I often have a difficult time letting go of preconceptions of what I “should” be or what I “need to have ahead of time in order to make something happen.” Honestly, though? When I go on a trip and I forget my toothbrush, or when I don’t bring my sketchbook someplace that I meant to, it still turns out alright! I LOVE my ability to adapt. I may not THINK I am very good at it all of the time, but I inevitably come up with some kind of solution to my problem, like just getting another toothbrush or, if I forget my sketchbook, just enjoying the scenery and company or finding something else to draw on. And it often turns out to be more enjoyable, the adapting, once I decide to do it. It’s that critical moment that makes the difference, though…that moment between being bummed out that I “wasn’t perfect” and “didn’t prepare correctly” and that moment of, “You know what, **** it, I can DO this! Rarrr!” I vow to love myself for my ability to adapt and to try to shorten the minutes between the time I am bummed out (by what is essentially my humanity) and the time I am determined to make something work. (Which, when you look at it, is also my humanity.) I vow to do this by loving myself, accepting that what I want is not necessarily what I HAVE, and calling that OK and accepting that I WILL find a solution. And even if I don’t, that I can just let go, and that will be self-love, too.
– Tessa Thornberry
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.