After losing a significant amount of weight I developed insecurities that I never had. I thought that was strange. Then after gaining some of the weight that I had lost. I developed a different set of insecurities. Also strange. I am now in a good place. A place of self-love and acceptance. In my up, downs, and in betweens I love me. I started setting goals to just be my best self and to be good to me. I’m using my own transformation as motivation. I loved myself in the photo from 2009. I was a model and everything. Yep! Couldn’t tell me a thing. Over the years I have become significantly healthier. My story is still being written and every day I strive to be better than I was. I have learned that healthy living starts inside. The external results are just enhancements to the beauty that takes place internally…
I firmly believe that a foundation of self-love is essential for life. I had the pleasure of spending the last few months with a group of girls, ages 4-11yrs old, who attended the Beautiful and Wonderful Me Workshop. I typically open the sessions by asking the girls their name, their Happy Word (chosen in the 1st session), and what they love most about themselves. In the first session girls were either unsure or answered with shoes or a piece of clothing instead of a personal characteristic. In the last session 95% of the girls said they loved their hair most and the other 5% still chose something like their smile or eyes. Absolutely beautiful! Huge difference…Self-love is taught and unfortunately so is self-hate often through silence. I am grateful that we were able to teach self-love through these sessions. During the Beautiful and Wonderful Me Workshop we saturate girls with self-love, true beauty, and affirmations from music choices to dialogue, activities, and décor. All of this helps to shape her view of herself to love everything about who she is! We did it! I am so excited for these beautiful and wonderful girls. How will you teach self-love today?