Self Love. By Steel Burkhardt

A promise is a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or an assurance that a particular thing will happen.

I don’t know about you, but when I make a promise to someone, I feel awful if I am unable to keep it.  Why then don’t I feel as awful when I don’t keep a promise to myself.  Aren’t I worthy of better from myself?

I had this thought a few years ago and found a quote that gave me one of those “ah-ha!” moments: “Commitment means staying loyal to what you’ve said long after the mood you said it in has left you.” Seems so simple, right? But, we know it’s not.  The quote helped at the time, and now that I think about it, commitment is “self-love”.

It’s saying, “Hey, I’ll take the time to do something that will make me feel good!” Whether that’s taking up a new hobby, eating healthier, doing something athletic, or just reading a book.  That’s what New Years Resolutions are, little promises of “self love”.

Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Open them and look at yourself; where you are and who you are now and visualize where and who you want to be.  Think of some steps that will help you accomplish that vision.  Don’t make those steps a mountain to climb. Make them manageable. Make them something you will definitely do, and furthermore, enjoy doing.  Want to have better fitness but hate going to gyms? THEN DON’T GO! There are group sports, Yoga, Zumba, adult tap dance classes, etc.  So many options are available. If you try it and don’t like it…don’t do it and try something else!

Making time for “self love” may seem selfish. It’s not. It’s making sure that you are centered and aligned, and when that happens good energy will surround you and those who are around you.  Don’t wait for New Year’s Day, it’s good to self-check whenever you feel you need it.

Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.

Steel Burkhardt, LizzyJays Creative Director and Broadway Star.

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