I've been sitting here wondering what my blog post would be about. I kept brainstorming ideas, but couldn't settle on one topic. Deep down, I realized, I already knew what the subject matter was. This post is about trusting others while becoming your own best friend.
I am learning and growing each and every day. Over the past few months, I've been noticing a pattern surrounding trust. I'm a very trusting person, an open book. When it comes down to it though, there's a handful of people that I know I can depend on. I've come to see that some of the people I have placed my trust in, have caused me harm, shown their true colors and not been the person I thought them to be. And that's ok! Every experience, is just that...an experience! I choose to turn the negative into a positive.
One of my favorite memoirs, is The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg.
A quote that I love from the book, "The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself." After, I completed reading this memoir, I felt a sense of empowerment. The essence of this quote, has guided me as I have sought to obtain something positive from my experiences (friends who have betrayed my trust). The message that came through, is that it is important to be your own best friend.
How to become your own best friend!
It starts with love, compassion and respect.
1. We are our harshest critic. Generally, we are harder on ourself than on someone else. When we engage in negative self talk, it's as if we are setting ourselves up to fail.
Practice loving yourself more. One great way to do this, is to do a mirror exercise. Anyone can do this. There is not a limit to the amount of self love one can give.
Stand in front of a mirror. Get close to it. Look into your eyes. Really stare at yourself. Acknowledge what you love about yourself.
Say a positive mantra such as, "I love myself exactly as I am in this moment."
You might be tempted to just spew negativity about your appearance, but keep at this exercise. In time, you may become more comfortable with it. You may actually enjoy doing it and start seeing yourself in a more favorable light.
2. Make a list of qualities you would want in a best friend.
- Someone who accepts me as I am
- A good listener
Next, see how you can give this to yourself. As you work on your own relationship, it sets the tone for the people you allow into your life and how they treat you.
3. Embark on a journey of self discovery (This might be an opportunity to journal)!
Ask yourself who you are? Are there things in your life you want to change?
What are you core values?
Do you have unfulfilled desires?
What is holding you back? What are you fearful of?
Remove the self doubt that is holding you back.
Allow yourself to grow by letting go of what is not serving you.
4. Trust your intuition
Listen to that voice within. You have this GPS inside, ready to guide you!
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