When my boys wake up in the morning, the first thing I tell them is, “Good Morning, Handsome!”
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is look in the mirror and pat my belly – hoping for it to be flatter and more toned.
When I am getting the boys ready for the day, I ruffle their hair. I tell them how much I love their chocolate brown or sun-streaked hair … depending on whether it is summer or winter!
When I am brushing my hair, I count the strands on the brush. And if my husband is home I ask, “Am I going bald? Am I losing too much hair? Is this a bald spot?
When I sit across from my husband or my boys, I look in their eyes. I tell my husband he has such pretty gray eyes. My oldest has the prettiest hazel eyes. My youngest has beautiful, big brown eyes.
Yet, when I look in the mirror at my own eyes, I see the wrinkles around them from too many smiles and too much sun.
And then one day, when complaining to my husband about my “fat” thighs and small breasts I realized – Damn, I am HARD on myself. I love my husband and my boys so much. I don’t hold back compliments – they come pouring out of my mouth for them. I can give them a heart-felt compliment on almost anything and really mean it with all my heart. But it sure didn’t seem like I like myself much. And if I don’t like me, how can I expect my husband to like me. Here I am, just pointing out all my faults. Faults he didn’t even see – but if I keep talking about them, he might realize that my pores are too big and my feet do look like a vampire’s. (Yes, that’s a real complaint from me) Or maybe he will just realize that I am very very very insecure and I don’t love myself the way he does.
Either way, I decided that for the month of February I was going to be my own Valentine. I was going to remind myself every day how much I love me and how awesome I really am. I AM NOT GOING TO INSULT MYSELF ALL MONTH LONG. And I will compliment myself daily. And I know I am not alone in this. I am sure other women feel the same when they look in the mirror. Loving others but barely loving their reflection. So I am inviting all y’all to Love Thighself too.
I mentioned this awesome idea to Denise of RUNDMT and she was all about it – she came up with the awesome name! (THANK YOU, CLEVER GIRL!) And she is going to be doing weekly posts too! And this is how everyone can play along in the month of February and be your own Valentine.
IDEA 1: Every day try to share something POSITIVE about yourself. Try to come up with something different every day – 28 compliments! Amazing, right? And share these positive thoughts however you are comfortable.
- on your Twitter why you rock (Tag @theMomBuzz and @RunDMT and use #LoveThighself)
- On Instagram share a picture of your beautiful self and/or accomplishments (Tag @speak2erin and @run_DMT and use #LoveThighself)
- On Facebook share a picture or why you are amazing! (yours or my page – Tag @theMomBuzz and @RunDMT and use #LoveThighself). You can also join our LoveThighself Event on Facebook!
- On Tumblr share a picture of your beautiful self and/or accomplishments(Tag @theMomBuzz and use #LoveThighself)
- Heck, make a Pinterest Board about loving yourself! Pin an accomplishment, a picture, whatever! (Use #LoveThighself)
- You can even leave a simple comment below telling how you love yourself for the day
- And you can also do a big ol’ squishy blog post about how awesome you are! (If you do, please link to theMomBuzz and RunDMT so others can be inspired too!)
IDEA 2: Support each other. I am inviting everyone to leave their linkies below of whatever/however their shared their #LOVETHIGHSELF. Feel free to visit eachother and leave likes, hearts, and positive comments! So BOOKMARK or PIN THIS PAGE.
CONTEST: Because we are celebrating for the month of February and I am inviting everyone to be their own Valentine – I HAVE to do a little give-away. I rock like that. So for every daily #LoveThighself you complete, you get an entry to win a $50 Hallmark gift card. The winner is going to be chosen randomly from either the comments or the linkies. So if you visit someone to give them kind words or likes, please leave a little comment below so we know. Also, if you joined our Love Thighself Facebook Event, that can count as an entry too. So leave your Facebook Name below and let me know you joined! And anything NICE about yourself you post there will count as an entry.
And be on the lookout for more posts for inspiration @theMomBuzz. We’ll do daily tweets, Facebook posts and posts on Thursdays throughout February!