Isn't it interesting how sometimes a remembrance of an experience from our youth can just hit us square between the eyes? It's like my childhood-self is trying to teach my adult-self a lesson. Those moments serve as yet ANOTHER reminder that power has ALWAYS been within me and only needs to be (re)tapped into.
Read the rest of my Power Up Newsletter for the complete story, along with a plug for my favorite movie and a spotlight cast on another movie that will most assuredly change the world!
When Kevin saw the locket and what was in it, he said to me, “Wow, your mom carried a locket with a picture of you in it?” I said no, it was my locket from when I was a kid.
He said, “You must have really loved yourself back then to carry a picture of yourself around!”
He was making a joke, but it got me thinking. Most of us wouldn’t think twice about carrying pictures of our loved ones or expressing our love for them, but ourselves?
Self-love sounds all gooey and new age-y and whatever else, but here’s the thing: if you don’t love yourself, nothing else matters.
In order to give to your kids, to your job, to your spouse, to your friends, you have to have something to give. When you love yourself enough to take care of yourself, when you tap into your values and your wants, when you take action on your dreams and desires, that’s when you have stuff left over to give to others.
Being the best version of you begins with loving yourself, just as you are.
We think it’s vain to love ourselves. But love ourselves we must. You’ve got to be the biggest cheerleader for your inner team.
YOU ARE THE SOURCE OF YOUR POWER. Not money, not career, not accomplishments, YOU. And if that’s true (it is) then you should love the hell out of yourself. Carry-a-dorky-picture-of-you-around-your-neck-love.
You are enough. Just as you are.
When you love yourself, you take care of yourself. Period. All self-care begins with self-love.
Instead of getting all serious on you this weekend, and since this part of the newsletter IS called “Stuff I Love Sundays” I’m going to share with you one of my favorite movies of ALL TIME: Steel Magnolias.
Steel Magnolias is based on a true story and the movie was made after the stage play became a huge hit.
I’ve probably seen it 3000 times, but I still ugly cry at the Sally Field cemetery scene.
I recently took a FB quiz asking what Steel Magnolias character I am. I’ll let you watch the movie and guess. (Ouiser, I was Ousier.)
A PERFECT movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon, funny and tragic at the same time. As Dolly Parton says, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion!”
A trial attorney, Cajardo is also a gifted actor, and he is on a mission to produce a movie, Blackface: the story of nobody. Cajardo wrote, acts in and directs the movie. You can watch the trailer by clicking below.
Cajardo isn’t just out to make a movie, he’s looking to change the world. This movie is about so much more than blackface; it’s about the masks we all wear in order to hide our true selves, so we won’t get hurt.
Cajardo’s movie is now on Kickstarter: they need to raise $80,000 by March 22nd and if they don’t get it (I just learned this is how Kickstarter works) they don’t get ANY of the funds they raised. Please help if you can. I love this man and I love what I’ve seen so far of the movie.
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