Thursday, April 19, 2012

Accepting yourself

If you're like most women, you can be pretty hard on yourself. Harder than you would ever be on a friend. More critical. Less accepting. Not cutting yourself any slack. Seeing flaws and not seeing all the wonderful aspects of you.

Are you ready to change that? Can you begin loving yourself and accepting all of you—the things you like and those you don't?

Begin today. Perhaps you want to post some affirmations on your mirror to remind yourself of what you really like about you. Just begin with one thing, if it's difficult to think of several right now. Write that down where you can see it often. You might even want to put a note in your purse so you can take it out at work or wherever you are—just to remind yourself to be gentle and loving.

Two books I found helpful as I learned to love and accept myself are: Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself by Patricia Lynn Reilly and Loving Yourself More by Virginia Ann Froehle.

I encourage you to find one thing today that can start you on the path to accepting yourself. You can become that beautiful butterfly you were meant to be—no more crawling along the ground as a caterpillar!

Please contact me if you'd like to talk about this. And do share your stories in the comment box below. We need to encourage each other!

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