Thoughts By Natalie

treasure yourself.

Today I’m blogging about self-acceptance and self-love over at Know Your Value. You can read my post over there, or read it in full below. Enjoy!

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A few weeks ago, guest blogger Catherine Galbraith discussed the Golden Rule from a different perspective: loving ourself the way we love others. In essence, she reminded us to treasure ourselves as we are instructed by God to treasure others.

I personally relate to her struggle, as I find it easier to speak kindly to others rather than use positive language about myself in my mind. I’m quick to insult and dwell on my failings, when I know if someone else was in the same position I would encourage them in their strengths instead. I often choose to see what’s not right about me rather than celebrate all that’s good and fabulous. Why is this?

Treasure yourself is a true challenge to me, and I have a feeling it might be for a lot of you girls as well. Difficult as it would be, what might it look like to live out the challenge those two words present?

For me, it would be pretty much doing the opposite of what I’m doing now. I would acknowledge my shortcomings, but cherish my gifts. I would accept my body’s natural shape rather than criticize it for not looking like someone else’s. I would treat myself to rest and quiet time and a latte on a tough day, because that’s exactly what I would do for someone I loved. I would nourish my soul above all with prayer and scripture, because through that I best understand who I am and what I’m living for.

So today I ask you, how do you treasure yourself?

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  • Kati Smith
    June 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    This is so great and true. I always think of how Anne Lamott talks about “radical self-care.” I struggle mostly with negative self-talk (about body image yes, but also just in general). This is a good reminder to start talking sweeter to myself.

    PS. GREAT photo! ;)

  • Lauren Tien
    June 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Comforting to know that I’m not the only one who struggles with this. Natalie, I love that you pose the question, because its a question I hardly give myself time to dwell on. One way I treasure myself is through me time where I can run, paint, work on projects, and not feel guilty about that time being focused on what one may consider self-focused things. I love doing them and feel great when in it, so that to me is a treasure :)

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      June 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      I’m right there with you–it’s in that intentional, set-aside time to nurture what our bodies, minds and souls need that we truly learn to treasure ourselves and treat ourselves with love and kindness.