Sometimes we have a hard time finding the good in ourselves. We compare ourselves to others and feel like we are “falling short.” How can we use creativity to help us see the best in ourselves? The key is to focus on what we are good at, while accepting our limitations and faults.
We can use our creative skills to document what we like about ourselves as a daily reminder. I love this scrapbook layout made by Iris Babao Uy where she journals about what she feels she is good at: accepting herself for who she is. This is something we could all do a better job at!
Scatter Sunshine by Iris Babao Uy.
Iris says: “The layout I made here was about how I found the courage to accept my limitations as an artist and yet still allow myself to continue to dream, create, share, and teach.” She hasn’t limited herself because she isn’t perfect; rather she has embraced imperfection and lets herself shine through her creations.
We can also use creativity to help us accept and love others for who they are. I made this layout about my relationship with my husband.
Love the One You’re With by Suzy Plantamura.
If you think others should be perfect, they are bound to fall short. I had to learn the hard way to love others the way I should love myself: unconditionally for who they are. The key is to focus on the good in others as well as ourselves and let the rest go.
Another one of my favorite quotes is this one:
What have you learned about yourself or your relationships with others through the years that might be worth documenting? Put it in writing so you don’t forget and can pass those hard-learned lessons on to others!
I challenge you to make a page about you that is all about what you love about yourself. Read it often so you can hold your head a little higher and realize that you are perfect just the way you are!
—Suzy Plantamura, CK Dream Team member