You are lovable.
Believe this, no matter your history, no matter what you are told.
Know that you are worthy of love and that the first and most important place to get that love is from within you.
If you seek love externally without an internal foundation of self-love, you will not find it because you will not be able to accept it.
You must love yourself to love another. And you must love yourself to have a healthy internal self-concept and healthy self-esteem.
The bottom line is you have to love yourself to be truly healthy.
Do it today!
Right now, wrap your arms around yourself in a big hug and say aloud, “I love myself. I love me.” Repeat it until you truly feel it.
You are worth it.
Here are twelve of my favorite self-love quotes and wisdom on self-acceptance from famous authors like Tina Fey, Jodi Picoult, Mandy Hale, and Morrissey. Take them in and ponder what they mean for you right now. How can you be kinder to yourself today?
1. You are the very best you that you can be.
“When you step into your power and your true authentic self, you shine. You shine so brightly that the world tries to keep up.” ― Shannon Kaiser, Find Your Happy – An Inspirational Guide on Loving Life to its Fullest
2. Don’t worry about what other people think.
“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants
3. Things will get much easier if you stop trying to be what you’re not.
“Almost all of the struggles we experience come from the times when we ignore the truth of who we are to fit into the world’s model of who we think we are supposed to be.” ― Linda Joy, The Wisdom of Midlife Women 2
4. Focus on those who love you for you, not those who want to change you.
“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” ― Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart
5. Love yourself because you are a miracle.
“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”
― Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry
6. Loving yourself is like having a super power.
“I am powerful in my love for myself. The truth of my being is I love myself exactly as I am. I honor my empowered heart.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree, The Spiritual Girl’s Guide to Dating: Your Enlightened Path to Love, Sex, & Soul Mates
7. Your beauty comes from inside you.
“Maybe it’s NOT Maybelline. Maybe you were just born with it.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
8. Embrace your craziness.
“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.” ― Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl
9. It takes real strength to love yourself.
“It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.” ― Abigail Tarttelin, Golden Boy
10. Being a kind person means starting with being kind to yourself.
“Deeply respecting yourself is the first step toward having a deep respect for others.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree, The Spiritual Girl’s Guide to Dating: Your Enlightened Path to Love, Sex, & Soul Mates
11. Be your own source of happiness.
“Looking outside of yourself for love and acceptance, leaves your happiness in the hands of others.” ― Debra Beck, My Feet Aren’t Ugly: A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out
12. And most importantly, always stay true to who you are.
“Now comes the hour to choose between being acceptable to others or being acceptable to one’s own self,” ― Morrissey, Autobiography
Amy Leigh Mercree’s motto is “Live joy. Be kind. Love unconditionally.” She counsels women and men in the underrated art of self-love to create happier lives. Amy is an author, media personality, and expert dating, relationship, & wellness coach and medical intuitive. Mercree speaks internationally focusing on kindness, joy, and wellness. Mercree is also a writer and producer for film.
Mrs. Mercree’s book “The Spiritual Girl’s Guide to Dating: Your Enlightened Path to Love, Sex, and Soul Mates” is THE empowered dater’s toolkit. Her upcoming books include “Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life” (Llewellyn 2016) and “A Little Bit of Chakras” (Sterling Ethos 2016). Check out AmyLeighMercree.com for articles, picture quotes and quizzes. Mercree is fast becoming one of the most quoted women on the web. See what all the buzz is about @AmyLeighMercree on Twitter.
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