"Perhaps We Should Love Ourselves So Fiercly, That When Others See Us They Know Exactly How It Should Be Done."
Working with Abby and Sara for the 'Love Yourself Series' of October was beyond wonderful. Abby has such a pure, down to earth soul that is amazing to be around. Working with Sara on this project has been an experience that I'm so grateful to be a part of, I wouldn't want to spread self love with anyone else!
Why Are You Passionate About Self Love
Self-love, sadly, is a subject our education systems are now just learning to implement. Our generation and the ones who have come before us seem to lack this fundamental tool in achieving mental wellness. I've become tired of hearing "Tough it out" as my go-to mantra in the back of my mind during difficult moments. Self-love fuels strength, independence and authenticity in a person. Something as easy as learning to supplement the "Tough it out" mantra with a phrase more like, "Hey, today has been rough. But you can do this, and if you feel overwhelmed, it's okay to ask for help" can change how you feel about your situation, and shift blame into acceptance.
I'm just beginning my journey as a nurse, and already I've noticed one of the qualities that tends to separate the patients that are on the road to recovery and the ones who will not do well, is self-love. Choosing to meet yourself where you're at, accepting time to rest, making time for people who lift you up, indulging in that full-fat latte, and diving into hobbies that fuel passion all are ways to show yourself some TLC.
What Qualities About Yourself Do You Love And Appreciate
This is another reason why I actively have begun to practice self-love, praising yourself in a world that has always supported humbleness can be hard! I actually really like the tender part of myself, that is able to listen and show sympathy. I never have to pretend that i'm interested in someone's story, I genuinely care and what to understand what road has led them here. Another quality that I like about myself I have my parents to thank for, my courage to try new things even when they scare me and/or I'll look silly doing them.
I love that I have grit, and am not easily shaken. Somewhere along the line I was lucky enough to adapt a mindset that is (mostly) able to let go of situations that are not in my control, and bounce back.
What Do You Do For Yourself To Recharge And Encourage Self Love
My favourite ways to recharge are talking with friends, going to sleep early, exercising, indulging in something sweet every once and awhile, and listening to music.
What Makes You Feel Beautiful
This is going to sound kind of strange, but I can't think of a time where I feel more beautiful than when I'm laughing. Sure, it's not always graceful, but i'm always experiencing the moment and enjoying my life when i'm laughing.
What Advice Would You Give To Your Younger Self
-Just because that boy doesn't like you back doesn't mean there's something wrong with you.
-Don't take yourself so seriously.
-There will be times when people in your life don't approve of your choices, that doesn't mean they're bad ones.
-Mom is always right.
"In Order To Love Who You Are, You Cannot Hate The Experiences That Shaped You."
Photos by https://www.sarajewellphotography.com/