When I started this blog, I had a few things in mind that I wanted to accomplish. The “Happy” part of HappyPrettyBlog is twofold. Writing is a great outlet for me and makes me happy as a result. Not only that, but I wanted to talk about and encourage people to find their happiness and joy in life by sharing my experiences and ideas. That’s not to say that I’m always happy, I have my bad days too. But I like to think I’ve come to a point in my life where I can generally put a positive spin on things and not wallow in self pity all the time.
One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that you have to learn to love yourself first, flaws and all, above all else to put yourself on the road to contentment. Sometimes it might feel like the whole world is out to get you. I promise you, it’s not. Every day isn’t going to start with you standing in front of the mirror telling yourself how awesome you are. At least that’s not how my days start! Some days you’ll wish that you are different in one way or another but in general, try to at least accept yourself and know that there are some things that you can change if you try. It’s not easy to go from self loathing to self acceptance and it certainly won’t happen over night. I’ve gone through times in my life where I thought I was pretty okay then I came to realize that I didn’t like who I was being at all. When you’re so deep into something, it might be hard to see how things really are. Success and happiness can mean different things to different people. Maybe for you it’s a particular job you aspire to have, you want to be in a loving relationship, you want to lose 10 lbs. Before you can truly be happy by achieving any of those things, you should be able to look at yourself and say “It would be awesome if I got that job/got married/ lost 10 lbs but I’m pretty awesome now and it can only get better from here!” You’re not going to land your dream job if you go into the interview with a self defeating attitude that they’re going to hate you and you’ll be an unemployed bum forever. You’ll never meet the partner of your dreams if you don’t respect yourself enough to know how you deserve to be treated. And you’ll never be satisfied to lose 10 lbs if you can never accept yourself just as you are. Accepting and loving yourself doesn’t mean settling for what you’ve got and never wanting to change, it just means that you know you are good enough and you know you have what it takes to make yourself even better!
Could you love yourself a bit better than you are doing now? You might want to try this simple exercise daily for a while to get yourself on track! If you currently write some sort of journal or diary, (if you don’t, start now!) start a list each day of 3 things that you really liked about yourself that day. At first it will be hard to think of things to write, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll get the hang of it and realize that there are a lot of great things about being YOU!
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