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Embrace your shine with self-love



Today, I want to dive deep into the ocean of self-love – what it means, why it's crucial, and how we can all learn to embrace our own shine. So grab a cup of tea, cozy up, and let's get real about the most important relationship you'll ever have – the one with yourself.

 

First things first, let's debunk a common misconception. Self-love isn’t about vanity or arrogance. It's not about thinking you're better than anyone else or plastering on a fake smile to hide your insecurities. Nah, self-love is about something much deeper – it's about recognizing your worth, honouring your truth, and treating yourself with the kindness and compassion you deserve.

 

Whether your self-love looks like morning affirmations or midnight dance parties, meditation sessions or luxury shopping, being a foodie, spa days, travelling or long walks in nature, know there’s no right or wrong way to love yourself! Self-love can also look like accountability, having an enlightening convo with yourself, working on your goals, building your relationship with God, or whatever action keeps your mind, body, and soul aligned and energized. It’s looking in the mirror and smiling back, giving yourself flowers; it’s the ability to laugh at yourself and receive GRACE!

 

The only thing that matters is that you do it – fiercely, unapologetically, and authentically. Never forget that you are worthy of love – from yourself and the world around you.

 

I know self-love isn’t always easy for some. Learning to love ourselves can feel like swimming upstream in a raging river. We're taught to nitpick our flaws, criticize our imperfections, and constantly strive for some unattainable idea of perfection. But let me tell you something straight from the heart: you are already enough, just as you are.

 

Self-love is about embracing every part of yourself – the good, the bad, and the beautifully messy. It's about celebrating your strengths, acknowledging your weaknesses, and understanding that you are a work in progress, and that's perfectly okay. It's about setting boundaries, saying no when needed, and prioritizing your well-being.Perhaps most importantly, self-love is about reclaiming your power. It's about recognizing that your worth is not determined by external validation or the opinions of others. It's about trusting your intuition, following your heart, and refusing to dim your light for anyone else. When you love yourself unapologetically, you give others permission to do the same.


So, how do we cultivate this radical self-love? It starts with small acts of kindness – towards ourselves. It's about practicing self-care, setting aside time for things that bring us joy, and treating ourselves with the same compassion we would offer to a dear friend. It's about speaking to ourselves with love and tenderness, even when our world feels chaotic and unkind.

 

Toni Morrison once said, "You are your best thing." These words are a powerful reminder that our worth is not defined by external validation or the opinions of others. It's not about what we do or how much we achieve – it's about who we are at our core, the essence of our being that shines brightly regardless of circumstance. So, let's embrace our shine, love ourselves fiercely and unapologetically, and never forget that we are enough, just as we are.  Thus, the most influential act of self-love is simply choosing to show up for yourself daily. It's about acknowledging your worth, embracing your uniqueness, and standing tall in your truth, no matter what life throws your way. Because when you love yourself fiercely and unapologetically, you become a force to be reckoned with – a beacon of light in a world that desperately needs more love, kindness, and authenticity.

 

 Love always,


Keneisha

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