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I Am A Beautiful Person

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Today's assignment for the March Challenge, Love Yourself As You Are Now, is to write something positive about yourself in the status bar on your Spark page. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to write that I am beautiful and I deserve to be treated well.

Sometimes I'm so self critical that I forget all about my good points. Taking the time to acknowledge them is important. I have a great capacity to love and give from the heart to other people. I approach tasks with passion and energy. I love to make other people happy and to make them feel loved without demanding much for myself. This passion and giving makes me a beautiful person. Often times I am treated poorly in return. Whether this is because of jealousy or personality flaws in other people, I don't know.

I was brought up to allow others to treat me poorly. I have spent years trying to re-train myself to refuse to accept this kind of treatment. I know intellectually that I deserve to be treated well. Putting into practice what I know is a long process. The starting point has to be the way I treat myself and learning to love myself as I am now. So, today I will acknowledge that I am a beautiful person and I deserve to be treated well. It feels awkward to say that out loud but it is important for me to do it. I'm starting to make progress in loving myself as I am now.

  
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ANGEL0507 3/10/2010 1:31AM

    U shurely are a b'ful person dear and .....never ever let anyone make you feel otherwise, now as you have realised it.... emoticon emoticon no one else is imp. you are the most imp. person to yourself!!!

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VICIOUS421 3/9/2010 3:22AM

    Cyndi,
Great Blog and very true!!!!
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DONNABRIGHT 3/8/2010 8:56AM

    Excellent reminders for all of us!

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AMANDAJCD 3/8/2010 8:43AM

    Cyndi, you are so right emoticon

For about ten years I was told that I was worthless, stupid, inept... it's taken time for me to remember that I'm not. In fact, it's pretty much the opposite.

We are worth this, y'all. :)

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SLENDERELLA61 3/7/2010 9:48PM

    You truly are a beautiful person, Cyndi! You are a great leader and this is a wonderful challenge. Love your smile. Love your way of organizing events and encouraging people! Keep it up. And keep loving yourself, you beautiful, beautiful person!

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GINNY1215 3/7/2010 5:26PM

    Thank you for sharing. We all need reminders of our self worth from time to time and we all deserve to be treated well.

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L*I*T*A* 3/7/2010 4:18PM

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you are truly beautiful..........keep saying that to yourself because it is true !!!
beleive and you shall acheive !!!
blessings and hugs...............lita

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MARINE0526 3/7/2010 2:31PM

  I loved your words, and are very true, You are a beautiful person no matter the opinions of others, Jesus was condemned, criticized, tortured and killed ... and he was the son of God, You are a source of love and positive things and you're willing to give it your best, and I tell you today that you have my full support in this journey we have begun and will succeed because we deserve it!

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PRINCESS895 3/7/2010 2:18PM

    I AM BEAUTIFUL and I DESERVE TO BE TREATED WELL.

Thank you for sharing this. emoticon

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Something Special Just For Me

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Yesterday after joining the Polk Group for a team walk, I went to the Bloom'n Arts Festival. I wondered up and down the isles and enjoyed all of the art work and crafts. I love to go to craft shows and indulge myself in going whenever possible. Although I walked a mile before I went, I went anyway and enjoyed the fresh air, sunshine and creative beauty. I must have walked around for two and a half hours! I really like the antiques and enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane whenever I saw something from my childhood. Not that I'm an antique mind you!!! lol I didn't buy much but enjoyed myself thoroughly. I bought a used book and some luscious strawberries. When I got home I put my feet up and relaxed. Later, I washed the strawberries and shared them with hubby. They were juicy and tasted delicious! What a great day!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 3/7/2010 9:53PM

    Wonderful! Good choice for a special treat - fresh air, a bit of exercise, a stroll down memory lane, and yummy strawberries. Good for you! -Marsha

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POLYANASUNSHINE 3/7/2010 3:10PM

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What I want to do for myself in the Love Myself As I Am Now March Challenge 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

The Challenge for March 2010, is to learn to love yourself as you are right now. This means that I have to look at myself realistically and be able to see my faults and accept them and be able to celebrate my gifts and strong points. I need to stop fixating on my weight and focus elsewhere!

I would like to increase my positive self talk and be less self conscious about my weight. I'd like to revive my interest in pretty clothes and accessories and to see getting dressed up as something fun instead of dreading it or using clothes to hide my body. I have already been working on this for the past 18 months, but I can still use some concentrated effort. I'd also like to emphasize an attitude of gratitude. Appreciating the gifts of nature and friendships are very uplifting and make me a happier person. When I give, I get so much back just from the simple act of giving. Developing a grateful, loving attitude toward myself , nature, and others will set the stage for being able to love myself as I am now. For the month of March 2010, I will be my own biggest cheerleader and advocate. I will treat myself with loving kindness; much as I would a treasured friend.

  
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PRINCESS895 3/7/2010 2:27PM

    A joyful heart is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

Stay Happy. You have truly inspired me.

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VICIOUS421 3/1/2010 9:58PM

    If we all talked to ourselves and treated ourselves as if we were a dear and treasured friend I think we all would be a lot happier with ourselves!!! I don't know what team this challenge is on but I think I will join you in this challenge and try to treat myself as I would a dear and treasured friend! Thank you for the inspiration!!!!
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L*I*T*A* 3/1/2010 10:57AM

    wonderful blog...............you are a treasured friend !!!
thanks for sharing and all the best with your challenge.............blessings and hugs...............lita

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PEGGYANNSCH 3/1/2010 10:54AM

    That is great

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BUTEAFULL 3/1/2010 10:39AM

    same realizations I came to about myself, one of the reasons I joined the red hat society we dress to look outlandish on purpose and revel in it

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/1/2010 3:18AM

    That is wonderful. I wish you all the luck with your challenge!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/1/2010 1:39AM

    Beautiful! Just beautiful! You are a treasured friend and I am so glad that you are consciously and conscientiously working to be your own treasured friend as well.

Thank you for this challenge and all you do for our team! -Marsha

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Spa Day

Saturday, February 27, 2010

This morning our local team had a spa day. I wasn't sure what to expect but between the facials, hand and feet massages, heat packs, snacks, relaxation breathing and laughter, we all had a great time. One of our members said she thought she'd go to sleep right on the couch!

Many times we get so busy that we tend to race from thing to thing. Our own needs get put to the bottom of the list. The needs may never see the light of day unless we address them directly with purpose. Spa day was all about relaxing, sharing and feeling good. We had healthy snacks and great conversation. I actually hated for it to be over. So, before we each went on our separate ways, we decided to do it again on May 22. Perhaps we'll have time to enlist a few volunteer professionals to come and participate in our pampering session. The best part was that I didn't even feel guilty for taking a big 3 hour block of time out of my day to pamper and relax and I feel great!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 2/28/2010 9:48AM

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Maybe next time I will be able to be there.I will mark in down May 22

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ILIKEYOU 2/28/2010 12:26AM

    oooh, that sounds so lovely! good for you!
(i need to schedule ones of those soon:))

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SLENDERELLA61 2/27/2010 11:14PM

    Thanks again, Cyndi. It was wonderful!! You are very much appreciated. Love, Marsha

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Loving Myself As I Am Now

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This year I decided that I would give up negative self talk/actions (and replace it with loving myself as I am now) for Lent. I have been working on this concept for about a year and a half now, but I want to ramp it up and work on being more consistent. For those of us who have areas of low self extreme and who have been abused, it seems to be a constant inner struggle. So I'm going to take that struggle and make it my personal project for Lent. Lent is supposed to be all about struggle and this fits in well. For one of my Spark teams, we focused on Loving Yourself as our February Challenge. As I was in the process of doing this challenge, I discovered that although I'm very supportive of others, I'm not as supportive of myself as I could be. I tend to be very self critical and have very high expectations for my own achievement and actions. In short, I'm undermining my own happiness and success by not accepting me as I am now! I should be my own biggest cheerleader and right now, I'm not.

How did this happen? I was doing really well with positive self talk/actions and then I got busy, sick and stressed out. The first things to go were many of the positive self talk/actions habits that I was trying to form. Yes, the very ones that I was in the process of developing. I'm not going to beat myself up over it because that would put me on a downward spiral and be counterproductive. Instead, I'm going to increase my own awareness of what I'm doing to myself. The first thing I need to do is counter every negative thought about myself with a positive thought about myself. Example: I fell down during a walk in the park. Instead of telling myself, " What a klutz I am, I should have paid closer attention to what I'm doing. It was stupid, stupid, stupid!", I should have said something to the effect, "I was so focused in the beauty of nature that I didn't see that tree root. I feel good out here looking at all the birds. It's great that I'm taking care of my body by doing a long walk. Aerobic activities are good for me. Yea me!" Of course hindsight is always 20/20 and my improved version of positive self talk/actions looks great on paper but what about the reality of it? I need to map out a plan to help turn it around.

I decided to create an upcoming challenge for March (on a different team that I help to lead) as an exercise in learning to love yourself as you are now. Over the past year I have noticed that many members (myself included) have discussed the idea of low self extreme and self image issues. Even those of us who have lost a large amount of weight still have some of these same issues. What better way to start the process of making positive self talk/actions into a new habits than to do a challenge for a whole month. As I was designing the daily activities, I felt myself starting to get excited about the whole idea. Hopefully the team members will do the challenge too. Since the team is a local one, we can help to support one another when we get together for four upcoming team events. We will be kicking off our challenge with a team Spa Day. The focus will be on relaxations and taking care of your body.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 2/27/2010 11:19PM

    Great blog! Very good example of positive self talk in the Circle B walking situation. I'm really looking forward to the challenge you have created for us. All of us need it. Maybe some of us who live with a lot of criticism and negativity from others need it even more. Thanks for your outstanding leadership. Love, Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 2/23/2010 9:32PM

    great idea...........will be so much fun espeically for all in the local team......all the best with the challenge.......blessings and hugs...............lita

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/23/2010 5:19PM

    Sounds like a terrific idea! I, too, suffer from low self esteem issues. I am a perfectionist but trying hard to be middle ground. I work w/ a lot of Hispanic people and as I watch them at work it amazes me how happy they are working and being together. It's something I'm learning. Not to take myself too seriously and to be forgiving not only of myself but others also. Keep up the good work!!

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JENSHAWN 2/23/2010 3:47PM

    I am working more on me now, too. It reminds me of the airplane announcement that says when the air mask comes put yours on first(so you will be able to help others). You gotta do stuff for You!

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CONNEALS 2/23/2010 3:39PM

    What a great blog! I love that you are going to embrace what you have achieved. I recognized myself in some of your comments and I'm going to work on it too!

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LISAGL1 2/23/2010 3:12PM

    Good for you! You should be proud of yourself for making up you mind. I have a lot of respect for you! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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