I always make New Year’s resolutions and like most people I usually fail to keep them. They cover all the highlights – eat healthy every day, never procrastinate, wake up at 6 AM without fail, exercise 5 days a week, etc. I’ll be honest – I give it a good try, starting out with a whole lot of steam, and make it until the second or third week of February before I throw in the towel and go back to my usual habits. But this year started out somewhat differently, three short days into the New Year, I was looking down at my list of resolutions and realized that I really only needed one. An important one. I needed to learn to love myself.
Now I realize this may sound like a silly goal. What does it even mean? To me, it means treating myself with more kindness, finding fewer faults, forgiving myself faster when I make a mistake, being gentler in my criticisms, empowering myself to make changes to live a better life. Life and society expect a lot out of us as women, as daughters, as business owners, as mothers, as caregivers, as wives, as employees. We expect much from ourselves and sometimes we expect more than we have to give. So this year give yourself the gift of love. Self-love. Treat yourself with more kindness, more dignity, more respect. Resolve to be faster to forgive and slower to find fault. Empower yourself to take charge and know when you’ve given enough. Take the time to remember how to love you. Give yourself the gift of love.