Happy Friday. Can you believe it? I made an entire week following my blogging schedule. I’m actually really proud of such a minor accomplishment.
Today’s post is going to be a little bit different. I was inspired by the lovely Lifestyle For Your Eyes and their post Wanting Merchandise. The post talked a little about comparison and self-appreciation, and it really got me thinking. Especially lately, I’ve found it hard not to compare myself to others. I’ve learned that the more that you constantly compare yourself to others, the more you learn to hate the things you once loved about yourself. It’s no longer “good enough.” Essentially, comparing yourselves to others is one of the worst things you can do.
It’s very difficult not to compare yourself. I do it all the time, mostly without even thinking twice. I always see someone walk by and I think, “Wow, I wish my hair was as nice as hers,” or “I wish my makeup would come out that flawlessly,” and instead of just enjoying the other girl’s beauty and skills, I start to feel very self-conscious of my hair and makeup that day and I start to feel like everyone is wondering why my hair looks so weird, or why my makeup isn’t blended in enough (and it definitely is, I check it like, a million times before I leave. Nothing worse than unblended makeup).
I don’t know very many people who haven’t ever felt these feelings before, but sometimes I feel them on a higher level than normal. I do appreciate her hair and her makeup, of course, but it’s hard for me to appreciate them without despising my own. I feel like it’s ingrained in us, that feeling like we aren’t good enough or pretty enough. Like I said, I know plenty of people who share the same thoughts. That’s why it’s so ridiculously important (yet still difficult) to practice self love and self appreciation.
I know that sometimes it can feel a bit silly or arrogant to think how great you are or how good you look, but it’s important. It doesn’t matter if you appear full of yourself if you know how to appreciate yourself for the qualities you do have. I really like this picture, because I feel like it can be really helpful. If you’re having trouble thinking of something to compliment yourself on, just think of this. You’re good news.
There are a million people out there who appreciate your millions of traits in a million different ways, but it honestly doesn’t matter. The most important thing is that you’re confident in yourself and when you are, you appear confident to others. I’ve seen a quote before that goes, “How can others love you when you don’t even love yourself?” And I feel like this quote is super important. It’s very important not to rely solely on the approval of others, and rather only on the approval of yourself. Do you like who you are? If the answer is yes, the rest does not matter. It really doesn’t matter how your hair or makeup looks today. If you know that you’re great, others will as well.
I know that this post was a little different, but I really did want to talk about it. I’m still working myself on practicing self love and appreciation, and let me tell you, it takes a LOT of time and consistency, but it’s worth it, really.
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See you again Monday.
UPDATE: As of now, March 17 at 3:45 p.m., I have hit 100 followers! This is totally insane, since I’ve only had this blog for a few weeks. I never expected to meet such wonderful people. You all are good news!