I did it! Another 30 day challenge complete. This one was about self-love, and the challenge was to write three things you like about yourself every day for 30 consecutive days.
My experience was interesting, and just to preface it all, not as ground-shifting or life-changing as you’d expect. But, it could be great for you, and that’s exactly why I want to share about it! To start, I wrote down things that were really generic. “I like my routines”, “I like my work ethic”, “I like my enthusiasm”. Although it made me feel good, it wasn’t anything I wasn’t already aware of. Over time, it got narrower in scope, and what I noticed was, it turned into an opportunity to reflect on the previous day and the characteristic traits I displayed that I was proud of. It served as an interesting combination of gratitude and self-acknowledgement all wrapped into one. “I like how I handle rejection”, “I like how I make time for calls”, “I like how I am in the habit of reading before bed”.
One thing I wish I did differently is I wish I focused more on the physical parts of myself. I think that could have been a really helpful part of the exercise because that is often where people, including myself, fail to do the work and reflect.
At the end of the 30 days, I went through all of the nice things I wrote down about myself, and it did make for a heart-warming moment because the validation behind 90 compliments is hard to deny.
Again, this wasn’t life-changing for me, although I did enjoy it. I’m not jumping to start all over again, but I will consider doing it once a year moving forward. This could be exactly what you’re looking for, and by taking two minutes a day to appreciate yourself, you might come upon a whole new version of you that you were refusing to acknowledge.