To me

You are beautiful and strong. You are human and you do the best you can with what you have been given. The world is a nasty place. You won’t always have someone to stand up for you accept for you. You are all you have. So take care of yourself, love yourself because you are worthy of all the love there is out there. Keep going, don’t stop believing and keep your heart soft because it is good. You are good. Remember that…

Birthday Body Butter

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As though they knew she needed to love herself more than anything else, they gave her enough body butter to last the winter. As though they realised that though she was in repair on the inside, it really  starts on the outside. She needed therapy, to put her hands to her skin and rub the butter into every inch of her body nourishing it and making it glow. She needed to get to know it every day and catch glimpses of its bronze glow throughout the day. She needed to see the genuine beauty that lies there and in time awaken the beauty inside. She needed to butter herself up and in and out.

For The Wild Ones

You Don’t Need A Man, You Need a Goddamn Warrior.

I don’t know if this is a buffer or if it’s true but man it is filled with hope. You are lovely, wild one!

Adorn

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So as an affirmation exercise to boost self esteem and my view of myself, I have a list of adjectives pasted at the top left hand corner of my mirror. Every morning before I get ready for the day, I look at my reflection and I say these adjectives out loud.

Number one on my list is that I am beautiful and when I start getting dressed, I’m more motivated to put more effort into my appearance.

Today, one of my colleagues pulled me aside and proceeded to tell me how beautiful I look today. She emphasised how different it is from how I normally look. The compliments kept coming and not from her alone!

So here’s my theory: when you make a statement about yourself, you start acting it out. Once you act it out, others see it in you.

There you have it: I am beautiful because I say so…