I love November and what this month represents. Even though I don’t feel like I’ve done a good job of living it lately, it is the month of Thanksgiving. Nothing is more positive that reading my FB feed and seeing many of my friends participating in the 30 days of thanks. Each day they are posting what they are thankful for. I believe that thanks living changes you from the inside out. Another bloggy friend of mine, Susie Itzstein, is hosting 30 days of Love for November. I really am drawn to that too because one of the recommended focuses is self-love. It is really difficult sometimes to think of things that you love about yourself! What an awesome exercise to clear the voices in your head and to really be able to focus on being grateful.
So…you guessed it! I’m doing both! This post will catch me up as we are on the fourth day of the month. Here are my thanks and my attempt at self-love.
1. I’m very thankful for the support that I get from the friends inside the blogging community. There really is no competition between us…only genuine happiness for each other’s successes, honest feedback when called upon, and warm caring thoughts and support when needed. You can’t ask for more than that. You really can’t. People that have never met you face to face, but know you only through online communication. What an amazing treasure!
2. I am thankful for my faith. As much as I have struggled this year…it’s been a trying year…when I have abandoned my faith; it has never abandoned me. God’s Word, His angels, His voice finds me when I need it most. Mystery and grace all rolled up into goodness and mercy. And not just for me…but for you too, if you want it.
3. I’m thankful for this man that married me so many years ago. He knows me…sometimes better than I know myself…and God help him…loves me. He makes me feel treasured and cherished and wanted. Even when times are hard, I know in my heart of hearts, that no one loves me more than he does.
4. I’m thankful for a handful of girlfriends that keep me grounded. They remind me not to be so hard on myself, they pray for me and my family when I need it, they care about how my day went…but most of all, they would be there if I called on them immediately. There is no greater blessing than friends like that. Becky, Dei, Kathleen, Anita, Lora, and Cindy…Thank you for loving me and for your friendship!
1. For this month of self-love, I will love myself the best way I know how. I will remove the scales from the bathroom after my weigh-in tomorrow morning. I always weigh on Mondays (and record my weight in my journal) and periodically through out the week. I know this is not good for me. I beat myself up for every tenth of a pound that I gain. I really want to watch it through out the holidays as I don’t want to lose track of where I’m at and where I’m going but I know that the scale is one way that I self-abuse. I will let how I feel be how I gauge my weight instead of letting my weigh gauge how I feel about myself. (I’m really liking this self-love thing). 🙂
2. I have a long way to go to reach my goals and I remind myself of that every second of the day. But I have come a long way too. I have let go of some things, some people, some stuff. I have made some progress in getting healthier. I have expanded my comfort zone, trying new things, like painting and scrap booking and now…sewing. I am not yet the person I want to be…but I’m on my way.
3. I am beautiful. That is what I’m telling myself every day of this month going forward. Those fine lines around my eyes are just signs of a happy life and lots of smiling. I don’t need any fancy make-up or lotions or potions to turn back the hands of time…because at 47…I am perfect just the way I am. When I look in the mirror, I will look for the beauty in the woman that looks back at me. And most of all, I will remind myself, that beauty starts on the inside and seeps out.
4. It’s okay that I don’t have an “S” tattooed on my chest. I am not SUPER WOMAN and that is ok. No one asked me to be so I’m not sure why I feel like I need to be. No one is expecting that of me…but me. I can let myself off the hook. I relinquish my red cape.
I’m betting you can find lots to be thankful for…that is the easiest one to focus on. I encourage you to tackle both blessings and self-love. I know that going into December that I will be in a much better place after loving myself for a month and living in thanks.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by here and before you leave…why don’t you tell me how you’re going to love yourself?
If 30 days of self-love doesn’t feel right for you, consider focusing on showing your love to someone else special. Find more about the 30 day Love Campaign here.
You can follow my next 26 days of thanks and self-love on my Facebook Fan page. I hope to see you there!