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I was recently asked to check out Me, Myself, & I ~ 28 Days of Creative Self-Love by Cheryl Bridges for a project about reminding ourselves to love ourselves. I’m always up for something that can better myself especially with my focus on the positive lifestyle. I wasn’t disappointed with this book.
Cheryl takes you on a month long journey through self exploration and really dissects different attributes of self-love providing a detailed understanding of what it takes to love ourselves and how to challenge the obstacles that are standing in our way of self-love.
Not only does she provide a narrative that encourages you to take action, she also offers daily journal prompts and resources to take your journey to the next level.
I found myself relating to this book on so many levels because it covered topics I’ve reflected on, myself, over the past several years, but also brought out some new points I hadn’t considered. The journey to self love isn’t easy, and it’s by no means fast in so many cases, but over the years I love myself more than I used to, but not as much as I want to.
Day 12 is all about Creative Imagination. This chapter resonated with me because it’s actually something I’ve been working on getting in touch with more. Just yesterday I sat down for some quality time with the kids as we colored, using our imagination to bring out color on a blank page. The creative conversation was fantastic, and this morning when I woke I was greeted by the girls exploring the inspiration from the previous day by coloring more, but this time it was a game. Their color books were telling them what colors it needed to be colored and they had until spring to finish!
This took me back to my younger years, and just in time. The journaling reflection from this chapter asked me to look back to those childhood days and think about how I used imagination and creativity.
I was full of imagination back then. I remember playing with my nieces and nephews (we all grew up together around the same age, but that’s another story) in a game we called “Boat”. To play boat we would arrange chairs so the seats all pushed up together to form a big flat surface. Next we would pile blankets, books, pretend food, play dishes, stuffed animals and anything else we could think of that we’d need on our journey at sea. We’d climb on and spend hours hanging out in the boat. Sometimes we’d have a story line, sometimes there was adventure, other times we’d just hang out and enjoy each other’s company.
Boat was the best game ever, and I know I’m not the only one who remembers. To this day when we get together someone asks “do you remember when we played Boat?” Then there is a chorus of “YES! BOAT!! Loved that game!”
This memory brought back some great memories and reminds me how much fun playing is. I may have grown up, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take my imagination and creativity to the next level. This blog, after all, requires a great amount of creativity. We homeschool, so that also requires a bit of imagination as we break out of the norms of what education should look like. Most importantly, I’m discovering my childhood imagination again as I spend more and more time with the kids. Reading books, coloring, playing and sometimes just sitting back listening to their thoughts and imagination run wild.
How have you maintained a connection with your creative self? Tell me your experiences in the comments below.