Self-Love Day 6
An old slipper, candy wrapper, pen and change are what’s left on the floor of what used to be my son’s room. He finished loading the U-Haul and left today for Studio City California. He is following his dream of acting.
My husband and I are happy and excited for him and we’re also sad and missing him already. I practiced self-love today by being extra gentle with myself and allowing myself to feel and express all of my emotions. It never ceases to amaze me how such diverse emotions can coexist together. Feeling our emotions rather than denying them, pushing them down or away is a loving practice.
My husband and I sat in our spa this morning after he left and acknowledged that this is a new chapter in his life. We imagined him safely arriving in his new place, and imagined getting phone calls from him telling us about the parts in movies and TV he gets. Not only is it a new chapter in his life, but also in our lives. I can see my son in my mind’s eye yesterday as he smiled his warm sunny smile and said, “You get your office now Mom!”
It’s true, I’ve been wanting my own space for writing and my art, and now that I have the space, it’s bitter sweet as I take what my son didn’t want to Good Will, vacum the rug, throw out that old stray slipper, candy wrapper and pen and gather all the change to put in our change jar.
New beginnings require endings. It’s part of life.
If you are new to the concept of the Self-Love Diet, it will require you to end old negative thoughts and actions as you begin to regularly offer yourself love. Even the most positive beginnings have a mixture of emotions. Just as I can imagine my son feeling a mixture of excitement, anxiety, confidence, joy and sadness, I too have been feeling a mixture of emotions as we both begin creating new spaces for ourselves.
The Love Warrior Community is inviting you to take The Pledge offered by Daylle Deana Schwartz.
“I commit to do my best to do something loving for myself, however big or small, for the next 31 days.”
Join me in pledging to love yourself. By submitting your stories of how you are focusing on being kind to yourself these first 31 days of January, you can win a free autographed copy of my new book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works.
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Blessings on your journey,
Join us in the 31 Day Self-Love Writing Contest to win an autographed copy of Michelle Minero’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. Read through the Self-Love Posting Guidelines for inspiration on different ways you can focus on bringing more love into your life through the 7 paths of the Self-Love Diet. Read through 2012’s monthly Self-Love Writing Prompts for ideas on topics you can write about to help you focus more on loving yourself, and read through others’ self-love posts for inspiration at the bottom of the prompts page. Share your self-love journey with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle 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. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.