We talk a lot about beautiful things here at Clementine, but while embroidered throw pillows and statement jewelry make us giddy, nothing feeds the soul like a sense of self-love and acceptance. Have you ever noticed that without this essential ingredient all sorts of things go haywire in your life? It’s harder to accept others and love them for who they are, not what they lack. You feel empty but you don’t know why, even when you have everything you need and then some. When you don’t love yourself, you can’t fully embrace—or even see—the gifts that life and those around you have to offer.
Some of us will spend our whole lives trying to accept ourselves, and that’s okay. The journey of self-acceptance is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It’s not selfish to celebrate your innate worth and special gifts, it’s freeing and empowering. One of the simplest ways to start feeling more beautiful on the inside is to make a list every day—maybe over a glass of wine or cup of tea—of all the positive things you did, said, and shared with the world. Write down whatever pops in your mind—nothing is too small or too big here. In fact, it’s the little things that we forget about that deserve more credit. Maybe you got up early to go to the gym or made your partner breakfast in bed. Perhaps you called a friend, told a co-worker you like her shoes, held the door for a stranger. You know that really daunting meeting? Yeah, you nailed it. So don’t write it off as just another day at the office, write it down!
It may seem silly at first, but when you look down at your long list (everyone’s list is long—trust us!), all of those thoughtful moments and mini accomplishments add up to smart, funny, kind, brave, brilliant YOU. It won’t take long before your lists become a daily reminder of how beautiful and deserving you are, inside and out. This is when fear falls away, when we’re no longer ashamed of being imperfect and instead excited to run headfirst into life, just the way we are.
p.s. These 5 mantras help us remember the inner beauty in everyone.