Your Opinion of Yourself is the Only One that Matters

Your Opinion of Yourself is the Only One that Matters

Your Opinion of Yourself is The One That Matters

I suck at accepting compliments. Praise is wonderful to hear, but I automatically start blushing, get tongue tied and want to run away. I'm sure if I dig deep I will figure out the root of this reaction. Most of the time I don't believe the compliment I receive is true. 

Receiving compliments is a sign that you are doing something well, that you are loved, and/or admired. The compliments feel good when you hear them, but they are dependent on the opinions of others on your actions.

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5 Easy Habits to Put Into Action When Learning to Love Yourself

5 Easy Habits to Put Into Action When Learning to Love Yourself

"Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all!" -Michael Masser

A close friend of mine has had the same morning routine for the past 20 years. Every morning, she spends 15 minutes looking at herself in the mirror and reminds herself of all the reasons why she believes she is amazing. The first time I saw her doing this, I was only 15, and I couldn’t comprehend what she was doing. Now, as an adult, I am so proud of her for having such confidence in herself at such a young age. Regardless of the situation, I always see her standing up tall, taking risks while always believing in herself. She is her own biggest cheerleader, and I admire this about her.

I wish that women put similar habits into place while learning to love themselves.

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Teaching My Step-Daughter How to Love Herself

Teaching My Step-Daughter How to Love Herself

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How do I support my step-daughter in learning to love herself?

For as long as I can remember, I only wanted a son. So, I never gave much thought as to what it would mean to raise a girl. This changed when I met my husband. He was very clear about the role his daughter played in his life; he wanted to be with someone who not only loved him but also loved his daughter. It was one of the things that led me to fall in love with him. He treats us both with respect and is showing my step-daughter what to look for in a quality man when she is ready. My role, however, is slightly different. Read more

5 Ways to Model Self-Acceptance for Your Kids

5 Ways to Model Self-Acceptance for Your Kids

My kids know that their mother is silly and quirky. I own and state this often. I model self-acceptance often.
Why?
I am notorious for tripping over myself. They see these things, and I name it for them. It is who I. I embrace it so that they, in turn, can embrace who they are.

It is so easy to become embarrassed over situations that are outside our comfort zones. To worry non-stop about something we said last week, or forgot our wallet at home. When we embrace these moments of less than perfectness, we send the message that accidents happen, we learn from them, maybe laugh a little and move forward with our lives. Read more