Saturday, 27 October 2018

Stepping OUt Challenge - Day 27 - I Love You Today Because.....





Welcome to today's post, I am taking part in a 31 day blog challenge where I post everyday in October.  I love creating challenges for myself and joining ones by others.  My challenge for the rest of the month is to reflect on some of the series I created for myself and inspiration that I have taken away.

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When was the last time you looked at yourself, I mean really looked and saw your reflection?  Not the fleeting moment between brushing your teeth and rushing to get ready making sure you get the glance in to fix the top of your hair.  When was the last time you stood and looked in the mirror and just stared at yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet, and really saw who you are?



I did the ‘I love you today Series’ to recognise that we need to start loving and seeing our true selves more.  We ignore who we really are seeing ourselves though the lens of others, or how we think others see us.  Our existence wrapped up into a series of roles and services.  


We can be the first to put ourselves down with our comments of being useless, clumsy, stupid and a range of other words I have heard people say about themselves.  When someone makes a positive comment about you, you are the first to dismiss it, or tell them how old a thing is when they complement you on an item of clothing.  You think they can’t possibly be talking about ‘me’ someone who looks and sounds like me but isn’t


You have disregarded yourself so much that you begin to blend into your surroundings you don’t see the impact you might make, you brush it off as ‘oh everyone does it’ and you secretly put yourself down, you don’t openly but in the corners of your mind – right at the back – you often say something unkind about yourself.

I created the challenge as a reminder one year around the time of Valentine’s Day as we declare our love for someone else.  We can’t forget to show love to ourselves and think about the things that we love about ourselves rather than the daily ‘put downs’



I love you today because…..

 I also created a series of simple sketches and coupled these together with the challenge.  I was doing something for me.  This was something that I had not done for a long time, just sit and create a sketch either from memory or a photo.  Overall, it’s all part of being mindful as I sketched, reminding myself of why I matter and what I was grateful for. 


As you think about your life be reminded that without you many things would not happen and the world would be a cloudier place.  Sometimes we surround ourselves with so much noise we can’t hear ourselves think and we drown out our inner voice, our inner guide and wonder until something happens and we have to make a decision, a life decision and we realise we’ve been walking around on automatic. 

I love you today....not for what you do, but for who you are!

  


Think about the things that you love about yourself that you are grateful for, and if you have been following the series you will have seen the gratitude’s post where you write down daily 3 things that you are grateful for
5 things you love doing and make time to do them.

Tomorrow I will talk about my Memories from Home Series.  I hope during this month you find some time to challenge, be creative and stretch yourself.

    Why not join me each day for the rest of October as we dive into to some exciting challenges and look at ways in which they can impact on your own life. 

    I look forward to seeing you tomorrow, it is never too late to start! The main thing is to take one step at a time and do something that you find interesting.

    Stay blessed and be a blessing.

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