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"Be gentle with yourself"

I've been with my current therapist for about 2 years, and one of the first things she told after getting to know a little about me was that I needed to be more gentle and nicer to myself. As a perfectionist, it took me a long time to finally agree to practice being nice to myself 😅 It took a lot of honest conversations with myself about why I'm nice to others but not myself. My therapist has become more candid in these past few months and she told me, "You deserve to love yourself in the same way you love others." And still, to this day, I go back and forth between being my worst critic to my biggest hype woman; and I really think that's ok too. We're all trying to figure out how to unlearn behaviors we've practicing for a long time, so if you're in the same boat as me, let's try and be more gentle to ourselves today, in the next hour, and in this next moment 💛 #begentlewithyou #selfloveclub

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a different perspective on New Years #ChronicIllness #begentlewithyou

Not everyone starts the New Year ready to hit the ground running.

It’s okay if you need to take it slow.

It’s okay if you aren’t making resolutions.

Maybe you’re already weighed down and can’t take on more.

Instead, find your middle ground and rest in it. Take small steps when you’re ready, embrace joy and be easy on yourself.

I like to pick a word each year to focus on. This has always seemed doable and doesn’t make me feel pressured. My word this year is “hope.” I picked it because hope is what we all rely on in our darkest hours and it’s what keeps us going.

Hope doesn’t pressure. It’s soft and gentle. Hope let’s us breathe.

May you all breathe deeply and find hope this year. 👇🏼Share if you have a word to focus on this year👇🏼