Hello, my dear friends, how are you today? I am probably better in this one single moment than I have been in quite some time. I decided to be good to myself today, and I’m so glad I did. We see expressions and read articles about self-care, and we generally agree that it’s healthy and proper for us to do, but we fall short of time or let life get in the way. We’ve got to get better at taking care of ourselves. Making the time to do even the slightest personal kindness can be the difference in a whole day. For me, it began by deciding it was okay to like myself and to be my friend. This process did not happen overnight.

I needed to take a seriously good look at who I am. Examining myself meant defining my strengths, weaknesses, and all the bridges in between. I made lists of my “good stuff” and “not so good stuff.” This list was beneficial in helping me decide what I wanted to change and how to go about doing that. Moreover, it helped me to see the great things about myself that others see and love. I know it sounds like a childish and straightforward thing to do, but it made a difference for me. A lesson doesn’t need to be harsh and complex to be effective. While I still have much to learn and do in self-care and self-improvement, I now understand that I’ve taken some significant steps.

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I may not look back at my life as a whole and agree with how I’ve lived, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t grown, learned, and evolved as a person. I like who I am, and it’s okay to be my friend and enjoy being myself. I can treat myself right with no guilt attached and know that I’m strong enough to learn from it and move forward if I make a mistake. We need to be good to ourselves every day. By treating ourselves right, we are setting an example for the world around us who notice and teach them our worth.