A few of you have asked about Affirmations that I tell myself and ones that you can use, and whether they work. The answer is YES. “They” always say that if you tell yourself something often enough, you will start to believe it. And thats is absolutely true from my experience. Affirmations are great ways to recondition your brain, set your mood from when you wake up and wind down when you go to bed, and promote positivity, growth, and all the things. As a black woman, self growth really starts with affirmations from within because, in my experience, you won’t get that type of love from anywhere else. There have been a lot of negative things said about my body shape, my hair, my demeanor, etc. Either I am “not black enough”, or I am “too black”.As my late wishful husband Malcom X said “The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” So here are my affirmations for my version of black, for my version of myself:
I am strong BECAUSE I cry and am vulnerable with myself.
My short hair and strong build are FINE.
I do not have to take on the names people call me. I AM ME.
Seeking help and being vulnerable is normal and okay.
I respect and love my body AS IT IS. Every dip, curve, knock knee, bulge. I don’t need to look like what social media think is all black women.
I am beautiful because I am black. My blackness is magical in and of itself.
I am loved, valued, and appreciated by MYSELF, first and foremost, and others.
I GOT THIS.
Just because I am single does not mean I am unloved.
Doing my best is enough.
Doing nothing and taking time to myself IS OKAY!
Oh man. As I write these, I am tearing up. Often times, affirmations go against how we initially feel, but we need to tell ourselves these things to promote positivity and growth and put all the good vibes in the air.
Right now, I feel low. And I need to tell myself that the life I am living and the lives that I am impacting IS ENOUGH. It’s all okay. I am enough, as I am, in my entirety. YOU are enough, as you are, in your entirety.
This is my story, this is my journey.
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Positivity, Growth, and All the Things.