Loving Yourself as You Are

This is a guest post by Jennifer Sikora.

I wrote a post the other day on my blog (the link is at the bottom in my author box) about some photos my daughter took. She is beginning to fall in love with photography and I am just letting her explore and snap photos of everything –including me. I don’t know if you feel like me, but I hate photos of myself because I have always had this self esteem issue.

Who understands what I am saying?

I mean, when we look in the mirror (especially myself) instead of saying — “I look amazing today”, I start picking out all the things that are wrong:

  • my teeth are not straight
  • I have too many freckles
  • my hair is too thick
  • I’m overweight
  • my clothes need to be updated

When my daughter asked if she could take photos of me — (gulp) without my makeup on, I hesitated. I’m not going to lie to you. I did not want her to photograph my face without  “my true face” on. However, her persistent pleading made me finally give in, so we went outside so she could practice on me.

She did a fabulous job editing the photos and creating a collage for someone just starting out (she’s 14). But what I found out, is that she sees the REAL me. Love is like that. What a lesson we can learn through  the eyes of our own kids.

So today — I challenge you to love yourself as you are. Yes, you may need to lose weight (God knows I do), and you may not be happy with many of your physical attributes, but loving yourself as you are is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

As Whitney says in my favorite song of all time — Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all.


  1. Dawn says

    Oh my word! This goes hand in glove with some issues I’m battling on my blog. Women are SO hard on themselves! Thank you for giving permission to be happy with who we are now.

  2. says

    You look beautiful! Your daughter has captured some lovely images of you. I agree, learning to love yourself is hard. I have often struggled with it myself.

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