Things I Love Thursday

First and foremost, if you haven’t read the blog  Gala Darling stop and check it out now! A few months ago my friend Sara posted a link to Gala’s TEDxCMU talk, entitled Radical Self Love. Before I truly get into this blog post you must watch this video. I love Ted Talks, but this one in particular really spoke to me. I 100% agree with Gala that women need a serious dose of self-love.

I love the different steps that Gala suggests, from creating a Radical Self Love Bible to writing down every single compliment you have received. It is so easy to get caught up in the awful things people have said to us or said about us, but both of these steps allow us to take control of our happiness and focus on our self-love. The third example that Gala suggests is “Things I love Thursday” which I decided to implement for myself on this sunny Thursday.

Things I love Thursday

  • Cupcakes
  • My family and their endless support
  • My passionate and driven friends who inspire me daily
  • My dog Scout, who’s constant energy never fails
  • Sunflowers
  • Pork roll egg & cheese sandwiches
  • Reading a book that I cannot put down
  • Having that friend you can call, who will always answer no matter the hour
  • Sunshine peeking through dark skies
  • Sydney, Australia
  • That first cup of coffee in the morning
  • Long summer beach days
  • Sunsets with cotton candy colored skies
  • Bucknell and my many adventures there
  • Delta Gamma, a sisterhood I cannot imagine my life without
  • Meeting a stranger and somehow knowing that we will become friends
  • My blue eyes and dark hair, a rarer combination
  • A glass of wine, wine has a way of making things better
  • Snapchats with my friends in Australia
  • Snail mail
  • Netflix in bed
  • Reconnecting with an old friend
  • Days that you know you will never forget
  • Fish and chips
  • Snapping candid photos
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Tea, any kind at any hour
  • Surprises, no matter how big or small
  • Country music with the windows down, driving on back roads in the summer
  • The perfect pair of jeans
  • Recognizing that it is okay to say no sometimes
  • Hugs
  • Organizing my closet/room/purse…anything!
  • Runner’s high
  • Watching YouTube movie trailers for hours on end
  • Kate Spade
  • Daydreaming about where my life may lead
  • Taking chances
  • Winged lined eyes and red lipstick
  • Laughing until my stomach hurts and tears streaming down my face
  • Realizing that you are a role model for someone that you admire

Lately I have been trying to take up Gala’s other tip that really helped her, to stop reading celebrity gossip and tabloids. When I was growing up I never had the posters of boy bands or other celebrities all over my walls, instead I thought they were cool but wasn’t obsessed with them. I knew that the likelihood of my meeting a celebrity and falling in love with them one day was pretty slim. I enjoyed pop culture through music/movies etc but I saw celebrities as a separate entity from my life completely. Now I cannot help but grab the latest copy of People magazine or US Weekly whenever I get my nails done at a nearby salon. It is sometimes a nice escape to read about the dramatic lives of celebrities. However, I know that reading about these extravagant lives are 1) probably not entirely accurate and 2) bring out the worst in people. We read headlines like “Scandal: His secret past” etc. Instead of reading these stories that are more likely than not fabricated tales, I want to stop giving in to judgmental reads.

The other tip that I think is so important to our society is redefining beauty. I look around at my different friends and see how beautiful they truly are, whether they realize it in themselves or not. I think that it is so important to look beyond the outer appearance and instead get to know the inside. That is where the true beauty lies. Each of my friends is beautiful in her own right and I only hope that they are able to see what I see in each of them. One day the current standards of beauty will broaden, but until that day I hope that we each see how beautiful we are, without needing outside confirmation. Self love is crucial, RuPaul said it best “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

To end this post I want to include the Radical Self Love Manifesto that Gala read aloud to the TEDxCMU audience. It is a great reminder to have whenever we get down on ourselves or are lacking some serious self-love.



2 thoughts on “Things I Love Thursday

  1. Thank you for sharing this Ted Talk! It was incredibly inspiring, and I definitely think that I want to try it! I know I struggle a lot with self-confidence, and it’s important to take steps to work towards love, or as Gala would say, Radical Self Love.

    La Vie en Zoe


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