Be Mine

This Valentines Day I wanted to dedicate a post to someone who I rarely pay enough attention to, the one person I don’t say ‘I love you’ to daily – or ever, someone who could use a little care, love and positivity right at this moment.

So, when Glow mentioned her I Love Myself Linky I was in. When Sunday night rolled around and it was time to write all of this week’s posts it was with frustration that I looked at the blank screen for this post. I sat and wondered ‘What do I love about myself?’ over and over until I was pretty sick of the sound of my own internal voice.

I walked away and came back last night. I took Glowless’ advice and asked someone else what was lovable about me, figuring I could at least get some ideas. Turns out, I am not the only person who can’t come up with something positive about me. Which, was a little soul crushing.

Given that this year plan to focus more on myself a little more I was adamant that I would find something, I figured there must be something since I spend quite a bit of time fantacising about being alone, that in itself is a positive thing, yes?  I decided to pick a few random things which came to me during the day;

Letting Children Face Paint

Sparkly Panda

Letting Children Face Paint

'Lalentine' Butterfly

* I love that I am willing to let my children do things like paint my face. The joy on Ellie’s face is well worth the length of time I have to stay completely still and all the times I get told off for not doing so.

* I am stronger than I ever thought. I keep going, keep surviving.

* I have acted on my plan of making time to do some things which make me feel good like reading and now participating in Book of Days.

* I love the way I see the world, especially since getting my macro lens; I’ve spent much of my life in a haze, I think, so it’s amazing to be noticing and capturing.

* Now that I have children, I particularly love that I accept and embrace my weirder characteristics. I like to think I am modeling something very important about differences, tolerance and being themselves.

It’s not a very long list, but I am still working on this self love thing.

I did give myself a Valentines gift of not cleaning until after naps and then tomorrow I will give myself another by buying myself a coffee, when I take Ellie to her music class, without guilt.

Did you practice a little self love today?

GlowsValentines

14 Comments

  1. You have chosen such wonderful traits and they are all magnificent. I saw that photo today on Instagram and giggled thinking of all the fun your kids would have had doing it. It’s so fun to be silly sometimes 🙂

    Good on you for joining in, especially when you found it difficult. I appreciate it and have loved reading the posts.

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Becky xxx

    • We did have fun with the face paint. Though, I didn’t get a chance to do any painting for some reason!

      Thanks for hosting this – it was great to read so many great posts on loving yourself x

  2. This is such a wonderful post and I’ve loved reading the responses Glowless had to her linky. It sounds like you are really moving forward in your life… and that is inspiring in itself. Visiting from iBOT. xo

    • I’ve enjoyed reading all the posts, too. I think it was such a great idea. I hope I am on the right track, so often I think I am moving forward only to get a few months down the track to discover I’ve gone nowhere!
      Thanks for popping by!

  3. It’s not easy to find stuff you love about yourself, but you did an awesome job.

    I definitely embrace my quirkier attributes these days, and love seeing my kids embrace theirs too!

    • Thanks Jess. It sucks that it’s so hard, but it is.

      It’s good to be different! Thats what I hope to teach my kids!

  4. I love all those things about you, too!

    I also love that you’re a great listener .. No matter how much I babble or whinge. You are alway there when I need you 🙂
    I love that you’re a fantastic hostess! Nath and I both love coming to your place any time. Especially card night!
    I love that you’re so accepting. We’ve had our ups and downs and yet you still love me 🙂 I’m so grateful for that.
    There is so so much to love about you!
    I’m thankful every day that you’re my friend. My sister.
    You’re more amazing than you’ll ever know.. But I hope that one day you do realise it.
    I love you, Beckeroo!

    • Naww. How did I miss this comment. Totally crying right now. Thank you my love.
      You are amazing and the sweetest sister friend a girl could hope for. What would I do without you x

  5. I think that is a fab list of things to love about yourself and you just gave me a great idea – one of the things I am working on is being more fun and open to whatever my kids want to do, family time etc – i am going to let them loose on me with make up or face paint! i actually like sitting still (hence the stick in the mud part of me i don’t like) but the giving them free reign is something they will love – thanks for inspiring me to let loose!

    • Thanks Deb! I hope you’ll post pics of what your kids do! I just love letting them do it, they get very serious about it and I can see changes already in what they produce.
      The first time I (nervously) let them loose on me I considered it a way for me to show them that I trust them and it’s been a blessing, considering it’s something so small, really.

  6. Great list Becky! And I love that your brave enough to share the face painting on the Internet xxx

    • Haha, I know! I just Instagram everything and then go ‘oh, hold on…’

  7. So many of us need to be much kinder to ourselves. We carry such warped views that are untrue. It’s great you were able to find some lovely things to appreciate about yourself.

    • You’re so right. Why we can’t see truth instead of lies and negativity is such a shame. I like to imagine a world where we can see the good in ourselves just as readily as the not-so-shiny parts.

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