Respecting Myself


Own Your Beauty is a groundbreaking, year-long movement bringing women together to change the conversation about what beauty means. Our mission: to encourage and remind grown women that it is never too late to learn to love one's self and influence the lives of those around us - our mothers, friends, children, neighbors. We can shift our minds and hearts and change the path we follow in the pursuit of authentic beauty.

The thoughts began sometime after I saw a question from a friend on twitter. It resonated with me and I just felt like I had to answer it... if nothing else to maybe discover that I really did respect myself -- and my accomplishments.

The more I thought about this question over the last few days... the more I wondered if I really do respect myself. I know the accomplishments that I've achieved through work and in my weight loss journey... as well as the many things that I've crossed of my {now former} bucket list and {current} 101 things to do in 1001 days list.

Through this I've achieved a lot of things... but do I really respect myself?

heido73I think this is a question I've been battling for many months... or rather years... now. One that started well before losing weight began, but now that I've achieved this -- and am trying to still figure out and take this journey to find who I really am and what my purpose here is on the earth -- I wonder if that's the key to finding the key to the whole "what is this life all about" question.

Oh wait. I'm sure it's the key. Or at least the key to keeping the weight off.

I have dozens of books to help guide me through into this journey... but yet I don't pick them up. Don't read them. Is it the fear of actually finding out that there is something bigger -- deeper perhaps -- wrong with me? Or maybe I'm simply living my life depending on others for the respect that I long to give myself in my life.

Over the last few days... from being not motivated to feeling like a failure in some things... I've come to figure out (mainly from my friends that read and comment) that maybe I'm pushing myself too hard and not relaxing enough. Maybe I need to simply let myself rest and pick up once again when I'm ready.

I'm almost beginning to believe (but not quite ready to accept) that this is might be a phase in my life where I simply need to "let go" and rest. To not worry so much about the weight loss or the to do list or the cleaning that needs to be done... because eventually it will all come together.

But maybe I'm to rest... to relax... so that I can discover who I am and see how much I really deserve to respect myself -- not only in what I've achieved, but in who I am.

When did you start respecting yourself?

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~~ Julie ~~


Photo Credit: Heidi of Me As A Mother.


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