If I loved myself unconditionally… I would definitely be more comfortable in my body.
I spend so much time wasting precious brain cells trying to be comfortable in my body where it is in this moment in life. Logically I know that it is a waste of time, but I think there is something to be said about the technology at our fingertips and the images we are inundated with. So, while I think I look fine… then I look at Pinterest to get ideas for work outfits and feel like 90% of the results wouldn’t look good on someone who has such a fondness for Wine and Nutella…. like myself.
So, I’ve actually been making this a focus of mine lately (not wine and Nutella… because that’s always a focus of mine). I’ve been focusing on being more grateful to my body and what it can do for me. I would like to spend my time focusing on this deliciously adventurous thing called life…. than focusing on losing a couple inches in middle section of my body.
So… here’s to playing with balance and priorities and landing somewhere in the middle.
**Playing catch up on these prompts on this beautiful rainy fall morning.**
What does unconditional love look like to me?
It looks like my dogs. They love me every day. They don’t care if I’m hangry, hormonal or having some other human experience. They are excited to see me every day. They will cuddle with me even if I was a jerk five minutes ago. They make me laugh and smile.
The love they show me is contagious. It makes me want to be a better human for them. When I’m mad because I’m cleaning up dog fur… for the seventh time that day because Huskies are always shedding, or I’m cleaning up poop or pee because one of them has a serious anxiety problem when it comes to fireworks… I just remember that they would love me if I pooped on the floor or was shedding all over.
In all seriousness, my dogs are a great example of unconditional love every day. I hope to be more like them when I grow up.
You guys, I have the best family. I have a Grandmother, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins (first, second, third… literally hundreds of cousins), Step Siblings, Step Parents, Bio Parents and a Sister I’ve been harassing since the day she was born. that I don’t see for quite a while. I can go a year in between seeing them… and they still feel like home when we hang out. I can honestly say without a doubt that I would trust any of them to help me, hold me and cheer for me any day of the week (maybe a slight delay in response on Packer Sundays… ;).
I have many blessings in this life, but my family is one of my biggest blessings. They have been supporting me since before I knew what a blessing they were. I cherish each and every family member I have.
If one of my famdangle is reading this now… I love you, let’s hang out :)
When I’m in pain — physical or emotional — the kindest thing I can do for myself is…
Be kind to myself.
Seems simple, but we (I) are our own worst critics. We think we shouldn’t be slowed down or hindered by physical or emotional disruptions in the force (haha). But seriously, as my life coach always reminds me… being kind to myself is the best gift I can give to myself.
If a good friend or family member was going through the exact same struggles I am, I would see all the brave and beautiful things about that person and would urge them to be kind to themselves. So, the challenge to myself is to see the brave and beautiful things about myself during times of struggle… and be kind. And maybe watch a harry potter marathon. ;)
I couldn’t imagine living without:
I am always so thankful for the comforts of the life I’ve been blessed to live. So I can’t imagine living without a roof over my head, running water at my fingertips, heat (heated blankets, a heated house, warm clothes, warm blankets), electricity, always having food available when I’m hungry, ability to work and support my family and having a healthy body that allows me to live the life I choose to live.
I am also thankful for a wonderful family and extended family, friends and all the souls that touch my life.
I couldn’t imagine my life without you.
I know I skipped 5… I’ll circle back around to it.
The words I’d like to live by are:
Self-love, self-compassion and self-kindness shine out from you. You cannot love, be kind or have compassion for others if you don’t do it yourself. LOVE YO’ SELF.