Celebrate Who You Are

Have you been giving so much to other people that you often feel drained?

Have you been thinking about what is “wrong” with you instead of focusing on what you have done well?

Are you always comparing yourself with others and feel like you never quite measure up?

Are you trying to be someone you are not and have been turning a deaf ear to the whispers of your heart about your true purpose in life?

If you say “yes” to any of the above (I certainly did), today, I invite you to join me in celebrating who we are.

I believe for many of us, myself included, exercising self-acceptance and self-love does not come easily. But it’s so important that we make a conscious effort to do it.

Fundamentally, celebrating who we are is to love ourselves more. It is to appreciate our strengths and believe that who we are is enough. It is to delight in “just being”.

How can we do that? Here’s how.

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1. Sing Your Own Praises

Write a list of things that you feel proud of and stick it somewhere you can see it easily.

If you are a visual person or you wish to be creative and do something fun, do a photo collage or picture board with images that remind you of your strengths and successes. Or how about making the list into a beautiful bookmark? You may also like to store the same list in your mobile phone so that you can refer to it wherever you are.

2. Take Better Care of Your Body

Think of one thing you can do to take better care of your body, and make it a daily habit. For example, can you go to bed an hour earlier every night? Or eat more healthily by making yourself (and your family) fruit juice every morning?

The goal is to do one simple thing and do it consistently. When you have taken better care of your body, you’ll feel an improved sense of well-being and will naturally feel better about yourself.

3. Be Gentle with Yourself

Forgive yourself for mistakes you made. The past is history, what matters is what you are doing in the present.

When you find yourself thinking about what you have done wrong and are feeling like a failure, tell yourself this wonderful quote by Robert Allen:  “There’s no failure. Only feedback.”

How true! There are no failures in life, just what didn’t work for you. So now that you know, focus your energy on finding what will work!

4. Do What Makes Your Heart Sing

Make time on a regular basis to do what you love or enjoy, or simply focus on things that inspire you. I know this may be hard for some of us. However, I didn’t say do it daily, just regularly. Start small, such as 15 minutes each time. Do this and you’ll begin to experience greater joy in your heart. Not only that, if you’re feeling disengaged from your dreams, this step will help you reconnect with them and ultimately, to your authentic self.

5. Express Your True Self

Don’t compare yourself with others. You are unique and there’s NO ONE else in this world with exactly the same combination of skills, talents and experiences as you.

Don’t be afraid of what others think of you. Every time you do something out of alignment with your values and your true self because you are afraid of what others think or you are trying to please people, you’ll end up feeling miserable. It’s just not worth it.

Sometimes, this has to do with people you are hanging out with. Don’t force yourself to be who you are not so that you can fit in with a group of people who don’t share the same values as you. You can find definitely a new community of like-minded people (such as MomME Circle!). If not, form your own tribe. The important thing is not to compromise who are you just to gain acceptance from others.

Remember this: “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.“~ Judy Garland

So how are you going to celebrate who you are?

Not what you are, but WHO you are.

Just know this: You are worth it. Regardless of your education, profession, colour, size… whatever.

Honour who you are, because God made no mistake when He created you. He made you in His likeness and that’s how very special you are. Don’t let others tell you otherwise.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this, Ruth. A timely message for all mothers!

  2. How very true, thanks for sharing this. Indeed, a God-sent message in HIS time :)

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