I recently completed a 31 Day Self Love Instagram Challenge during January and hosted by Gala Darling. I wasn't sure what the challenge would bring, but I have to say that I feel more confident and more in-tune with myself.
For me this challenge forced me to let go in many ways. I started the challenge thinking "yeah, I need to give myself some self-love right now, this could be fun". And it was. Everyday I was excited to interpret the prompts. The challenge gave me an excuse to stop and think about things for me-what do I like, who am I in this moment, how far have I come. Some seemed easy others not so much. Some days I would think-'ugh, maybe I will skip this one' or 'I don't have the picture/video I want (because they are ridiculous, and I will look foolish)', but those ended up being my favourite ones. The ones I resisted were the ones that pushed me past my regular sharing comfort zone, and you know what? I survived. People laughed, I laughed. This challenge caused me to share more about myself than I normally would volunteer. Not because I don't want people to know I play just dance or know the theme to Pokémon, but because I often think that those things are insignificant to others-those thoughts stop me from moving forward and sharing more of myself. I am sure we all have that inner mean girl (or boy) telling you what it thinks others will think, or that they don't care, that it stops you on your tracks. Sadly the mean girl feels she is trying to protect you, and maybe at times she does, but my experience with her (at times is crippling). Maybe it is time to give that inner mean girl a break, a vacation, give her sometime to unwind, and in turn give you some freedom.
What is one small challenge you can give yourself, to take a baby step out of your comfort zone? It could be talking to someone, could be writing a letter, posting a picture, buying a book, signing up for a class, or asking a question.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.