Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love Thyself

Happy Valentine's Day!

More than anything, this day is about love. There are all kinds of love: romantic, friendship, ex-relationships, pets, family, friends, kids, and most importantly, self love. On this day, the focus is so often about romantic love - and that's great! But it's only one kind of love.

What about love for yourself?

I love me!
Too many of us talk so horribly to ourselves. I saw a sign the other day that said something along the lines of, "If you talked to others like you talk to yourself, you'd get punched in the face."

Think about how you talk to yourself. Are you nice, respectful, and positive? Or are you rude, demeaning, and negative?

When I think of negative self-talk, I think of one of my favorite songs: "F*ckin' Perfect" by P!nk:
You're so mean when you talk
About yourself. You were wrong.
Change the voices in your head
Make them like you instead. 
Pretty, pretty please, don't you ever, ever feel
Like you're less than f*cking perfect
Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel
Like you're nothing, you're f*cking perfect to me.
Whenever you find yourself saying negative things to yourself, stop for a second and rephrase your comment. Be gentle with yourself.

Make a promise to yourself.
Since today is all about love, I challenge you to think of five things you love about yourself. Here are the things I love about myself:

  1. I love that I like to be challenged.
  2. I love that I go out of my way to make others feel special.
  3. I love that I'm "Minnesota nice" no matter where I live.
  4. I love that I have a good work ethic and am a perfectionist.
  5. I love that I'm athletic.
This is kind of a difficult exercise, but I think it's well worth your time. So on this day of love, spend some time making yourself feel special (Get your mind out of the gutter! I'm not talking about THAT!).

Tell me what you love about yourself in the comments!


  1. First of all, I love this post. :D

    No punching yourself in the face. lol!

    Here are my 5 things:
    - I love my laugh, its totally contagious.
    - I love that there is only one of me.
    - I love that I can do anything I put my mind to given enough time and googling.
    - I love that I am fit.
    - I love that I write and blog

    And I love ME! :D

    1. 1) I love that I'm a morning person.
      2) i LOVE that I am (normally) polite.
      3) I love that I'm environmentally conscious.
      4) I love that I'm not unhealthily drawn to material goods.
      5) I love how strong I get when I go to the gym!

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