Why is liking yourself so hard? I know I’m not alone in that thinking.
When I wrote my post last year about self-loathing, I was surprised by how many women said they felt the same way. Beautiful, intelligent women.
It’s easy to say things like
I like my lips
but it’s quickly followed by
but they could be fuller.
We all do it. Someone compliments us Oh, I like your new haircut! and instead of simply saying thanks, we say Thanks. I had to pay a fortune for it because my hair is so fine and thin and it’s hard to find a style that works.
Or maybe that’s just me.
But it’s definitely something I’ve recognized in myself. And as I’m working on a lot of areas of improvement in my life, I’m focusing on two things:
Call me old-fashioned but I’ve always been inspired by the Serenity Prayer.
As many of you know, the change is something I’m working on as part of the Shaklee 180 program. I’m changing the focus of my diet and eating and I’m also making an effort to get more active. It takes time. I’m not as successful as I’d like to be (see my video diary tomorrow) but I’m not going to beat myself up over it. That’s part of the acceptance.
And in keeping with that theme, Shaklee challenged us to an extra post this month. Yes, there’s an incentive for doing it but I’m participating because I need to.
They’ve challenged us to talk about the positives. The physical traits about ourselves that we like and love. It’s not an I like it but… or an I love this but…
It’s just some simple statements. So here goes.
I love this about myself… my brown eyes in the sun.
Brown eyes often get a bad rap. But my brown eyes? I think they look beautiful when the sun catches them just right. Unfortunately it’s hard to photograph because our eyes want to close when the sun hits them.
Now there are plenty of things in this photo I don’t like. But that’s not the point. So I’ll just look at my eye color and be happy.
And then there’s the like. What I like. Again, I can think of plenty of buts to go with it but I’m going to leave it alone.
I like this about myself… my smile.
I’m often told I don’t smile enough in my photos. I actually really like my smile. It’s the buts that keep me from doing it more often.
One final note… as if you couldn’t tell, these are actual, unretouched photos. I resisted the urge to photoshop out all the things that make me cringe because after all, we are who we are.
Now, will you play along? Tell me one thing you like about yourself and one thing you love.
This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own.