By Macaile Hutt
Wake up in the morning, walk into the bathroom, flip on the light… and let the attack begin. There you are, five minutes into your morning, and you’re already experiencing a full-blown, no holds barred attack. Negative self-talk thoughts, observations, and even blatant call-outs regarding the person in the mirror staring back at you.
You’re fat, you’re bloated, you definitely didn’t make any progress since yesterday.
What a way to start the morning. You haven’t even had your first cup of coffee and you’re already facing an entire army of self-loathing minions. Well, here I am, armed with minion repellant and a slew of self-loving fairies to tell that reflection exactly what it deserves to hear.
You are beautiful.
Every single teeny, tiny fiber of your being is beautifully and wonderfully made.
You are flawed, imperfect, and unique…and that’s okay.
In fact, without flaws and imperfections, we would all be boring photocopied robots with nothing new to offer one another. Our flaws give us opportunities to relate with one another, learn unconditional love, and find ways to better ourselves throughout our journey of self-exploration.
You are deserving of every bit of love you have to offer.
The best place to practice love is on oneself. How do we expect to give our love to another if we’ve never really learned how to give love to ourselves first? Self-love is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling, and satisfying forms of love there is. Everything we do comes from a place of either fear or love, and oftentimes we choose to approach our own bodies, minds, and spirits out of a place of fear. Banish that fear by telling yourself each and every morning that you are worthy of your own love. You are worthy of all of the love the universe has to offer. The minute you say this phrase out loud, your fear will vanish. And the minute you learn to believe it, your life will be completely transformed.
Your body deserves a “thank you” every so often.
Thank you for carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders, thank you for giving me a pair of legs to plant firmly on solid ground, and thank you for giving me a head with the ability to get lost in a daydream. Thank you for giving me a stomach capable of being filled with butterflies at a moment’s notice, and thank you for giving me the ability to feel the touch of a loved one that causes me to become weak in the knees. Thank you for putting up with all of my constant demands, requirements, and expectations. Thank you for giving me eyes to see the best in all situations, ears to hear the laughter of an innocent child or a bird’s chirp-filled song on a sleepy weekend morning, and a mouth to practice talking to myself the way I would someone I love.
YOU deserve a “thank you” every once in a while, too.
You do a lot.
You juggle all of your daily tasks and responsibilities, all the while trying to be the best friend and family member that you can. You try your hardest to keep a good attitude and have faith that everything is working out exactly as it should.
Life is tough, but you are tougher.
Thanks, self. Thank you for being so freakin’ awesome.
You may not be where you want to be, but that’s no reason you can’t be happy right where you are.
All too often, we fall into a mentality that “we will be happy when…”
I’ll be happy when I lose 10 pounds, I’ll be happy when I land that job, I’ll be happy when I fall in love.
The problem with this is there’s always another situation to add after the “when.” Rather than place your happiness on a later date, why not allow yourself to be happy right now? Right this very moment, incomplete, not-quite-there-yet, diamond in the rough, now.
Happiness is a choice. Happiness is a mindset. Your happiness is ultimately in your total control. Setting goals is wonderful and having aspirations is what keeps me going half the time, but allowing yourself to be happy throughout the process is what makes the ride worthwhile.
Keep your eyes forward, but don’t forget how far you’ve already come.
You are on the path to greatness. You are destined to do wonderful and amazing things. But don’t sell yourself short. You are already great. You have already done wonderful and amazing things. Don’t get so focused on the future that you fail to remember your past and how far you’ve already come.
are beautiful. You are strong. You are worth it. You are loved.
Macaile Hutt is an occupational therapist in Boise, as well as a writer and contributor for The Sensory Project. Her therapy style takes a holistic and child-directed approach, with the goal of children succeeding across multiple environments. She holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy from A.T. Still University and has received continuing education in Handwriting Without Tears, pediatric kinesiotaping, Interactive Metronome, and Beckman Oral Motor. She is co-owner of the company Human Code, a candle and retail company with a larger purpose of promoting kindness and generosity. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, backpacking, and traveling.