving.
— Kim McMillen

Be Inspired

Say YES!

In one of the most watched TEDTalks of 2016, Shonda Rhimes, the creative powerhouse behind television's hottest shows, shares her journey of saying YES to everything for an entire year. 

What started out as a social experiment, has catapulted into a movement. Women and men around the world are choosing to say YES to what scares them most.

 
 

Who Is Warsan Shire?

Warsan Shire is a 28-year old poet who, when rebuffed by traditional poetry circles, published her works on social media where she found a receptive and loyal audience.

If you've heard Beyonce's Lemonade, you've also heard Shire's poetry. It's her poems that are featured in the album as odes to modern feminism and self love.

 

We weren’t meant to be here, but we are. We weren’t meant to own ourselves, to love ourselves, to create our own paths and demand our own respect. In a world that is more invested in our low self-esteem than in our personal empowerment, confident Black women still thrive—and we aren’t going anywhere.
— Bee Quammie


Activities

Put your learning into action With one or more of these activities:

 

#1 - Make A Self Love Jar

Create a jar to hold your self love mantras. Fill it with things you love about yourself. Visit the jar often to read the contents and add new items.

Learn How: The Year of Self Love


 

#2 - Queue the Music

Create a playlist of self love songs using your favorite music site. Fill it with songs that make you feel confident, beautiful, sexy, and powerful. Listen. Dance. Love. Repeat.

Download the playlist from Spotify


#3 - Take the challenge - Say Yes

When you say yes to opportunity, yes to adventure, yes to invitations, yes to discomfort, and even yes to 'saying no' to the things that no longer serve you--you're really saying YES to yourself. And that is the ultimate act of self love.

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