When I discovered that this week’s color palette for the Summer of Color challenge was candy apple red and yellow, I knew I had to use a selfie I took last week.
I love this photo of myself. Because it’s goofy, and it’s not. Who doesn’t want Frida-esque poppies sprouting out of their head?
I’ve declared this the Summer of Exponential Self-Love. I did that the moment I decided I wanted to participate in a community who are playing this summer with exploring self and soul through the daily practice of taking selfies.
That’s an example of my structuring a container to support myself – something to make it easier, kinder, more gentle, and more fun to participate in something that feels a bit challenging and pokes at places where I’m tender.
I’m not only looking at myself, but letting others look at me as well. And I wanted to surround that which feels both profound and sacred with a little nest of comfort. So my self-care around this is declaring exponential self-love.
I relish self-reflection – I like digging deeply in the name of claiming that it’s all mine to know and I want to. I don’t really want to go through my life with secrets hidden from myself, and this summer I’m using the selfies as a lens to see things I might not have been able to look at in other ways before.
It’s stretchy and a bit uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean I can’t evoke laughter as well. And surround myself with flowers. I agree with Lydia Child who said:
Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.
Will you play along with me in the Summer of Exponential Self-Love? What thing can you be tender with yourself about? What thing can you celebrate? What makes you laugh? What does your self-care look like? What flowers would you like to wear on your head? Do tell – you know I love to hear.