Self-Love Reflection: Little Letters

Posted: August 14, 2011 at 9:00 am

Hello, friends! Please start your Sunday off with a positive expression of body image thanks to Errign from the blog Errign’s Adventures! Her confidence and self-awareness never ceases to amaze me. Enjoy her contribution to the new Self-Love Reflections: YOUR Stories series.

Hi Faith, Fitness, Fun readers! I’m Errign & I blog over Errign’s Adventures about the food, exercise, travel, and escapades that make up my daily life as a busy college student.  When Tina mentioned wanting some guest posters, I jumped at the chance because I love to read FFF and I find Tina super down-to-earth and inspirational.  On my blog, I have a series I call little letters where I write short notes to things I’m lovin’ or annoyances in my day.  They’re quick, to the point, and pretty fun to write, so I want to tie them into my post over here.  I hope you enjoy my little letters to myself, and maybe you’ll consider writing yourself a few little letters once and awhile.

Dear Mind,
Thanks for making me a great student, even though I don't always get enough sleep and I never study.  I love that you supply me with useless knowledge and the ability to never forget anything.  I promise to honor you with downtime watching movies and naps, as well as breaks to do yoga or read a book for pleasure.

Dear Hair,
Thanks for being pretty and for always looking okay, even if I don't shower for a few days.  I'm sorry that I don't know how to style you, but I appreciate that you don't tangle or get in my eyes or anything.  I promise honor you by never blow-drying, straightening, or dying you.

Dear Arms,
Thanks for powering me through pushups & for not collapsing during yoga and mountain biking.  I will honor you by strengthening you & stretching my tired muscles.  I promise not to pump you up too much and to never push too hard.

Dear Abs,
I know you're in there somewhere, so thanks for supporting me through everything.  I am going to honor you by not expecting you to come out of hiding and with lots of plank pose.

Dear Legs,
You're my favorite, but shhh! don't tell.  Thank you for propelling me up and down hills and over obstacles, whether I'm running, walking or mountain biking.  Thank you for being strong, muscular, and not too hairy.  I promise to keep you strong by maintaining my running and strength training routines, stretching, doing yoga and foam rolling, and I'll always remember that you need a break sometimes.

Dear Body,
I know you're not "perfect", but who says you have to be?  You honor ME by allowing me to do all of the fun activities I like to do, whether I have a cookie cutter shape, or not.  I think that the most important thing about you, is that you are perfect for me.  I will do my best to remember this always and try to never give you negative thoughts or unfair judgments.  I promise to dance like no one is watching, do yoga for me, eat brownies with my best friends, run until I am tired and drink wine until the sun comes up, once and awhile.  I will live my life in a way that shows a commitment to respect my body.

Thanks for reading & feel free to stop by my blog sometime. xo Errign

  • What would you say in a letter to yourself?

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13 Comments to “Self-Love Reflection: Little Letters”
  1. Khushboo says:

    It’s sad but as a society, we are driven to finding more faults about our body than recognising its strengths. I love the optimism behind this post and can resonate with all of them. I love my body for being strong and fit and letting me do things that most people take for granted (exercise, daily walking, breathing without an incubator, etc)! I love you for letting me be the best me that I could possibly be!

  2. YEY ERRIGN! I already read & love your blog (and your little letters)

    What a great post :) I love that you promise your mind yoga– mine is probably asking for the same too haha

  3. Stephanie says:

    I laughed out loud at you thanking your legs for not being too hairy. So funny! I love this post…but then, I love all of your posts. :) Little letters are my favourites!

  4. Maren says:

    These little notes are a great idea! I think I’ll start doing it.

  5. This is a touching post :) . I think I will do this as well! But something’s telling me that my letters will be longer for the parts of myself that I neglect more. It seems like a good self-reflection exercise.

  6. peacebeme says:

    What a nice post, I am going to write a letter to myself today on my own blog.

  7. Hi Tina and Errign! What a great post. I love these little letters, they totally brightened up my day :)
    If I could write a little letter to myself, I’ll address it to my legs too – they’ve carried me through miles and miles, and while they sometimes feel sore (too often), I promise to take care of them forever ;)

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  9. Lee says:

    Haha, I like the part about your legs not being too hairy.

  10. [...] a Monday). While I had some down time, I caught up on blog posts from the weekend. I stumbled upon Errign’s guest post on Tina’s blog which was about writing little letters to herself. I loved the idea, and decided to [...]

  11. Sarah says:

    I really like the idea of writing “little letters” to myself. What a clarifying, creative idea!

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