I love that I have become a consciously giving and graciously receiving person (mostly). (Thank you, Burning Man!) I love myself for avoiding people who give only when they expect things in return but never verbalize the expectations they have, because by avoiding them, I avoid the resentment and drama that can result from unspoken expectations. I love that when I give, I give freely and without expectation of return, unless I clearly verbalize what I expect so that no one has to mind read. (This has been hard to learn, but is SO worth it!) I struggle sometimes being gracious enough to ACCEPT the gifts of others without feeling obligated, but I will work on that, and love myself for being accepting and patient with my struggles. I love that when necessary for mental and emotional health, I will clarify with people regarding their proposed “gifts” to ensure what they expect in return so I can decide whether or not I want to accept them. It’s not the most gracious path sometimes, but I accept and love that I do it because I care about my own well-being, so it comes from a place of love.
– 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.