Monday, August 13, 2012

Self-Love Opportunities

Well, it's been a while since my last post as I have been through some interesting times and have taken a bit of a break.  It has helped me to take some time to integrate these latest intense experiences, and I feel it's time to pick up my blog posting again.

So, I am not sure how many of you have been facing personal challenges in order to grow and clear old habits, memories, and experiences that need to be released. It's a time of significant change for many as we enter a new phase in our personal transformations. Everyone is expanding, growing, and changing.  Remember that we're all in this together, and it's important to support the people around you when needed.

For myself, one of the realizations I've recently faced is that the decisions I make, the actions I take, and the attitudes I hold are reflected in the outer world. What if you realize that the things that happen around you and to you are reflections of what you do to yourself and others? How scary (or in some cases reassuring) is that? It has encouraged me to consider how I live my life daily and has prompted me to be more caring and understanding of others, to be supportive of the community, to thank the challenges you face at work, and most importantly to be loving of myself. 

So many times we try to please others and put our own needs aside.  I am sure those of you with children can especially relate.  Well, if you don't care for, love, and respect yourself, then you cannot fully love others since it starts with you. This is where my decision to join the Self-Love Challenge comes into play.  I have pledged to participate in one act of self-love each day. It can be as simple as sleeping an extra 10 minutes in the morning when needed or taking that nature hike you've been thinking about for months.

What if all of the negativity in the world could be solved if everyone practiced self love and felt like they were worthy of being loved? How magical and empowering would that be?  Well, I can at least say that I am trying to do my part.  I am no expert, but I am giving it a go!

Learn more about the Self-Love Challenge and pledge to participate with me.

For a quick summary, here's what I've accomplished so far:

Day 1: I treated myself to a relaxing hour-long rest on the outside porch swing after returning home from work - so peaceful!

Day 2 of the Self-Love Challenge: Nature Hike at Pedernales Falls

Day 3 of the Self-Love Challenge: Played Tennis! It was the first time in many years, and we were pleasantly surprised that we still knew how to play.

Day 4 of the Self-Love Challenge: Ever stop to quietly enjoy the sunrise? What a beautiful morning it was.

Day 5 of the Self-Love Challenge: Just wanted to share a note my mom sent to me so I can inspire reconnections among you. I decided to invest in a Treasured Passages memory kit that includes letters with tidbits you fill out to share between mother and daughter. It has been a wonderful experience to learn some new things about my beautiful mom, and it has helped us to grow even closer.

Day 6 of the Self-Love Challenge: Blogging about my Self-Love Challenge to inspire others to join!