Wordful Wednesday: Things I like About Me

by Elena on July 5, 2011 in All About Me,Things I like about Me

Things I like about Me

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I am my very own worst enemy.

It is true. I don’t know about any of you, but I can find something to criticize about myself any day of the week. I have been working on being kinder to myself, focusing on how to reclaim myself on the inside and out, and yet….deep down, I still feel it. Those infected roots that are full of self doubt ready to spring up like weeds for attack.

After reading a post by The Empress last week called “Do We Have to Be Perfect to Accept Ourselves” I realized it was time to attack the weeds at their roots.  With all of our might, with all of our power, it is time to really, truly, celebrate who we are.

And so an idea was born.  The idea of making a list.  A powerful list. A list with no self deprecating sarcasm. A list of love.

This list, will be “Things I like About ME.”  The powerful part of this list is that we are going to storm the blogosphere….me, The Empress, and hopefully all of you, with our own lists. Next Monday, July 11th, I will host a link up right here on C.Mom where I hope you will all join in to celebrate, to love, to list all the wonderful things about ourselves.

 

Things I like about Me

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So please, get your list powers ready. Take a gentle and loving look at yourself and at your life. During a season where we tend to be even more critical of our own bodies, look beyond the basics.  What do you like about yourself? Is it your hair? Your smile? Your ability to listen to a friend? Your amazing recipe for brownies?  It does not matter how inconsequential your things might seem…this is all about appreciating, about admiring parts of ourselves, about believing that we deserve to feel good about ourselves.

Can’t wait to start my list….and to celebrate ourselves with all of you!

xo

Elena

 

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Galit Breen July 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Wonderful Elena and sweet Empress- this is wonderful! Truly! XO

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Elena July 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Thank you my sweet friend. The Empress was so kind to let me take her idea and run with it! She is amazing!!

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By Word of Mouth Musings July 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

You go girl … you are all reclaiming the WORLD – on a HUGE scale!

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Stephanie July 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Love this idea! Will be honest though, I will have a very hard time thinking of something :(

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Elena July 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm

You my friend are lovely in so many ways. It being hard is why we are doing it–because we do not do it enough! xo

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Sherri July 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Oh, I love this! Came over here from Twitter…I loved Alexandra’s post and love that it spawned this idea!

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Elena July 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm

She wrote such a powerful post—I literally had the brainstorm immediately and reached out to see if she would be ok with it. Alexandra is all kinds of fabulous! I hope you will link up!

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Dumb Mom July 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm

What a great idea, Elena! This is exactly what Mom Awesome is all about. Loving yourself and living your awesome! I had to go on a TV show and cry like a big ole baby to figure it out, but I can honestly say that I feel so much better about myself and my life since I did! Great idea!

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Elena July 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Thanks Amanda! (though for the record, you rocked the show in so many ways!!). I hope you will think about joining in!

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Alexandra July 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

You made this into something bigger than I ever could have.

Thank you, from the bottom of my grateful heart, for this.

THANK YOU.

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Elena July 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

That is so kind of you to say. Your words hit me at just the right moment. I needed them, like I need this list. I can’t wait to see the positiveness that spreads through everyone’s posts next week. xo

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Cheryl @ Mommypants July 6, 2011 at 12:08 am

Such a lovely idea!

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Elena July 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

Thanks Cheryl! I hope you will consider linking up!

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Good Girl Gone Green July 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

Yes, you are enough! Great idea and I love my smile!

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Leighann July 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

how long will your linky be open?

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Jackie July 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

What a great idea! I have this noted so I can remember to write my list and link up!

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Pamela Gold July 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

What a fresh new idea!!

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Jane of Australia July 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I’m in!

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Feyella @ Parenting .. smh July 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

This is such a great and powerful idea. As simple as it may seem, I know how difficult this is for a lot of us. Finding fault is the easiest thing to do, but it takes real strength to look passed the flaws and embrace the good and positive. Rock on!

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Karen @ Time Crafted July 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

So great that you are weeding out the negative and reclaiming yourself…beautifully!

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Alison@Mama Wants This July 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

What a great idea! I confess – I will probably have a slightly difficult time with this :) How long will the linky be open for?

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Elena July 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

It will be open for a week. And the fact that it will be hard is why we are doing it. We are so good at listing things that we would like to improve. I am hoping this is just the start for many of us to remember the positives about ourselves! :)

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Jackie July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

Great idea!! Will work on my list!

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Elena July 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

Great! I can’t wait to read it!

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Jessica McFadden - A Parent in Silver Spring July 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

This is such an important concept. Just today I was wanting to crawl into a hole of self-loathing. I’m a poor writer, I’m so fat after the baby, I’m effing up the kids, I should be doing moremoremore on all work fronts.

How lame!

You are so right. I need to celebrate myself so I can freaking FORGET myself and focus on others.

Thank you.

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Elena July 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Absolutely Jessica!! I think you rock, but until you believe that and celebrate that for yourself, my telling you that does not mean much. Hope you will participate.

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Rhonda July 10, 2011 at 6:49 am

Great idea. I think I am going to have my kids do a list too. Get them focused as tweens and teens about what they like about themselves. I know, I am late to read this , but I am here now.

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Elena July 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

That would be fantastic!!! I love the idea of having your kids do it as well. And actually…that gives me an idea for a future link up! Wouldn’t it be great (and insightful) to hear what our children think? I will absolutely give you credit if I do end up doing it.

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Linda Carmical July 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

This is such a thoughtful idea. I have to tell you, there was a point in my life when I realized I had no right to think anyone would like me (or love me for that matter). It was something I felt my entire life, but it didn’t “verbalize” itself to me until I was in my 30′s. It was like an epiphany for me. That’s a dangerous place for a person to be in, for their mental state and safety. I had a really hard time pulling myself out it, but I did.

I think what you’re doing here is one of the most humane and kind things a person can do. You’re reminding people to be thankful for and appreciate all the qualities they have to share with others. Loving yourself lets you truly love others.

Now, hopefully I’ll be able to come up with my list. ;)

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