In honor of Love Yourself Week, each day a Frisky staffer will share 30 things she loves about herself — and we encourage the rest of you to do the same in the comments!
Ask me if I have good self-esteem and the answer is “yes.” But ask me to explain the reasons why I love myself? It’s hard. I gave it my best shot … and I hope you’ll all do the same (about yourselves, not me) in the comments! 30 Things I LOVE About Myself:
NothingVery little embarrasses me.
- I love learning. My mind is always hungry.
- I’m competitive like a motherf***er.
- I’m truly one of the nicest, sweetest people you’ll ever know.
- I show love with my actions.
- I’m not a suck-up.
- Joy comes to me from the little things: babies, puppies, kittens, cupcakes.
- I’m generous, especially with my possessions.
- I’m fiercely loyal not only to my friends, but even to people who I don’t know. I would never trash someone just to be “cool” or “popular.”
- The carte blanche permission I’ve given to be myself. I have some amazing, crazy stories to tell about the adventures I’ve had!
- My big brown eyes and my big, round cheeks.
- I can apologize.
- My regret only for things I have done, not things I have not done. Luckily, there are no opportunities I feel like I missed.
- I stand up for myself — but I’ve also learned when to keep my mouth shut.
- My very, very silly sense of humor. I only show it to my boyfriend and my best friend, but sometimes I totally crack myself up.
- I’ve never seen a baby panda photo that didn’t make me squeal.
- I’m less insecure than ever before in my life. (Especially after working at The Frisky!)
- I’m affectionate and freely say “I love you.”
- I will play beauty shop, Barbies and princesses with my little nieces. Even if I want to yak the entire time.
- I’m well-read.
- I have firm convictions and passionate beliefs, but I’m also not afraid to say “I don’t know” or “I need to find out more before I have an opinion.”
- I’ll try almost any food or drink once.
- I practice self-care. I used to ignore my depression and hope it would fix itself on its own. But now I do what I need to do to make sure I’m mentally healthy.
- I don’t say “ummm” or “uhhh” a lot and I don’t end statements with question marks, as if I sound unsure. And I don’t put myself down — or if I do, I try to be joking and self-deprecating about it.
- I try hard to have a consciousness about other races, classes, abilities, sexualities and genders. I’m more willing than most people I know to say, “Well, so-and-so knows more about being a low-income gay black man than I do, so it’s not my place to tell him what to do.”
- My long legs.
- I’m not afraid to dork out and admit I like the music that I like!
- My sex life doesn’t embarrass me or bring me shame.
- I have good manners: I say “please,” “thank you,” bring hostess gifts, and write thank you notes.
- I trust myself.
You can read Amelia’s list of “30 Things I Love About Myself” here.