My dear friend and an absolutely inspiring woman is on a journey to educate and empower women. Will you help her out?
Hello, all! My apologies for the delay. A Cliffnotes update on what I’ve been up to:
- Returned from Costa Rica
- Started working with AMAZING new private and group clients (to add yourself to the list, click here)
- Got in a yucky biking accident (wear your helmets please!)
- Began coaching & wellness programming for local business and their employees
- Have missed blogging TERRIBLY in the meantime!
But I’m back at it and couldn’t wait another moment to share with you the story of my beautiful and inspiring friend, Jillie, and her non-profit organization Love Letters to Yourself.
Let’s take a look at what she has to say:
Love Letters to Yourself is a project that was started when I was struggling with my own journey to find self-love. After my parents divorce, my world was turned upside down and I was sent on a journey to define what love meant to me. During this time, I found self-love. After I graduated from college, I had all the dreams and hopes to get my dream job, buy a house, travel the world, and make a difference…all within 1-2 years after graduating. Well, a year after graduation, I was still at home, living with my mom, hating my job, and feeling like I had no purpose or worth. I was at a low point in my life. At this point, I just wanted someone to tell me they loved me. I wanted someone to write me a love letter saying they love me, they are never going to leave, and they love me unconditionally.
Why must this flower tell me my worth?
But, I soon realized that this letter would suffice for a day or two and then I would want someone else to write me a love letter because the other one would no longer be good enough. I felt this way because
I didn’t love myself. I wasn’t enough.
So, I decided to write myself a love letter.
This action changed my life.
I made the commitment to myself to love myself no matter what I did, what I said, or how I handled something. I forgave myself for past actions and mistakes I had made. I gave myself patience and understanding, things I gave to others thousands of others, but never thought to give to myself.
Why is self-love important? You cannot love anyone until you love yourself. And, no one’s love will be good enough until your love is good enough. We spend our lives trying to get others love and approval. But, what we are truly looking for is our own approval. You don’t have to change, conform, or sacrifice who you are or what you believe in. You are enough and once you realize that, all other’s love and approval are just a bonus.
Society creates these expectations, regulations, or standards of love. What love is supposed to look like, who we are supposed to love, and how we are supposed to love. But, we are the only ones who truly know the type of love we need. So, this letter doesn’t have to be a letter. It can be a poem, song, picture, painting, collage, or five pages, or two sentences. The only important things you keep in mind are that it is genuine, and it resonates with you. This will be the most important letter you write in life. Once you write this letter, it is not over. This journey of self-love is long one. It is something you will encounter every day, but overtime it gets easier. This love cannot leave in the middle of the night or decide to fade away one day. This love is unconditional and worthy of your attention.
So, take a chance on you
. Write a love letter to yourself. I am collecting copies of these love letters to compile a book and use the profits to support women’s empowerment organizations, send girls to school, and take this message globally. I would love your help and support with my mission. Please check out my blog for more guidance and help,loveletterstoyourself.wordpress.com
With gratitude and love,