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Self Love - Cultivating Self, Creativity and Confidence

Learning to love yourself is essential to the cultivation of who you are, your confidence and your creative expression. With a little self-reflection, a lot of soul searching and a conscious connection to spirituality and purpose, you too can create a life of self-love. Just remember to be patient, be consistent and be open to the flow.


woman embracing flowers in an act of self love and creative expression

Self Love

The idea that one must love his or herself before loving others was not an easy concept for me. I always thought it should be the other way around - as your love grows for others, your love for self grows. Boy was I wrong!


In life, it's difficult to love other people if you haven't first learned to love yourself. This can be even more difficult if we haven't experienced genuine love from others while growing up. When we're children, our first loves are those who have shown us unconditional care and affection through their words and deeds.


If we were lucky enough to have had parents or teachers show us love by spending quality time and being fully engaged in our needs and interests, we know how it feels to be loved, secure in who we are and free to express. But if we didn't, we may find it even more challenging to learn to love ourselves. But it is possible for everyone with time, effort, and consistency.


woman smiling at herself in mirror

Confidence

I didn't truly start the journey of learning to love myself until I was about 30. By age 45, I was confident enough to be able to express the love I had for myself to others and in front of the mirror. With maturity and experience, as well as forgiveness, I was able to build myself into a strong, empowered woman who loved me for who I was both inside and out. And I know, you can do it to.


One way to cultivate this confidence is to begin by telling yourself that you are beautiful everyd