Day Twenty-One of Self Love Challenge

*oil on canvas
*76 x 101.5 cm
*signed b.r.: JW.WATERHOUSE

Day Twenty-One Challenge – What’s something you’re working on… believing that you deserve? 

I am working on my own personal growth, increasing my self-esteem/self-confidence because I believe I deserve to be happy. This journey has not been an easy one…I have had to face the darkest parts of myself. The parts of myself that I am ashamed of. Past events that have affected me profoundly but I have denied their existence for some time.

Although as difficult as it is I am learning to accept my flaws and moving forward I am learning to set limits and make myself  a priority.  You don’t just wake up one day in a state of complete self-acceptance. It’s a process you go through. When you take care of yourself and accept yourself you are in a state to offer the world the gift of you.

When I first found the 31 day self love challenge, I thought to myself how presumptuous…how narcissistic! However as I read the questions and attempted to answer these questions I discovered I truly see myself in a negative light. I realized through a recent event in my life that it was time for some personal growth.  Lacking self-esteem doesn’t allow you to share your gifts with the world. Each and every person has a gift to offer the world, I truly believe that.

As poorly as I used to think of myself I still knew deep down in my heart that I deserved to be happy. I had been through such hard times that there had to be a light at the end of the tunnel…there had to be a dawn after a long night…sunshine after the storm. I’m working on myself, there have been set-backs and there will be more but at the same time there is progress, growth, and enlightenment. I just have to stick with it after all it’s called a challenge!

“Love Yourself…enough to take the actions required for your happiness…enough to cut yourself loose from the drama-filled past…enough to set a high-standard for relationships…enough to feed your mind and body in a healthy manner… enough to forgive yourself…enough to move on.” – Steve Maraboli

“Whether he knew it or not, the life he lived was his penance. Punishing himself, for what he believes are his sins. Consciously or subconsciously, he creates the world he lives in. Never believing that he is deserving happiness, deserving joy. His self destructive nature, in his eyes, and his eyes only, is justified. Everyone is deserving of absolution, but he needs to understand, that he is the only one able to forgive himself.” – Marc. P Robinson


Miranda a tempestade waterhouse

Artwork Credit – “The Tempest” and “Miranda” by John William Waterhouse



One thought on “Day Twenty-One of Self Love Challenge

  1. I love this series and your openness. The mention of narcissism made me chuckle but only because I have had the exact same thought.

    Self-Love can take several forms and a selfish existence sometimes just cannot be avoided. Selfish, however, is perceived as a negative trait so here comes the irony….self-love requires a degree of selfishness. Narcissism, some may conclude and yes, it’s a trait we all have – it runs on a spectrum though; from an extremely benign state to the more damaging extreme. Trick is finding the balance and knowing your boundaries.

    Thank you for sharing 💞

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