Growing up, the unspoken message I received over and over again was that I shouldn't love myself.
Society told me my body wasn't good enough, not skinny enough, not smooth enough, some parts were too big, and others were too small. My conservative church upbringing unwittingly told me that I would always be secondary to the men in my life.
Women are continually given messages that we should underestimate ourselves and abilities. So often, I feel like we're told as women to ignore our own intuition and our sensibilities of right and wrong.
But what I hear God saying is that women can lead and should be believed, you're loved as you are.
And as I have started taking those messages to heart, I've realized what revolutionary act it is to love yourself: to practice self-care, to look in the mirror and feel beautiful, to say no, to believe in yourself.
Self-love is helping me love others better and taking care of myself helps me continue to do the work.
So today I'm asking only one thing of you, love yourself.
This pandemic is hard and scary and you're doing great.