We have been promoting a lifestyle change called, "Love You. Love People." For the past few weeks, we have been sharing stories and pictures of ways to learn to love ourselves.
It has been such an impacting and wonderful journey to partake in with our family!
Since we spent two weeks on loving ourselves, we are moving on to the equally as important second half of our motto.
It’s now time to learn to love people.
We are in a society that is craving for the next ‘in’ thing. Right now, it’s in to accept the curves and wider hips that one has, and know that they are just as hot as anyone else. Even though that is absolutely true, we as a company felt that there has been a 180 degree turn around where now there’s a dislike for ones who are not structured that way.
We can’t just love who we are and hate how everyone else looks. We were made uniquely for a reason… to not be so boring!
Looks are not the only thing that we are stressing here, though. Anyone that has affected you in a negative way somehow, or anyone that you have loved to hate for the sake of keeping the loathe load off of yourself, deserves to be loved.
You are another person to someone else too.
As we continue this lifestyle change, start really making a difference in the world by showing love to others.
We’re a family here. Let’s love each other.
If you asked me what my biggest fear is, my response is automatic:
How many times have I striven for success and decided to change the plan because of fear? How many times have I followed this fear?
Learning bit by bit that not only does failure not define me, but success doesn’t either. You are not either a success or a failure. You are a person; a person deserving and capable of love.
Don’t follow fear. Be free to make mistakes and be free to be successful.
Once you love yourself, success and failure become just a part of you; and you will feel free to love others, failures and all.
For our lifestyle change called, “Love You. Love People., we are sharing stories about loving ourselves this week. If you relate to Lindsay, or you have a different story to tell, we want to read it, and you never know:
You could impact someone else’s life.
Love you. Share you. Post a picture of yourself on Instagram, share your words, and tag #loveyoulovepeople .
I used to think I wasn’t allowed to feel good about myself. It wasn’t always even my weight. I was too physically and socially awkward; too quiet and introverted. I wasn’t good enough at the right things. I never felt comfortable in new situations. I wasn’t brave enough. I’ve never had a girl like me back. And because I wasn’t confident enough, no one ever would.
It’s been a long road, and one I’m still traveling. But one of the hardest, most surprising lessons I’ve learned is that it is possible to love myself. I’m allowed to like me, and to think I have something to offer people. It’s not self-centered or egotistical, and it’s vital to our survival. Love has to come from within.
You can’t really love people without loving yourself.
And though it’s nice when someone recognizes you for who you are, it won’t make up for you not liking yourself. Life’s too short to hate who you are. It cuts off so many things for you, and cuts off everyone else from what only you can offer.
This month we are encouraging everyone to share their stories, like Douglas’, of learning to love themselves. Go to Instagram and tag #loveyoulovepeople to share yours.
It’s time to love you.
So Worth Loving challenged me to do this.
I hope it inspires someone to love themselves more & embrace being single. I am 24 and have never had a real relationship. I had a 7th grade boyfriend & an 8th grade boyfriend that lasted for a whole 4 or 5 days. Until it came time to do what boyfriends and girlfriends do by holding hands, and the thought of that was terrifying, so we had to break up. I liked a few boys in high school but they never liked me enough to date me.
It tore me up inside to know that my friends had boyfriends and I never liked the boys who liked me.
I got to college and it seemed that boys for some reason found me attractive, well, every girl attractive. But it felt good regardless. I realized how nervous I was to pursue a guy, so I resorted to drinking to build liquid courage. I realized how insecure I was about my body and resorted to a diet of 500 calories a day to lose 20lbs in a month.
But I had what I wanted. I had attention, until I realized that weekend that only attention from guys was not enough. I thought there was something wrong with me. It wasn’t until about 2 years ago that I realized that I am not single because I am overweight, because I am not pretty enough or that I am not good enough for anyone.
I am single because I choose it, it is not a curse. I have places to see, people to meet and things to experience before I settle down.
Sometimes I forget this and there are days I want to just date someone, but I know that this time in my life is meant to experience the world. I now know that there is nothing wrong with me.I am not defined by the amount of people who have loved me romantically.
If you’re single and you wonder why, maybe there’s something you’re supposed to be doing other then waiting for a person to define you.
Get out there and embrace the adventure before you. Remember you’re not the problem, you are worthy of love, but that love sometimes starts with loving yourself.
We are sharing stories this month of ways to love yourself and love people. Share your story or piece of advice with a picture of yourself and hashtag #loveyoulovepeople
The message of worth is not only good for the feminine soul, but for the masculine one as well.
Harmed by sexual abuse as a child, I know deeply the mark of shame it can leave and how marred your sense of self can become. The journey to healing is difficult (mine is years in the making) still, I offer these two keys:
Light and Community
What is left in darkness will never heal. Don’t try to figure out if it was your fault. Someone needs to hear your story and you will need the support of loved ones to heal.
There is certainly no shame in that.
- Want to share your story? Take a picture of yourself on Instagram, share your word-love, and hashtag #loveyoulovepeople. You really don’t know who you could impact while also showing someone that they are not alone. Loving yourself does not discriminate with gender, race, size, anything.
All it needs is you.
"Hope is real.”
- Anonymous lover of you from Wednesday’s post
Hope is what will keep you going. During our Love You. Love People. lifestyle change, our goal is that you will find hope and light in your doubting.
You are so worth loving, and we want you to see how deserving you are of love.
Give yourself a chance.
Even if you feel like you are at your end, hope is there.
You are awesome, so start seeing what we all see.
Every smile holds a different story.
During our Love You Love People lifestyle change, we’d like to challenge you to share your story on Instagram, Facebook, or even here on Tumblr, and how you’ve learned to love yourself. Make sure to tag #loveyoulovepeople to bring us all together so we can see each other and encourage each other to love themselves.
By doing this, you’re not only showing love for self, but also opening the door to impact someone else to do the same.
So I'm working on taking care of myself, finding my inner self, not taking negative criticism to heart, and overall loving myself. But at the same time, I am trying to love others as well. But there are some people in my life that I am trying to hold onto so closely and love, but they keep bringing me down from loving myself. Tearing me apart at times. Love you, love people. But letting go of the toxins out of your life, and loving yourself is morally acceptable, right? I'm struggling.
Asked by hellokhalle
Halle, so so glad you reached out! This is such a great question. Know we are so proud of you for working on loving yourself and people. In order to influence you have to be strong in yourself so that you may not be dragged down. To get to a place where you are not negatively impacted, you have to let those toxic relationships go because they reopen a wound and you never properly heal. It is not that you don’t love them or forgive them but you recognize you need to invest in yourself so that you aren’t impacted by those that inflict pain. In the end having a balance of people that can pour into you so that you may pour into others is what you want to work toward! The power of negative influence disappears because your mental state is healthier and you are able to not allow them to hurt you. You are confident in your boundaries and in your limits. Keep trekking. It’s not easy but you can do this!!
Proud of you!