Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday 13 - Ways to Love Yourself

In life, we may find it easy to allow ourselves to love and accept multitudes of other people, but when it comes to loving ourselves we're not as forgiving. In fact, we can be quite relentless in our pursuit of perfection. So, how then do you learn to put aside all the shoulds and should nots we face, and really begin a love affair with yourself?

The first step is to realize that you are somebody. You're a friend, someone's daughter or son, possibly a lover, an employee or employer, or maybe even someone's spouse. No matter how your role changes, you're still somebody. Nothing will ever change that.

The next step is to take time out to actually love yourself. In romantic relationships it is often said that true love is shown through actions, not words. Learn to apply this to yourself with the following ideas, and you'll be on the road to a lifetime romance, with yourself!

1. Dear Me...
Write a love letter to yourself. In the letter describe what you really like about you, and what you'd like to improve about yourself. Keep it in a special place you can refer to when needed.

2. Scheduling Time
Make appointments with yourself to do artistic or spiritually uplifting activities. For example, you might enjoy going on a picnic at the park, taking a tour through an art museum, or taking a walk in a secluded area.

3. The Finer Things In Life
Enjoy the finer things in life! Eat on your "good" dishes. Enjoy a candlelit meal. Listen to a favorite CD over champagne. Wear your favorite clothes. Treat yourself to unexpected present.

4.Enlighten Yourself
Try learning an enlightening hobby such as yoga or meditation.

5. Freedom Of Yourself
Give yourself freedom to make mistakes. Instead of questioning why you are doing, or may have done, something, just accept that you did it. Know inside that you'll handle it when you're ready to, and that it is okay to do just that.

6. Forgiveness
Forgive yourself for something in your past. Write a letter of apology that includes everything you might have done. Seal it in an envelope, and keep it somewhere private.

7. Day-By-Day
Live life day-by-day. Try not to worry about what will, or will not happen in the future. Or, what may, or may not have happened in your past. All things are created in the present. Remember, your future and your past are created by what you are doing right now this very moment.

8.  Change jobs.
Find a job that you enjoy.  Sometimes you might not make as much, but you will certainly be happier.

9. Take up a hobby.
Find something you not only enjoy doing but that you are good at.  This will build up confidence, self esteem, and may introduce you some new friends.

10. Friends.
Share your feelings with a special friend or two.  You might be surprised they feel the same way.  Perhaps you could set small goals for yourselves and work together to achieve them.

11.  Take a class.
Sign up for a creative writing class if you like to read.  Again, you'll build confidence and make new friends. 

12.  Be a Diva.
Embrace your femininity.  Spend some time on yourself and with other women in your life such as mother, sisters, girlfriends.  silly things like facials while sharing a bottle of wine and cheesecake can help you remember the importance of being a female.

13.  Smile.
Smile through the day and your heart will eventually believe your face.  At bedtime, end your night thinking of something that made you laugh that day.  Find the small joys in life and your heart will make you shine!

What are your thoughts?
Take a moment and share your thoughts or experiences on this topic!

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Romance Author and Artist Mary Quast lives in a log home affectionately named "Camp Run-A-Muk" located in the woods of Michigan with her husband, three sons, and a collection of animal family members. As a professional artist, Mary Quast answered the call to express herself creatively. With her descriptive writing style she has developed a knack for creating passionate characters and realistic settings. Quast is one of the original writers for the 1 Night Stand Series published by Decadent Publishing. When she’s not busy writing contemporary erotic romance novels, novelettes, and short stories, Mary Quast doles out sensual tips and yummy eye candy on her blog “Romantic Interludes”.

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