What does it mean to love ourselves?
Each day in this series, we’ll explore what that can look and feel like.
If you prefer reading to watching, here’s a transcript of the video.
Well, hi there, and welcome to Day 1 of Love Thyself: 30 Ways, 30 Days. If you are at all curious about what that means, it is a very good question, and I’ll get to that in a second.
First, I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kristen Quirk, and I am here in sunny Florida. I don’t say that to gloat, but it is beautiful and so there are lots of people out enjoying the day, so if you hear voices in the background or cars going by, please excuse them. I just wanted to get outside, say hello, and introduce this 30-day series.
It came to mind because we hear a lot these days about loving ourselves, and especially … Valentine’s Day was on Tuesday, the day of love, and people are still kind of in that love mode. So, we hear a lot about loving ourselves, right, and I do believe that’s a really important thing. I am actually really passionate — one of my biggest passions is connecting. And I call myself a connection catalyst and an empowerment coach because I believe that the connections that we make, both within ourselves and for ourselves, and with other people, are some of the most meaningful and important things that we can do in life.
So, I wanted to explore some of what that means. You know, loving ourselves often means — or I think it can mean (some people have described it as meaning) — you know, taking time to meditate, or going for yoga (a yoga class), or getting a massage, or going to a spa, or spending time with a girlfriend. And those are absolutely ways that we can love ourselves. And at the same time there are lots of other ways. For example, the internal conversation that we’re having with ourselves, the way that we talk to ourselves internally, you know, the patterns of thought that we allow ourselves to engage in on a daily basis. Those things are important, too. That means a lot. What is going on inside of ourselves?
So, just wanted to offer — 30 days — you know, a quick hit for five to 10 minutes a day. Just a thought to think about. Maybe a way to reframe what’s happening, or a way that we can think about things in a more loving way.
So, the thought for today is about bringing ourselves back to that moment-to-moment beingness. You know, we might have a lot going on. Life is very busy. Life can feel overwhelming with family, with work, even with our own empowerment, our own self-growth, that internal voice that we hear. Everything can start to feel kind of overwhelming, and I think one of the really key ways that we can love ourselves is to just bring ourselves back to this moment.
You know, there’s a saying about life, you know, one day at a time. I believe that life is really about one moment at a time, and just remembering. Becoming aware. You know, maybe, that our thoughts for the past 10 minutes or the past hour have been kind of running like a freight train in one direction that doesn’t feel very good, and so you start to feel it in your body and you don’t feel good. You get cranky, you start to lash out at people or snap at people.
So, you know, becoming aware of where we’re at in the moment and just bringing ourselves back to the moment and breathing — taking a deep breath, closing our eyes. This is stuff that we can do at our desks at work. We can go into the bathroom for five minutes and breathe. You know, close our eyes and remind ourselves that, in this moment, everything is OK: We are good, life is good, we’re safe. It’s just being here, right here, right now in this moment, all is well.
So that is just, like I said, a quick hit, quick thought for the day. This is my first video. It is Day 1. It’s my first selfie video, so please excuse the shaky camera and anything else that’s not professionally done about this video. It’s just very off-the-cuff. Really just wanted to be here to share with you, and I also wanted to offer you a gift from you to me — from ME to YOU! (see, I said off-the-cuff!) — from me to you, and that is a free hourlong strategy session.
So again, you know, as I mentioned, I’m really passionate about helping people connect — again, with within themselves, with each other — and often what can facilitate that is clarity. So, I’m more than happy to spend an hour with you. Again, my gift to you. And if you are interested in taking me up on that offer, please message me here on Facebook or contact me (if you happen to be seeing this through my website, use the Contact form) and I’ll get in touch with you and we can go ahead and set up a time.
So, thank you so much for being here. I’m going to go ahead and post this, imperfections and all, and I look forward to being with you tomorrow.