Thursday, February 26, 2015

Love: It starts with you.

I have always believed that loving yourself is the most important thing you can do. and even though I have always been a believer of this self-love, doesn't mean I have always followed it. and I admit that. I know the struggles of dealing with low-confidence, questioning self-worth, and learning to accept our own flaws. It's a long and bumpy road. Some of us chase after it for years and some are still chasing. I know I am. on a daily. and I'm perfectly okay with that. Back in June I wrote a post called "I am Fearless" which discussed how growing up and going through so many stages in my life altered my way of thinking, acting, talking, and dressing. I talked about how I am focusing on just being Ashlee Michelle. and not living by society standards or even the opinions of those who try to tell me to be other wise. and today, in february, i feel more fearless then ever before.

Earlier this week I went to lunch with a friend who has been in my life since our freshman year of high school. we have been to hell and back with each other in all aspects of our lives. she knows me better then i know myself. i was telling her how i have been working on myself. not just the physical and healthy version of ashlee. but the confident, knowing my worth, and accepting my own flaws ashlee. i have done this "find yourself" adventure for the last 4 years on and off, but this time i feel its different. i feel like its not just an adventure but rather a journey that i will be on for the rest of my life. this time i am in it for the long run and not just until i feel its good enough. i was telling my friend how focusing on myself: mind, body, and spirit has opened up my eyes in multiple ways. mostly, to radiate love, which is something i discussed in my previous post about lent. and i have learned that i have to radiate love within myself before i can radiate love to other people. if i'm not happy with myself and i don't love myself. how can i treat others with kindness? i can't. it's simple as that. you know the saying "how people treat you has nothing to do with you, it has to do with how they see themselves?" i cannot tell you how true that is. and its something i have learned in many ways over the last few years. because once you learn to believe that statement and let the opinions of others roll of your back, the easier life gets. and when you have taken the time to love yourself, showing love to others gets easier every day. i promise.

i have been eating the healthiest i have ever ate. drinking more water then i've ever drank. figuring out a fitness program that works for me. been reading my bible every morning. drinking tea. taking time to myself and my thoughts. drawing. dancing. laughing. blasting music with the windows rolled down. and smiling. i am finding something to smile about in every day. and I have set a goal for myself to give a compliment twice a day. One to myself, once to another person. and it's amazing how much that can change your day. to know that you are being kind to yourself and you just made someone smile. being kind to yourself and to others can really do great things for your health. i promise. 2015 has shown me so much in the short quick two months that have flown by. i think it's going to be a great year. and i don't plan on wasting it. and so i leave with you a sweet little reminder. because a little reminder to love yourself each day is important. don't you think?

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