By now, you have all probably seen this Youtube video from Dove.
If not, you should definitely watch it. In it, several women describe themselves to a forensic sketch artist who draws them. Then, strangers describe the same women to the same artist who draws them again. The differences between the two pictures are striking and point how how negatively most women view themselves. The video really got me wondering what my two pictures would look like.
This is something I struggle with every day. For many years, most of them during my adolescence, I struggled with psoriasis. (I wrote a little about that here, but it is not something I talk about very often.) Thanks, to pregnancy, the psoriasis is gone, but the lack of a positive self image remains. However, I am trying really hard to work on that for my own sake and that of my three daughters. My favorite post ever is Lessons I Want To Teach My Daughters. In that post, #3 tells them to "Be Confident In Yourself." They can't learn that if I can't model it.
So, with all that being said, I thought that for this week's Tuesday Ten I would challenge myself to list ten things I like about myself. (Perhaps not surprisingly, it was difficult to find ten things. I started out trying to focus on physical attributes, but got stuck after about five, so I included several personality traits as well.) I am challenging all of you to do this, too. If you are a blogger, link up and let us hear it. If you are not a blogger or even a writer, do it anyway. I would love it if you posted it in the comments section on the blog, but if you aren't comfortable with that, just write it down for yourself. Hopefully, it will be a small step for us to stop focusing on the negatives and start finding the positives!