- I will stop caring about what other people think.
Last year I definitely saw my self-esteem grow and I felt more confident in who I am than ever before, but I still get hung up on what other people think far too often. It’s time to let that go!
- I will stop expecting someone else when I look in the mirror.
A body positive advocate who I admire, The Militant Baker, posted this on New Year’s Eve and the message really struck home. Too often I stand before the mirror hoping to see something else — someone thinner, someone with fuller hair, someone with less spots on her chin. I need to start seeing me, and appreciating me.
- I will stop comparing myself to someone else.
This goes hand-in-hand with the two promises above. I love the inspiration and community that things like Instagram and Facebook build, but all too often I am comparing myself to others — whether it’s their body type or home or wealth. As the wise saying goes: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” And i have way too much joy in my life to let it be stolen.
- I will start valuing my accomplishments more than I value the number on the scale.
I often feel, and I think society is often guilty of making others feel, that no amount of success you have matters if you are not also thin. For some reason, thinness is valued above all else. I know that I have accomplished some pretty cool things in my life, and I will continue to do so. I need to celebrate those achievements and stop acting like they don’t matter.
- I will start appreciating all that I have instead of complaining about all that I don’t have.
Again, I am far too blessed and I have so much good in my life — there is literally nothing that I need or want, when it comes right down to it. I think it’s always great to strive for more, to have goals and to challenge ourselves. But being appreciative of all the good I do have — that’s priority No. 1.
What promises will you make to yourself for 2017?