Self-love Works Wonders!

13401107_10154146194602348_1222152775_nI’ve toyed with the idea of sharing this again but it is a really important part of my journey and why I do what I do.

I’ve been on my self-love journey for a little over three years now and it has indeed been a journey. I hadn’t appreciated it as much as I could have done until I came across on old photo on Facebook memories.

I remember that photo being taken on the left, at my favourite event, wearing a top that I loved and feeling proud of myself for having been able to look directly at the camera and smile in the first place.

For a long time I hadn’t even been able to look at myself in the mirror. I couldn’t make eye contact with myself, I didn’t like what I saw and I avoided taking photos for the same reason.

When I look at the photos from back then to now, it is more than apparent that I have undergone a transformation. I wear red lipstick now but it’s more than that. I take better care of my hair and it looks healthy now but it’s more than that. I eat more fruit now than I ever did but my transformation is more than that. It’s more than what I look like.

12924472_10153977763607348_215274501768679697_nI wouldn’t say I was ever ugly, I don’t think anyone is. I think beauty really is in the eye of the beholder but for me when I looked in the mirror I couldn’t see it for a long time. I saw something ugly and repulsive and I couldn’t take it. I didn’t see me, I saw somebody I didn’t even know.

In the last three years I’ve learned that the ugliness I was seeing instead was actually unhappiness. I was unhappy with myself, my life and the unhealthy situations I had found myself in. I was unhappy and I felt powerless to change. I didn’t know I could change my life. I didn’t love myself but I didn’t know I needed to in order to fulfil my full potential.

What you see now is not a woman who wears loads more make up, who has had plastic surgery or botox, or a woman who enrolled on a heavy gym regime or diet plan.

What you see now is a woman who can truly say she loves herself and it shows because I glow. I glow because I am happy with me, I am happy with my life and the people in it.

I had to learn to address and accept my past, forgive myself for my present and allow myself room to grow and take action to be the woman I knew my mum would be proud of.

PROJECT YOU June posterBut this lesson wasn’t just for me to keep. I wanted to share it and so I started Project You and we’re holding an event this Saturday in Birmingham. Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/24h2eJG

We can post positive quotes all day long but the real impact is made when we bring the movement to the people. So join us. Embark on your self-love journey. Give yourself the time, love and energy you give to others. Because you are worth your effort.

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