Happy New Year LLMD readers. Many of us have entered 2017 with a list of new resolutions, commitments, and visions for the year. This is a wonderful thing but I have a suggestion for you….As you write down “The Things of New” make sure that you follow the instructions of the photo quote and add self-love to your list of things to do this year.
As I reflect on 2016, I think of all that occurred throughout the year. The challenges and conflicts that made me wiser and stronger. I think of the balancing act as a divorced mom of 4, working, and learning to prioritize time for myself. The daily duties of work and taking care of my children is given; it is what I was created to do and what I do best but the thought of making myself a priority was foreign. There is no greater love than sacrifice for others but what sacrifice can sometimes do is cause one to become a prisoner of appeasing others or wanting to supersede expectations out of love. What 2016 taught me was that it is ok to say yes to me. My self love journey began when I created the lifelovemarriagedivorce blog and I am extremely proud to celebrate 1 year as a blogger with you. My definition of self love is removing fear in order to be vulnerable and authentic, this was the best priority gift I gave myself. Self love is also the ability to be honest about your current situation and realize that it’s up to you to change the trajectory of your path, especially if that path isn’t leading you in the direction that uplifts, encourages, or helps you to reach your highest good. In addition, self love includes forgiveness of yourself and others.
I encourage you to be bold by loving yourself in 2017, refuse to put up with things that don’t feel right or restrict the joy you seek- because as they say “if it looks and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck”- so stop trying to make that duck of a situation look like a cute little puppy! What I am saying is to be honest when it comes to loving and taking time for yourself because if you don’t love yourself correctly, you welcome others in to your life to do the same. I encourage you to make a commitment to prioritize yourself in 2017 and do the things that you desire most. This year refuse to put yourself on the back burner! I look forward to hearing your testimonies of self love because other than the Lord, who can love you better than yourself? Here’s to you prioritizing yourself so that others will follow!
Until the Next Blog,
Blessings & Love