In the true form of someone who doesn't want to take time for themselves, I procrastinated in reviewing "Me, Myself & I: 28 Day of Creative Self-Love" by Cheryl S. Bridges. It's not that I didn't want to do the work; in fact, I was excited about it, it mainly had to do with taking the time to slow down.
I know shame on me.
"Me, Myself & I: 28 Day of Creative Self-Love" is
"more than just a book! It's a multi-dimensional exploration about how we can learn to love all of the different parts of ourselves (including the parts that are hard to love). The book includes inspiring pictures and artwork, links to uplifting music, plus creative exercises and journaling reflections that will empower you to bring more self-love into your life. More than that, this book offers you an invitation to open up and reconnect with the beauty of who you really are."
I started with Day 1. Well, honestly, I started with Day 1 then tried to skip to a different day that I thought would be easier. I had to give myself a kick and go back to day 1 to begin my self-love journey begins with the mirror technique. This requires you to look deeply into your eyes, take in how you look and reflect love from within to yourself. Then you say to your image, "I love you, ______." So, I say, "I love you, Petula Renee Lloyd" and I giggle and sort of make a face. I repeat this a few times until it doesn't feel quite as awkward as it did when I began.
Moving on in the exercise, I have to speak to myself and say all the things I like about myself including physical features, but mostly focusing on traits like, "I love that I am bold" or "I love that I'm confident."
Then you're directed to take a moment to reflect on your day and think of five to 10 things you're proud that you accomplished that day, and say them aloud: "I'm proud I was able to reprimand the children without yelling." "I am proud that I cleaned out the junk drawer." Be sure to say these things with a lot of love, take a deep breath and receive the love.
Now return to speaking love into yourself by saying, "I love you, ________" and relish in the love you're feeling. You're going to do this every day for the 28 days.
This was a tough exercise for me. I am absolutely uncomfortable with talking to myself in that manner and telling myself I'm proud and I have no idea why, which is something about myself that I'll explore at a later time. Although it may take a minute to get myself together in order to explore deeper within myself by following a guide such as this, I'm always interested in improving myself and understanding me better. That makes "Me, Myself & I: 28 Days of Creative Self-Love" at the top of my list of books to help me with that task.
What I love about the book
This book is creative and fun to read and is written in a way that sounds like one girlfriend talking to another. Bridges has also written in a very clear way on how to use the book and what different things mean in the book. For instance, if you're reading it on an e-reader or laptop, you're able to click on links to accompany you through the book. The music notes link to a playlist that she's set up on YouTube. It's easily accessible through the notes or by typing the link directly into your browser. The same goes for the artwork, just access the link to enjoy full-sized images of the artwork, photographs and memes.
What you'll love about the book
It's very simple really: You'll learn to love yourself, and who wouldn't be in love that with?
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About Cheryl Bridges
Cheryl, an Intuitive Counselor and a Quaker Minister, has spent her life exploring the healing power of creativity and the inner spirit. She believes creativity is the key to discovering and expressing who we are. Before she launched her quest to find where creativity and self-love meet, Cheryl served as a change consultant and a hospital/hospice chaplain. She speaks globally, facilitates workshops and teaches college classes around the topics of creativity, vocation and self-understanding. Cheryl, who has a B.S. in Business and Economics and a Master of Divinity degree, enjoys life with her spouse Tracey at their lakeside home in North Carolina.
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