You Are Great!

The kids had finally gone to bed, and I was enjoying a quiet, Sunday evening with myself.  I was unwinding with the aid of my Smash book.  (And oh-me-oh-my, have you heard of K&Company's Smash books?  They are a party in a binder, a hip new way to scrapbook and journal.  And I WILL be posting about the art of smashing soon.  So...uh...I guess...stay tuned!)

So there I was, working on my Smash book, basking in the long overdue silence that only seems to come at nighttime at my house.  I turned to a fresh, unmarred new page and was met with the most delightful, polka-dot scrapbook paper.  There, smack dab in the middle of the page, was a doll-like image of a girl.  Beneath her feet were the words, "A is for......."

Hmm?  What to do, what to do?  What to do with this page?  A is for....?  Hmm?

Then it smacked me (kind of like how Cam did when he smacked me in the face with my checkbook...but this is figurative, of course...):  A IS FOR ALEISHA!

I'll devote a whole page to myself, I thought.  I'll list nice words that describe me; adjectives for my awesomeness!  WAIT!  WHAT?  No!  That's silly.  A page all about me and my characteristics!?  Why would I do that?

And then, my friends, an epiphany smacked me again:  Why WOULDN'T I do that!

As women, we are superfluously hard on ourselves.  We are our own worst critiques.  We bombard our extraordinary selves with negative thoughts of...well...crap.  I'm not good enough.  I'm not thin enough.  I'm not smart enough.  I'm not as good of a mother as she is.  I'm not as talented as she is.  I'm not pretty.  I'm not this and that and blah, blah, blah!  Why?  Why, why, why do we do that?  Why do we beat ourselves up?  Why are we so fastidious in our quest to mangle our self esteems?  When in actuality, we are inherently glorious and amazing.  WE ARE!  We are women!  We are creatures of love, compassion, selflessness, and beauty.  We can walk tall knowing there is no one else like us, no one better than us, no one who can take our necessary places in this beautiful world.

You bet your sweet bippy I dedicated a page to myself in my book!  I thought long and hard about the adjectives I wanted to use to describe myself.  I searched my heart, reminded myself of who I know I am, and started to write.  Here are some of my words:

creative kind funny romantic quirky sensitive poetic smart well-read 
nice friendly silly happy talented loving sassy spiritual sentimental 
thoughtful loveable fun hilarious goal-oriented good compassionate 
real faithful authentic strong interesting brave unique witty loyal 
artistic spunky religious sincere sweet eccentric well-rounded motivated 
special grateful crafty bubbly divine joyful memorable WORTHWHILE 

I AM worthwhile, and YOU are worthwhile.  Sometimes--and always at low times--we need to remember that.  We need to remember how great we truly are.

Here's my "Mama Leisha" challenge for you (and if you didn't know I was issuing a challenge when you started reading this post...well, then....SURPRISE!):  Write down the adjectives that best describe you.  Use good words.  Be kind to yourself.  Put it down on paper and make it tangible.  Believe what you write.  Refer to it often.  I know it will bring sunshine into your life when the clouds of self doubt and loathing start to roll in.  It will make your heart happy.

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  1. I just got a smash book from Michael's. I can't wait to use it!

    Saying hi from Happy Homemaker Monday from Diary of a SAHM :)

  2. love this!! (: and your hair is so super cute.

    found you through the blog hop.


  3. OK, okay, I may need to figure out this smashbook thing. If YOU are doing it, it has to be cool :) I adore you and I loved reading all the words you wrote about yourself!!! Yes, you are hilarious, lovable, authentic, and fun! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!! xoxoxo Holly

  4. Great inspiring post! I may just have to go do this now! I’m a new follower of your blog from the Monday Mingle Blog Hop! Would love if you could stop by mine. Thanks :0)

    The Three Whiskateers

  5. I LOVE this!! Add "beautiful" and "an amazing friend" to your list!!
    I've been thinking about you so much lately!! And as always, missing you like crazy! I saw a Smashbook @ Michaels the other day and thought of you! :) I had never heard of them until you put a photo up on IG.
    I hope this week is treating you well, my beautiful, amazing friend. I love you!

  6. You are so right! We are so down on ourselves all the time. We all need to take a minute to remember what makes us great! I know it's been hard for me when I'm having a bad day with my baby, when he wouldn't sleep when I wanted him to and was tired or he was just crying and I couldn't figure out why. I had to stop and remind myself I AM a good mom! :)
    Found you on the Mingle.
    Follow me back please! :)

  7. I seriously love this post so much. My gosh are we hard on ourselves as women (I know I am). I LOVE that you dedicated that page to YOU! I am sooo buying a SmashBook soon, and soooo having a party with my girlfriends to start on it! EEEEE! How fun would that be if you lived here! xoxoxoxoxoxo! (BTW, I agree with all your adjectives!!!)

  8. You are so uplifting! Thanks for inspiring me every time I read your blog to be the best ME!:)

  9. So umm..what does it say about me that I have an entire smash book devoted to me and my loves, addictions and craziness? I only have 3 pages done, but still...:)

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