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As Thanksgiving has ended, everyone is in full holiday swing! There’s a smell of sentimentalism in the air, and gratitude for what we do have this (not so normal) holiday season. It’s left everyone being thankful and appreciative for many of the little things, like our healthy family members and friends. It’s a time to appreciate, as like every year, but this year is different for a number of circumstances. Thus, I wanted to take extra time this year to be thankful for myself and give myself credit for honestly making the best of this year as much as I could. 

It’s common for us to not take a moment to be thankful for ourselves, not just during the holidays but year round! The main culprit of this is the idea that if I thank myself or give gratitude to myself it means that I am narcissistic and selfish. However, reserving the time to give thanks to yourself is none of those things. It’s appreciating and loving yourself for the things that you have done for yourself. Yes, family and friends are very important! But at the end of the day, you also have yourself and I think a part of loving yourself is your ability to thank yourself for the accomplishments and successes you’ve done for yourself. Be thankful for yourself because no one other than yourself is your biggest supporter, even though sometimes it feels like we're our biggest enemy. 

[bf_image id="rqn72p4n3bjsqvg97v9f3hp"] I wanted to take time to be thankful for myself because I beat myself up over a lot of things. Not doing enough in school, not graduating earlier, measuring my self worth based on my weight, and so many other things. I think it's my fault, but it's actually just a product and reflection of my self esteem and view of myself. I want to make a conscious effort to be grateful and most of all, proud of myself! When you start to provide that sense of accomplishment and pride to yourself then you no longer look for it in others because your own hype man can be yourself. 

[bf_image id="q722yg-aigf60-32gem7"] I hope you take time this holiday season to just be thankful for yourself and love yourself for a little bit. It’s necessary in times like these where you really have to remember that you are all that you need for the support that you think you can get from others. I’m not talking about treating yourself to a sheet mask either! I’m talking about actually saying to yourself, “I am thankful for me. I am thankful for everything that I’ve done for myself. I am proud of myself.” Whether that be in the mirror or on a piece of paper or silently to yourself, don’t forget to be thankful for you and all that you have been through. 

Hi I'm Jackie! I'm a fourth year transfer student majoring in Communication and English. I'm a big advocate of the body positive moment and learning to measure your life in love!
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