My Favorite Posts from 2017

I’m writing this later than I meant to, but I really liked the idea of a round-up of my personal favorite posts, so I’m cranking it out anyway.

We are going to start this list with the 2017 blog post that got the most views. This Lazy Woman’s Guide to Housework was incredibly popular with you all! If you enjoyed that one, you’ll likely enjoy 12 Extremely Useful Spoonie Cleaning Tips also.

Next up is Resource Roundup: Over 25 Amazing Sources for Info on Self-Acceptance and More. I love this post! It took a ton of work, but there are just so many great links, it was well worth it. I look forward to making another similar post this year.

I felt 12 Signs You Have Low Self-Esteem and 7 Ways to Overcome Low Self-Esteem were a great complimentary set of posts. If you haven’t yet, please check them out, and share them on Facebook and Twitter! Or, maybe, Pin them for later.

The Fundamental Key to Happiness made the list since it’s a great post to get the main idea of my blog and why I’m doing this. (My Inspiration For This Blog pt 1 and pt 2 gives more insight.)

The Value of Selfies was really fun to write. I’ve never felt like selfies were a bad thing, and what I found supported that. Give it a read and see all the benefits from selfies!

5 Myths About Body Acceptance makes the list because I feel it is a very important message. Getting the word out about body acceptance is critical, but fighting the lies and misunderstandings is just as crucial.

Finally, I’m adding 38 Things I’ve Learned So Far in My 38 Years. It was fun to share so much about myself with you all. If you would head over to that post and leave a comment telling me something you learned in 2017, that would be awesome! I’d love to hear from you!

The author's name, Leigh, in red script, to the left with a coffee cup to the right.

Resource Roundup: Over 25 Amazing Sources for Info on Self-Acceptance and More

I’ve been told by my friends that I have awesome “Google Fu” skills. Maybe that’s why I love looking up things, or maybe I have great skills because I love the search. Either way, I spend a lot of time searching either Google, or more likely, Pinterest, for any and everything I’m interested in learning about. I have quite the personal Pinterest account, and my blog’s account is getting there too.  With over a thousand pins (after only 3 months), there is a ton of info to go through. I thought it would be helpful to round up some of my favorite, most useful pins that I’ve found to share in one place, and so this resource round-up was conceived!

Self-Acceptance

Resource Roundup

First, if you are new here, you might want to check out this post and this one, to see what this “self-acceptance” thing is all about. Now for some great links.

How Radical Acceptance Can Help Your Self-Esteem – This article, by Emily Roberts, is filled with great info such as:

“Radical acceptance doesn’t mean you approve of what happened, you can hate it. It doesn’t mean that once you accept the situation you will become soft or allow other bad things to happen to you. This is fear-based thought. The truth is, you can’t change the situation, but you can change how you want to live your life”

Do yourself a favor and go check out the rest of the post. You will never regret it.

Self Esteem Interactive Online Tool – A note to my readers on their mobile devices, this link is going to work much better on a computer. Bummer. But, it is worth getting your butt to a computer to check it out. This interactive tool from Simply Stepping is such a wonderful idea! I’ve, personally, never seen something like it when it comes to self-esteem/love tools. It really does a great job visually demonstrating how to replace those negative thoughts we all have.

8 Ways That Self Acceptance Will Change Your Life – This post by Christie Inge gives a phenomenal run down on why to mess with this whole self-acceptance thing.

How to Silence Negative Thinking – If you click on the link, there is an article to go with this that you can go read if you want. I really like the part that I pinned though:

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This infographic from mindbodygreen is fantastic:

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If you want to look into self-acceptance some more, feel free to check out (and follow!) my Self Acceptance Pinterest board.

Self Love

Self love can feel wrong at first if you are new to it. It isn’t narcissism or selfish. It is vital. I haven’t written anything solely focused on it yet, but I have some great links to share.

What Self-Love Means – There is so much I love about the Tiny Buddha site, and this article is no exception. Please check it out. Banu Sekendur has many examples listed out, and simply makes understanding this concept as basic as possible. This is an excellent post all around.

Daily Self-Love Checklist – I just love this idea. Please click on the link to go to her site, and actually download the list. You will get a much better quality list if you do that rather than try to just save it from here. (Disclaimer: I do not support or encourage any type of dieting. I am a firm believer that the diet culture needs to be left far behind us. More on that later.)

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22 Ways to Love Yourself More – This post by Sharon Martin has terrific ideas for showing yourself some love. I enjoy the included graphic that summarizes it. Do visit the link though since she expands a bit on each idea listed.

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3 Ways to Practice Self Love – I adore this woman’s writing style. Please go check out Alessadra Braun’s site and take a look around. She has a free Self-Love Bootcamp that looks just tremendous!

How to Fall In Love With Yourself – I love this post as a “how to” fall in love with yourself and not another “ways to” show yourself love. Being told how to show yourself love is all well and good, but it’s like being told to hug your pain-in-the-ass sister/brother as a child. This article helps you to find that love for yourself that may be hiding for now. Marelisa Fabrega of Daring To Live Fully does such a wonderful job getting the “how” across to her reader.

How to Feel Unconditional Self-Love – This post has such a beautiful way of describing self love and how to find and show it. Suzanne Hayn has a remarkable way with words and is a must to check out.

Need more on self-love? I have a Pinterest board full of it.

Self Care

Self care is extremely important. I have touched on it a few times here and here. There will be more in the future. I have found some great links on the subject as well.

First I have this great graphic. The link on Pinterest didn’t go back to the original creator, so I’m not linking back. Instead, here is Pamela Redmond Satran’s site.

10 Scientific Ways to Become Happier – I am a firm “believer” in science. Mention something that doesn’t have peer reviewed science behind it, and I’m going to give you a raised eyebrow. That is why I was so tickled to see this chart. Each approach included has actual science behind it as to why it works. If you click the link, the article has some links to articles that explain the science.

Quick Solutions for Panic Attacks – This chart has simple, quick ways to try to get a leg up on a panic attack. I love the simplicity, and how user friendly it is. You can easily print it out, cut out the examples, and keep them handy for any panic attack. In addition, Simply Stepping has a post about panic attacks and what to do right on that page. There is also a link to a one on one session for more anxiety support.

6 Ways to Practice Self-Care When Rest is Out of Reach – This is the perfect post for anyone who thinks they are just too busy to take care of themselves. Brittany L. Bergman gets it and tells you just why you are wrong.

Seven Self-Care Strategies for Those Struggling – This is a beautifully written post about the less fun parts of self care. The author of The Span of My Hips covers the topic with understanding and wonderful insight. Don’t miss out on their knowledge.

25 Ways to Use Your Love Language for Self Care – Check out this link to find out your love language, and get suggestions for self care related to your needs. This infographic summarizes well, but check out Liz’s site Soul Warriors for more insight, challenges to join, and freebies.

How to Create a Self-Care Plan, And Why You Need One – Sometimes we just need someone to hold our hands to get something done. That’s why I think this is a great post to check out. Morgan, owner of the blog Enlightened State, does just that when it comes to a self care plan. She explains why you need one, gives an example (of her’s!) and even offers a free printable worksheet if you need it. So great!

Create an Emergency Self-Care Kit – Self care kits are awesome to keep on hand for when you are having a bit (or a lot) of a breakdown, and need to take care of yourself, but can’t think of what you need.  Jenny, of Inky Paws Art, shows you hers and has a great visual full of suggestions for you to use to make your own. Make sure you check it out!

Big List of Self-Care Activities – Shaunacey, of Simply Shaunacey, has created a wonderfully long list of self-care activities to check out. When you are making up your own list of ideas for planning out your self-care, visit this page and give this list at least a once over.

If you want more on Self-Care, visit my Pinterest board. I also have one filled with DIY self care products.

A More Fulfilling Life

Sometimes you find you need more to your life, a purpose that is more than just living day to day. I looked for mine for a long time, and I know it is a terrible feeling to live with. So, I have compiled a variety of pins with ideas on how to find your purpose or lead a more fulfilling life in general.

9 Ways to Figure Out What You’re “Meant” To DoBrianna Wiest, an author at Bustle has nine great questions for you to ask yourself. Once you get to the end of the list, there is an excellent chance you will have an idea of what you are “meant” to do in this world. At the very least, you should learn more about yourself, and it is always nice to have more insight to your inner workings.

Three Necessary Ingredients For Creating A Life You Love – Please do yourself a favor, and see what Karen from One Salty Kiss has written on the subject of not just loving your life, but creating a life you love. She covers the topic in a fantastic fashion. Don’t miss out.

4 Signs You Aren’t Living Your Purpose – Be sure to click on the link and enjoy the post related to this graphic. Rachael, author of the blog HerAfter, has plenty more to offer on these points, and it is well worth your time to go read it.

Any of these three work for you? Need different ideas, or just want to do more reading on this subject? I have plenty more on my Pinterest board.

That’s all I have this time. Let me know if you liked this idea, and I’ll be sure to make up another resource roundup in the future. Remember, I have a lot more pinned over at Pinterest, and I’ll be adding more all of the time.

Leigh

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