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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Weekly Challenge: Love

Happy Saturday! It has been a beautiful day here and I really enjoyed getting outside with my boys to enjoy it! How did the challenge of 15 minutes of sunshine a day go this week?

The only day I wasn't able to get any sunshine was Thursday because there wasn't any that entire day but we did go out for a walk anyway :) I love how easy it is for me to love life when the sun is out and I get to spend some quality time in it! I really hope you got to enjoy it too!

I've been debating with myself on what do to for the challenge next week but I feel good & excited about what it's going to be!

Any ideas? :D

Love... true love... Okay, so the challenge probably isn't quite what you might be thinking. This week I want to issue the challenge of practicing a little self-love every day. Don't get caught up in thinking that it's selfish. If your family is being neglected because you only make time for yourself and your wants, then that would be selfish. But what I'm talking about, is a few minutes of self-care and needed self-love. I think we are way too quick to pick ourselves apart and look at what we think we are lacking. When in reality, we all have so much to offer and are divinely unique!

Here are some ideas to practice some self-care/self-love this week. Consider making some time to enjoy a warm bath, go for a walk, take a bike ride, or get a pedicure. It doesn't really matter what it is, and certainly doesn't have to cost anything. Just pick something you love.

If you're anything like me, work on forgiving yourself this week. It's a little strange to me, but it is not uncommon for me to be much more lenient of others' behavior than I am to myself. We all fall short of our own expectations sometimes. That's life. It is going to happen and it's totally okay. Those are the moments that we have to pick ourselves back up, exercise self-forgiveness for being human and jump back on the horse.

Another idea would be to practice positive, self-talk or affirmations. It's a little funny, but at a women's conference I attended last year, one of the speakers challenged us to stand naked in front of the mirror after getting out of the shower and shun away any negative thoughts that came. As part of the same exercise, we were also challenged to practice positive self-talk & gratitude for our bodies. You could say something like... "thank you body for allowing me to walk today and to take care of my family. Thank you for working so hard to grow a healthy baby." It could even be as simple as looking at yourself right in the eyes in the mirror with a big smile and saying "I love and accept you just the way you are RIGHT NOW!" You get the idea... try to really think about the little things that our bodies do for us that we often take for granted.

I'm so thankful for the sweet little face I see daily (post picture) that reminds me to smile and love myself and others unconditionally. Remember... you are amazing and you are good enough today!

What ideas do you have to practice self-love this week?