I love that I am willing to protect myself from others who may seek to do me harm. We have been taught so much, as women, to not hurt other people’s feelings that sometimes we forget it’s each our own responsibility to look out for ourselves. And sometimes people mean us harm, and sometimes people just do others harm in their own flailing self-harming processes. But I LOVE my sense of self-preservation, and I love me for listening to it much of the time. If a situation or person or group of people makes me feel uncomfortable in a possibly-going-to-be-harmed way, I take steps to avoid it as gracefully as possible, no matter if it leaves others with their feelings hurt or not. It’s not my fault if someone seeks to do me harm, it’s theirs, but I love that I am willing to avoid them, if the upset seems minor, and/or do them grievous bodily harm and scream and run like heck if it comes down to brass tacks. I love myself and I will protect myself however I can! And I love myself for being ready and willing to do so, to value myself such that I make myself and my well-being important.
– 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.