What is Self Love 365?
Simply put, SelfLove365 is a daily practice that inspires and generates creativity and self-worth by finding something you love (or like, or tolerate) about yourself each day, then creating it in a 1″ x 1″ square, using your favourite supplies. For more on creating your own project, keep reading.
Why Self Love 365?
After taking on the 365 Self Portrait Project in 2013 (one self portrait a day for a year), I wanted to continue with some kind of daily project. I really loved the rhythm created by having something to do each day, the creativity involved in making each photograph unique, and the collection amassed (and sense of satisfaction at having completed it) at the end of the project. I considered doing some kind of gratitude project, like Lori Portka’s “A Hundred Thank-Yous”, where she created 100 paintings for people she treasured in her life. At some point, I will do a similar project, but what occurred to me is that I need to love myself before I can really love and give to others in such a big way.
This is a question that had been on my mind for a long time: Do I love myself? Sometimes it felt like the answer was no. The voices in my head were so nasty sometimes, so critical, that it hardly felt like love. On the other hand, I was dancing once or twice a week, I was doing the thing I loved the most (painting), I went to the gym every other day, and I ate relatively well (but lets not get into food now, because food is my go-to source of love when I am down). Those things all sound like I took care of myself, that I was doing things that show love for myself, right?
This is where the critical voices came in, saying, “You aren’t doing it right”, “You still aren’t good enough”, “If you loved yourself, you would just know it”, “If you loved yourself, you wouldn’t need to do this project”.
And so, Selflove365 was born. I drew something I loved (or liked) about myself in a 1″ x 1″ square per day, every day of 2014. The first 15 days were pretty easy, but then it felt like I could hit a wall soon, and run out of things I like. I didn’t, thankfully, and I knew that even when it was difficult, that I could surely still find something, even if it was my fingernail. I would sit at my desk and allow it to come to me, rather than planning ahead, the same way that I paint.
It’s been a tremendous journey. I’ve learned many things along the way. One is: why do I need to love myself in the first place? Another: if I am loving myself, who is the “I” doing the loving, and who is being loved? Yet another: I can not be described by any one thing. I am all things, at different times. We all are.
Self Love 365…Everyday? Really?
Doing something creative on a daily basis has brought so many benefits into my life; because I was drawing a square everyday, I wasn’t once hard on myself for not being creative, even when I hadn’t painted during a two week period. Also, the daily practice gave me a sense of accomplishment and commitment, even while I let go of other major commitments in my life (mainly, my marriage). I was also asked to teach a SelfLove365 class earlier in the year, and I jumped in, even though I haven’t taught a class before. It was a great experience, and has given me the courage to leap into other ventures. This class led me to also start a SelfLove365 Facebook group (please join us and share your projects!)
Being creative daily, or having some sort of daily practice, brings a rhythm to the day, a sense of stability, and grounding.
Best of all, the more creative you are, the more creative you get. It’s exponential. Seriously… start small, and big things can happen.
How to Start Your Self Love 365 Daily Practice!
Buy the Self Love 365 Print
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Belinda’s Self Love 365 Writing Project
Daily Self Love writing by Belinda Fireman. Each post is based on her Self Love 365 art square from last year. View Belinda’s Self Love 365 Writing Project.