Things I Love Thursday!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

One of my favorite daily rituals that I do is checking all of my favorite blogs and reading them. Last week, I was reading All Shook Up, and her post called Things I Love Thursday. She posted a video of a Ted Talk, or more specifically, Gala Darling, and her talk at TEDxCMU. It's about 15 minutes long, but worth every single minute.

I have struggled with self-love and self-acceptance for much of my young adulthood, especially after I tore my ACL in 10th grade, couldn't run for six months and gained about 25 pounds, at the same time that I was dealing with an unsupportive coach and some serious family issues. I had been a competitive athlete, playing year round basketball. Almost overnight, my body had changed and I couldn't do a lot of the things I was used to doing. I turned to food as a way to try and fill a void that had appeared in my life. I don't think I've filled it yet.

The idea of radical self love is terrifying to me. I don't think I can just automatically say, I Love Myself and Everything I Am and Everything I Do! There are moments and days when I really feel the self-loathing, hatred, and pain that I've been carrying around for a while, and when I really feel depressed and anxious and scared. Most days, I just want to curl up in my bed and sleep. I actively have to think about loving myself, accepting myself, and staying true to myself. It's a process, and it's hard, but I am completely committed to that process and journey. As part of that journey, I want to share the positive things I have in my life right now, the things I love, and the things that make me happy.

  • Waking up in the morning and looking out over the Denver skyline. 
  • Teaching kids about history at the History Colorado center.
  • Having dinner with my friends.
  • Blogging
  • Preparing to Study Abroad in France 
  • Greeting my parents when they get home from work
  • Re-reading Harry Potter books
  • Having two different colored eyes (one green, and one 2/3 brown)
  • Delta Zeta - a sisterhood that has given me so much
  • My little, Autumn Ann
  • Taking pictures
  • My succulents, and the fact that one of them has a new bud
  • Going to see movies
  • Having a picnic
  • Being surrounded by art all the time
  • Working in museums
  • Studying history
  • Pink nail polish
  • Pink peonies
  • White daisies
  • Navy Blue
  • Striped shirts
  • A fresh planner
  • New pens
  • Positive feedback
  • Improving my French language
  • Matching office supplies
  • Yoga
What do you love? How have you learned to love yourself? Are you also on a journey of self-love and acceptance? 

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