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Loving myself, part 2


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Yesterday, I started my countdown of 10 things I love about myself. Today, I'm following up with the top 5 reasons! Plus, today is Valentine's Day. I've been busy telling everyone else how much I love them and why, so here's a chance to tell myself the same thing.

As a note, I've left physical things I like about myself off this list. I actually want to do a whole separate blog about appreciating my body (because that needs some dedicated focus), so for now, I'm focusing on the non-physical and changeless things about myself that I truly love!

~ FIVE ~
I'm passionate about the things I believe in and will work hard for them. I'm a very purpose-driven person, and this has made me very successful in my line of work. I'm also pretty fortunate that I've been able to work in a field that let's me use this passion.

~ FOUR ~
I enjoy taking risks and trying new things to learn about myself. I'm not necessarily the jump-out-of-a-plane kind of risk taker, but I have moved to new places where I've known no one, I've taken on challenges with new groups, and I've even started a trivia night at a local pub, just because I thought it would be fun! What's great to me about putting myself in challenging situations is that I always learn more about myself and end up feeling pretty proud of finding success!

~ THREE ~
I'm great at finding adventure and joy in little things, and I'm truly awed by life. I'm known for telling friends and loved ones "let's have an adventure today," and I tend to frame even the mundane - like Saturday errands with my fiance - as "having an adventure." Life excites me, and I'm good living in the moment and appreciating people and experiences most of the time.

~ TWO ~
I love fiercely and strive to be kind. Maybe it's a combination of things I've mentioned before, but sometimes I just get blown away by how much I love my family, my fiance, and my friends. I also work really hard at being kind to people - and not fake kind at that. If I catch myself being negative towards someone or thinking negative thoughts about someone, I'll try to stop and make myself think 3 positive things about that person. In fact, maybe I should try being as kind to myself!

~ ONE ~
My number one favorite thing about myself is that I'm extremely resilient and strong. I know that overall I've been pretty fortunate, but I've certainly experienced some serious trauma in my life. While I'd be lying if I said that I didn't struggle in the aftermath (in fact, I developed pretty serious depression and anxiety issues for about 6 or 7 years afterwards), I don't think I ever lost sight of the fact that my life could improve and would improve if I just kept working towards it. What's more, I was successful at that work, and I think the trauma I experienced is actually pretty linked to how much I love and appreciate life now. The last real vestige of those harder times in my life is the weight I put on during it (also at least partially attributable to a broken bone, though I think the trauma is the more likely reason things spiraled so far out of control). Fortunately, I know that I'm strong enough to overcome ANYTHING, and if I struggle along the way, that doesn't mean I've failed. As hard as this journey may sometimes be, I know it will never be as hard as things I've been through in the past, and I know that I am strong enough to succeed!
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ANGELAK85 2/14/2013 4:31PM

    I love this!! Reading this made me think "wow, I love this about myself too". It's like sometimes we forget about the things we like about ourselves because the negative feelings we have shadow over them. At least for me they do! I did my blogs too :)

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CAROLINAKIWI 2/14/2013 4:02PM

    Well said!!

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