Lately I’ve realized how easy it is to skimp on self-love. College life is rife with opportunities to cheat yourself of the care you deserve. Along with mass consumption of unhealthy food comes an anti self diet. Not sleeping, missing meals, and excessive drinking is routine and sometimes expected. After this past weekend I’ve realized that I have fallen in to a habit of not appreciating myself. As I mentioned in my last post I have become overly concerned with the struggles of those around me and along the way I was losing myself. This time I awoke Sunday morning with a feeling as though I was drowning. My immediate reaction was to hide this from those who care about me. However as the day progressed and the worried text messages increased I realized I was being childish. To ignore an outstretched hand in a time of need only inflicts more self harm. I texted a friend and treated her to a brunch where we rehashed the weekend. After I paid the tab at the end of the meal we decided to check everything we’d talked about at the door of the restaurant. This past weekend was rough for me in that a lot of my emotions were on display in front of a lot of people. This is something I’m profoundly uncomfortable with. What I took from this is that we show the most strength when we feel the most vulnerable. The experience we will have is a given. It is our response however that determines the future.
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at the Petaluma Copperfield’s bookstore. For upcoming events and book signings, starting Feb 7, visit Michelle’s Events page.
My name is Hannah Coleman and I hate talking about myself. My thoughts are fair game but descriptive autobiographies are not my strong suit. That being said, here is a very short explanation of how I see myself. I’m contradictory, loud, opinionated, and infected with an awful case of Wanderlust. I dislike suede and people telling me what I can’t do. I’m currently studying Sociology and finishing my final semester as a Senior in college. I enjoy living my life with honesty and surrounded by good friends. There are a lot of things that I don’t know but what I do know is: I love exploring new places and meeting new people. I love the possibilities found in being introduced to a new song or artist. Above all, I cherish independence. For now I’m taking everything a day at a time. As Bowie said, “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”