Inspiration (not thinspiration)

My mother recently went on a trip and brought back a journal for me. It’s covered in pastel colored flowers and comic-sans-esque font. Not exactly my style. I showed my teeth and said, “Thanks.” Now I sit at home, after doing some busy traveling myself, paging through the ribbon encrusted book. It has a quote at the bottom of every few pages. Most make me snort-laugh at cheesiness. But then, I find my mind cranking and turning several minutes later. Something to spark a train of (positive-loving-myself-but-not-totally-fruity) thought. Maybe they can do the same for you. Don’t take it for what is it, but something much more. Get on with your cheesy self.

Loving other is easy when I love and accept myself.
My heart is open. I allow my love to flow freely. I love myself, I love others, and others love me.

I am worth loving.
I do not have to earn love. I am lovable because I exist. Others reflect the love I have for myself.

I accept my uniqueness.
There is no competition and no comparison, for we are all different and meant to be that way. I am special and wonderful. I love myself.

My thoughts are creative.
I say “Out” to every negative thought that comes to my mind. No person, place, or thing has any power over me, for I am the only thinker in my mind. I create my own reality and everyone in it.

It is safe to look within.
As I move through the layers of other people’s opinions and beliefs, I see within myself a magnificent being, wise and beautiful. I love what I see in me.

I forgive myself.
As I forgive myself, I leave behind all feelings of not being good enough, and I am free to love myself.

Better said by Good With Cheese: fuck that.

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7 responses to “Inspiration (not thinspiration)

  1. Then again, I have my fair share of journals with “fuck that” written all over, too.

    I like that idea though- I’m an avid journaler.

  2. petiteyogini

    Beautiful post. Well said.

  3. what a beautiful entry. i think this is something every woman (and even men) should read. those are the sort of things they should be repeating to themselves in the mirror every day. thank you.

    i hope you don’t mind if i link to you on my blog.

  4. YANYB

    Carrie- Hell yes to avid journaling!

    petiteyogini- Thank you ❤

    Emmy- It’s so trite but it really does feel good to keep telling myself these things. And I would love for you to spread the word.

  5. thank you!
    i really appreciate your comments on my drawings 🙂

    yeah, people tend to not notice the body detail right off the bat.
    it’s so obvious to me…but i drew it…so i guess i’d see it no matter what, lol.
    i like that it takes people a few glances to see it, though. it’s kind of like those movies where every time you watch it, you notice something you didn’t see before…

    ok, i’m rambling, lol.
    anyways, thanks!
    looking forward to more entries 🙂

  6. p.s. i just noticed that there’s this itsy bitsy tiny smiley face up in the right hand corner. is that intentional?? cuz he’s cute lol.

  7. Amanda

    hi, i was just wondering if u could tell me a lil bit more about this website and “yanyb” thing. please e-mail back. thank you!

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