A few years ago, I was inspired by a fellow blogger to start a series that encourages friends and family to write down things they love about themselves.
We often find it too easy to criticize or put ourselves down, whether it be in an attempt to be funny or relatable, or as a side effect of comparison. On the flip side, we rarely, if ever, actively look for things we love about ourselves, and if we do, it is even more taboo to state those things out loud (or write them down for others to read.)
But I’ve now made it a tradition to ask friends and family to take this challenge. To sit down, bask in all of their wonderful, and then share it with others. So, in this third installment of the I Love Me series, allow me to introduce you to some incredible women.
I love the way I love others. I always try to please/help everyone and put others before myself.
I love that I am athletic and competitive, but also a good sport.
I love my confidence and my ability not to care what others think, even when I’m my own worst critic. I love that I can laugh at myself.
I love that I am weird and I can embrace my weird wherever I go.
I love that I am hardworking. I am ready to take on any challenge and I am always ready to go above and beyond in anything that I do.
I love how much I care for others and animals. I have so much compassion and empathy for others.
I love that I am discerning. I make careful choices and do what’s best for me and those around me. I always try to do the right thing.
I love how authentic I am. I am the same me with everyone around. I love that I don’t compromise myself, my wants, or needs for anyone else.
I love how loyal I am. I’m the friend you call at 3:00 a.m. to drive you to the airport or ask to say let’s bury a body. I am consistent and committed to those I love, even my long-distance friends. I am always ready to pick up where we left off.
I love that I am a nerd. I love learning new things. I love videogames, fantasy and sci-fi. If we could sit on the couch and watch Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter all weekend I’d be in my happy place.
I love how strong I am. I am strong mentally (or stubborn lol), physically (despite my size), and emotionally (I can handle far more than I think I’m capable of.)
I love who I am overall. My demeanor, my mannerisms, and my values. I know it’s not all me: it’s my family, my friends, and my experiences I’ve picked up along the way. You can’t figure me out with one glance and I think that’s special. I love that I’m unique. I love the things that have contributed to the me I am today—good or bad.
I want to love more things about myself, but I don’t feel I am there yet and that’s okay. I am a work in progress, and working on loving myself in all aspects. But for now, it’s good enough. I am good enough, and I love that for me.
I love my sense of humor and that my husband always gets my jokes.
I love that I get to care for a little man and be his guide for the future.
I love that I am becoming a morning person slowly but surely.
I love that I get to help people everyday.
I love that I learned to make the recipes my mother-in-law shared with me.
I love that I can find something in common with anyone.
I love my sense of style (which I learned from the most stylish person I know who I am lucky enough to call mom)
I love my smile. I feel like a smile can truly make a difference in a person’s day and I am eager to share mine with the world!
I love that I am adventurous! I find great joy in my time spent outdoors every week and live a happier, healthier life because of it! I love that I am (relatively) unafraid and am willing to challenge myself.
I love that I am a caregiver. I love that I can have an impact on a person’s wellbeing through my work and that I can be the healer and ally that they need through their rehabilitation.
I love my sincerity. I love that I am genuine in my relationships and make an honest effort to grow in friendship with both friends and family.
I love my relationship with God. It is forever growing and changing, but I love that I now spend quiet time each day reflecting and praying to Him.
I love that I’m passionate about the things I care most about.
I love that I am discerning and have chosen a solid support group of friends.
I love that I’ve given myself permission to not always be good at things but to do them simply because they bring me joy such as painting, embroidery, and planting.
I love that I can recognize my own wrong doings and ask others for forgiveness.
I love that I cheer on people while they accomplish their dreams. It brings me such happiness to see people doing their thing.
You can read the last edition of this series here.