Join The Self-Love Challenge And Share Your Experiences
Today is the first day of the 31 days of Self–Love Challenge, created by Daylle Deanna Schwartz! Daylle has also registered January as the official Self–Love Month. I pledged to take the challenge, and I am going to document each day here, in my blog. The pledge reads as follows: I pledge to do my best to do something loving for myself, however big or small, for the next 31 days.
I ask you to join me in pledging to take the Self–Love Challenge. You can click here, Make the Self-Love Pledge, to make your pledge in two easy steps. Once you make the pledge you will also receive Deanna’s free e–book, How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count The Ways.
I ask you to not only make the pledge, but to document and share your self–love journey with the Love Warrior Community by writing your self-love daily action in an email and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Subject heading of your email will become the title of the blog post, and the body of your email will become the body of your blog post. When you send the email, it will post here, for everyone to see.
When everyone starts posting their self–love actions, we will create a self–love community. This community will be a place of support. The one requirement of sharing your experience is that you focus on the thoughts and actions that are loving. This blog is for focusing on the positive changes you make each day, even if it’s one small thing.
Day 1 of the Self-Love Challenge
With today being the first day of the self–love challenge, as well as the first day of the year, I was mindful of loving myself.
I’ve been having back and leg pains, which have made it difficult for me to walk. My chiropractor recommends that I walk a half an hour every day. My oldest daughter asked me if I wanted to go on a power walk with her.
I had just reached walking 40 minutes with limited pain, and I knew my daughter’s pace was faster than my body could go, and she walks for at least an hour. I wanted to say yes so I could spend time with her, but I knew it would have been pushing my bodies boundaries, and perhaps setting back the progress I had just made.
Instead, I chose self–love, and took a slower paced walk with my younger daughter, which put me on the path for continued healing of my back and legs.
Before going for my walk, my daughter taught me how to put music on my iPod. I walked over a mile with Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, and Marvin Gay singing to me! Music is healing, nurturing, and enlivening for me, which was self–love in practice!
When I finished my walk, I took the time to stretch and cool down, and danced to Michael Jackson and Elvis Castello, as they continued to serenade me.
So far the first day of my self–love Challenge has been successful!
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!