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love letters: how to define self-love

Hi! My name is LaVonna! I’m currently a sophomore at Georgia Southern University, and three things I’d say I have a passion for are writing, self-love, and growth, specifically personal growth. I believe in the idea that everyone can always be growing, whether that be from brokenness or just from one’s own personal “high-score” of growth in their life. I believe so strongly in the idea of self love that I’d like to use my penchant for written work to hopefully inspire everyone, but especially college women to be comfortable in the idea of loving themselves.

Self-love, in my mind, is anytime you give back to yourself, anything you do to better yourself, for your personal self-interest. For me, self-love started with the idea of loving myself enough to become my own best friend. Last year I was a freshman here at Georgia Southern. The newness of college inspired me to become familiarized with myself. Sounds odd, but really, I never had the time to become comfortable with myself, and being a freshman in college meant being the only person you know most of the time, might as well become my own best friend. The road to discovering what self-care meant to me wasn’t all a linear path upward, I easily became discouraged in myself surrounded by unfamiliarity and the mentality that I was the only one who didn’t know anyone. The good thing is that self-care includes taking care of yourself mentally as well, and I tried hard to allow myself to doubt and to question and to cry. This was honestly difficult, especially going into college and being thrown into a group of people I didn’t know, it was so difficult to stay secure in myself, but this is where I grew strongest. I surrounded myself with people with positive mindsets and energy, I stayed true to my own ideas, as a result I became much more confident.

Now, I am currently a sophomore, and I still stay true to my ideals of self-care. Self-care is constantly being comfortable with yourself, constantly reminding yourself of your importance before everything, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and so on. It’s being comfortable enough to love yourself first.  

 

may my words be like a love letter to you,

xo LaVonna

 

LaVonna Wright

Georgia Southern

LaVonna is a Junior at Georgia Southern University. She is currently pursuing a major in English Literature with a minor in Religious Studies. LaVonna worked as a writer for the 2017-2018 school year, and is now the editor for the 2018-2019 school year. She loves all of the softer things in life and aspires to use her passion for written word to help others become the best version of themselves. Check out her personal blog: lavonnawrites.com or follow her on Instagram @_lwright "Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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