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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Do you ever have "light bulb moments" after reading an article in SP?

This one jumped out at me and was a powerful statement....


Since I was young - I journaled my thoughts. But I am certain that I never put any focus on listing my positive traits or accomplishments.

So, Monday I decided to try and list FIVE accomplishments that I had made during the day.

My paper looked like this.....


It was still empty when I went to sleep that night.

I thought about my empty page all day long. And thinking that much of my self-esteem issues go back to childhood problems. Problems I'm trying to close and put away...but maybe I need to face them head on in order to gain some self-worth.

So, now I am trying something new....

* To give myself pep-talks through the day.
* To remind myself why people like me.
* Rethink accomplishments often

And last night, I was once again faced with a blank page in my journal.....

1. When the pain became unbearable, I went into the bedroom to elevate my legs. Learning to listen to my body is a good thing.

2. Playing with a crochet project, while elevating - didn't like how the current project looked, ripped the whole thing out and restarted. Learned what I did wrong and more satisfied with this (fourth) attempt!

3. Went through an emotional day and did NOT turn to food.

4. Was upset with someone, called them and had a loooooong conversation. Poured out all my thoughts (good and bad) and we both felt better for making the effort.


While #5 was still empty....I will continue to do this each night.

Sometimes the list will contain simple entries like - I ate a healthy breakfast, I pushed myself to accomplish XX more minutes of exercise, I involved myself in less stress and more fun, I allowed myself a relaxing vacation, I got a good nights rest......

Part of that self-talk.......is reminding myself (daily) that I AM worth this healthy journey!!!!

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    Wow wonderful and powerful blog I've been working hard on self talk and low self esteem for a few years now this little wonderful amazing tool (write it !!!5 things each night) will be a big help I'm sure. Thank you
    side almost fun note. when I went to type my self talk was" 5 no way to many say 3 you can find 3 a day but you will never find 5". this may be true some days but I will strive for 5 a day
    Thank You
    2428 days ago
  • SAMI199
    I just want to stand up & yell-Go Annie Go!!!! You are seeing what is so obvious to me & so many others here. You are an amazing, bright,extremely witty,lovely lady That I am proud to call a friend.!

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    2428 days ago
  • SAL1512
    You can learn to be your own best friend.
    2431 days ago
    YOU ARE emoticon Keep up your great work!!! emoticon emoticon
    2432 days ago
    You know, when you spend your life from the time you are a kid internalizing the poor opinions that others have of you, it seems you then spend the remainder of your life overcoming them, because during your most vulnerable years, you allowed those outside opinions and actions to define your own self image and to somehow 'make' you who you are to yourself. So of course, you become deficient in your OWN eyes, only as a result of how the significant people in your life 'created' your flawed view of yourself. Why does it take us so long to realize these lessons? The world itself only furthers this.....who can 'live up to' the images we're presented on a daily basis? It's almost like this life is just geared to tear us down so that we have to end up 'remaking' ourselves, what the heck is up with that??? LOL But you're taking some really good steps to finally overcoming your own baggage and eradicating your own perceived 'deficiencies' that were, from the beginning, only other peoples' lies. You are exactly who and what you were always meant to be, Annie. And there is only ONE you, and you are a gem thru and thru. Keep on truckin', gf.
    2433 days ago
    #5 You are learning to recognize what a wonderful person you really are and along that journey, you are helping others who have similar problems with self-esteem to follow your lead! Best of luck on your Spark Journey! Remember, YOU ARE WORTH IT!

    2433 days ago
    It's great - lover yourself first!
    Oh you can add - you inspired others!
    2434 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/24/2012 2:16:41 AM
    You are awesome. thank you emoticon
    2434 days ago
    #5 is......you wrote this blog that inspired many of us who read it to re-evaluate our own accomlishments in life! Thank you. You are worth so much to me that I am adding you as one of my Sparkfriends. emoticon
    2435 days ago
    1. She sews and quilts and creates amazing products!
    2. She motivates and helps others on the quilt and lose team with their quilting challenges!
    3. She exercises more than she has in years.
    4. She befriends others and motivates them to achieve in spite of the fact she doesn't realize she is doing it.
    5. She's my friend! emoticon
    2435 days ago
    Great idea! Keep appreciating yourself!.

    2435 days ago
    I love it! A self esteem list for the day sounds like a wonderful idea and I think I might try that for myself. Great idea Annie! I like your entries too!

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    2435 days ago
    Little accomplishments pile up to creat great accomplishments! If you eat correctly over and over, you will accomplish the big feat of getting trim and healthy. Sounds like a good journaling exercise to me.
    2435 days ago
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