The first step in creating a life you absolutely love is to first fall madly in love with yourself. When we practice self-love and begin to accept and embrace all of who we are magic starts to happen. Self-love unleashes our true potential. It gives us the confidence we need to share our gifts with the world and live out our purpose. And it all begins with a decision. Yes, it’s that simple. Just make the conscious decision to love and accept yourself fully and unconditionally. Make that your mantra and commit to practicing self-love every single day. Here, I’m sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned about self-love that has completely transformed my life.
We are human and we all make mistakes and practicing self-love means not dwelling on those mistakes. Acknowledge them, learn from them, and move the hell on. Forgiving others is also huge for our wellbeing. Holding onto anger and resentment only harms you, not the other person. Let it go not for them but for you. Forgiving others is really a gift for yourself and honey, you’re so worth it.
With Instagram and social media, it’s so easy to compare our lives to these gorgeous Instagram feeds. But you have to remember Instagram is a highlight reel of people’s lives and, most importantly, everyone’s path is unique. You are exactly where you are meant to be right now. There is a divine timing for everything. It’s not a competition. There is room at the top for all of us.
As a self-professed workaholic, this one is probably the most difficult for me. My go-go-go mentality makes it difficult to stay still, but I’ve learned the hard way that slowing down is essential for next-level joy, fulfillment, and success. Taking time off to just chill and have fun doesn’t take time away, it actually creates more of it. Slowing down and taking time off completely refuels and allows you to actually get more done faster.
Nourish Your Body
In my early twenties, I would pretty much eat whatever I wanted without giving it a second thought. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that the food I eat actually has a huge impact on the way I feel. Eating lots of veggies and quinoa makes me feel really good so I try to eat clean on most days. But, if I’m craving a slice a pizza or a pint of ice cream, you best believe I’ll have that slice of pizza or that pint of ice cream and not feel guilty about it whatsoever. They key is to eat from a place of love and find a nice balance that makes your body feel nourished.
Step Up Your Self Care
This is one lesson I learned the hard way. When I first started my business, I really slacked on my self-care. Eventually, it caught up with me and literally made me sick. I remember laying on the couch with my body aching making a promise to myself to never let it get to that point again. Taking care of yourself isn’t just a gift for yourself, it’s a gift for everyone around you.
The more you give to yourself, the more love you have to give to others and the more value you can add to the world.
The more you give to yourself, the more love you have to give to others and the more value you can add to the world. So, do yourself, your loved ones, and your future a favor and take a damn bubble bath tonight. Or doo whatever it is that makes you feel amazing.
Follow Your Heart
True self-love means believing that you are worthy of your dreams and then taking action to get there. Learning how to love yourself more is all about not allowing fear and self-doubt to hold you back from the things you most want to do. Tapping into your inner desires and allowing your heart and intuition to lead the way is the self-love path to success. Be brave. Take those baby steps every day that will align you with the life you truly want to live.
Be Unapologetic About Being You
The greatest gift I’ve ever given myself is the permission to just be who I am. I used to do so many things just because everyone else was doing them and it was exhausting. The moment I made the decision to just be me and do only things I loved, I felt completely liberated. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what other people think. Your happiness and well-being is the most important thing. So go on with your bad self.