Last night, in the midst of another chaotic mess with my family, I had the thought, “I will be nice to myself. I am enough.” run through my head multiple times. It was weird, because as far as I was concerned, I am usually good to myself. But as I’ve continued to think on it, I’ve realized maybe that’s not so.
Recently, a girl in my hometown had something done to her face. I don’t know what it was, something changing the shape of her jaw and possibly some fillers in her cheeks, but she looks good. Like a completely different person good. So naturally, I spent a good thirty minutes looking through all of her pictures and wondering if maybe I should do something to change the shape of my face.
A few days ago, I got the idea in my head that maybe I should start getting Botox. I’m 23, y’all…. Do 23 year olds get Botox?! (Serious question though… I have no idea.) And I also started looking for a night cream for my face.
I’ve started going to the gym, and I’ve fallen in love with how it has made my arms look. I’m pretty sure it’s the only reason that I continue to go back. (I had multiple surgeries on my arms, so I probably shouldn’t be touching the lat bar… Oops!)
I think as women, we get so caught up in trying to be perfect. I am one of those women who aspires to have it all – I want to travel, I want to have a law degree, I want to be a great mother (when the time is right,) and I also want to be an amazing wife (again, when the time is right.) And of course, I want to look amazing while doing it all and having it all. I need to stop and remind myself that who I am is enough. And I have no doubt in my mind that last night’s “mantra” was a reminder from God.
I read this blog post by Emily Ley a while ago, and it has stuck with me ever sense. “I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.” How poignant.
So today, and every other day for that matter, I challenge you to be nice to yourself. Accept your quirks! I will no longer be ashamed of my gaudy pink lipstick or the fact that I have addiction to decaf coffee, which really doesn’t make any sense. I will own the fact that my car will always be messy. And I will embrace the fact that my hair is wild, has a mind of it’s own, and could use a 6 inch trim. I hope that you will embrace the things about you that make you… YOU!
So tell me, what is it that you’re going to accept about yourself today? 🙂 Have a happy Thursday… Aren’t you glad it’s almost Friday?!