How To Have Compassion for Yourself

I used to be very hard on myself. I took the tough-love approach to my self-improvement and I thought that the meaner I was to myself the more it would motivate me to change. Call yourself fat and disgusting enough time and you’ll lose those pounds. Tell yourself how stupid you are and you’ll stop making mistakes. Shocker, it didn’t work. After awhile, it was so common for me to be mean to myself that I stopped noticing I was doing it.  Until I’d fall into depression and then I’d notice, and believe those things. Self-love helped me see that being a judgmental asshole to myself accomplished absolutely nothing. It took a long time to get out of that habit. I’m talking years. I was committed to changing but no matter how hard I tried the moment I got frustrated at myself I was right back to calling myself stupid…

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Stop Being At War With Your Past

Jamie Ridler is sharing another prompt with us today. She asks us “What or whom do you wish to make peace with.” I had to think on this for a little bit because I realized that there is a lot of stuff hanging around in my head and heart that I need to make peace with. There are so many mistakes I’ve made as a human being. So many things that I wish I could undo. There’s a voice inside that whispers: Stop being at war with your past. Make peace with yourself. The me from seven years ago. I still carry her with me sometimes and I realize that it is time to make peace with her and let her go. When I was 19 I had my very first relationship, he also happened to be married. That whole situation, all two years’ worth, defined me for a very long time.…

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Book Review: You Can Heal Your Life

It’s a new month, a clean slate to make miracles happen. I don’t know why, but there’s something about a new month that just feels… clean. I can start over, leave the mistakes in the past, move forward. (This post contains an affiliate link! You buy something, I get a small percentage, thanks for supporting Blessing Manifesting!) Each month I pick a word to embrace for the month. This month’s word is “healing”. I’ve realized that there are some past hurts that are still hurting. It’s frustrating to think that issues are in the past, neatly packed away, and then suddenly there they are, all over again. We all have work to do, and that’s okay. Today’s book review is a book that I will be picking up again soon and diving into the comforting wisdom of the pages. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay will probably be…

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Self-Forgiveness: Forgive Your Mistakes

“Forgiveness doesn’t mean allowing the painful behaviors or actions of another to continue in your life. Sometimes, forgiveness means letting go. You forgive them and release them. Taking a stand and setting healthy boundaries are often the most loving things you can do—not only for yourself, but for the other person as well.” – Louise L. Hay Forgiveness, oh how I loathe you sometimes. Forgiveness seems to be the theme of my life lately and what a huge theme it has turned out to be. Besides love, I’m hard-pressed to think of any other theme that so prominently weaves its way in and out of lives. It is needed as much as love. Love can not survive without forgiveness. This past week I’ve allowed myself to work on forgiveness, whether it be towards myself or towards others. It has involved tears, it has involved laughter, but most importantly it has…

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