A challenge. A goal.
Can I commit to a daily self-love journal practice?
Through this practice I will learn to love more fully, to love myself and to love others.
A new beginning. A starting point.
How do I chart my course?
Assessing my current position on each of the 7 paths to self-love will allow me to plot a starting point and chart my progress throughout this challenge.
Path 1: Body
Body Conscious. Body Critical.
How do I feel when I look in the mirror?
When I step out from the shower, I am aware of my reflection in the mirror. I critique certain parts – my “problem areas” as I describe them in my inner monologue – as I towel away the moisture. I wish to be thinner, to be smaller.
Path 1: Body
Hungry Body. Healthy Body.
Am I feeding my body the fuel it requires to be a healthy body?
The refrigerator is stocked with healthy food- lean meats, leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables – but all I want to eat is Chik-fil-A and Chipotle. I know I need to be more disciplined and make better meal choices. I make meal plans and purchase fresh ingredients, then fail to follow through in preparing and consuming those nutrient-rich foods. I gobble up the fatty, high-calorie meals and guzzle down a caffeinated soda, then emotionally beat myself up for making a poor meal choice.
Celebrate Body. Celebrate Healthy Choices.
How can changing negative to positive impact my body self-love?
Instead of critiquing my “problem areas,” I will celebrate the parts of my body that I love. As I stand in front of that mirror, I will strive to recognize the best parts of me.
Instead of berating myself for eating a large container of waffle fries, I will celebrate the time when I chose to share an apple snack with my horse following an afternoon ride. I will focus on recognizing when I make healthy food choices and mentally reward myself.
I plan to focus each Wednesday’s writing on self-love of my Body. In one week, I will reflect on my success at celebrating by body and my healthy food choices. Tomorrow’s journal will focus on self-love of my Emotions.
31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge
January is Self-Love month, and it marks the 4th year that we’ve hosted the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge. You can participate by submitting your self-love writing to be published on this blog. You can submit your writing here. You can also participate by writing your self-love posts on your own blog and linking back to the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge, 2014 blog post and Facebook event. If you don’t start on January 1st, that’s fine! You can jump into the challenge whenever you want.
Win a Copy of Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works
Each blog post you write is one entry into our random drawing to win an autographed copy of my book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You’ll also be entered into our drawing to win our upcoming Self-Love e-products that we’ll be announcing soon.
If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your self-love writing, you can write in a journal or write yourself self-love emails. If writing isn’t for you, simply reading others’ self-love writing can be powerful and beneficial to you on your self-love journey.