The 2:1 Rule

Hello Joyflakes!

As I'm sure you won't be surprised to find out, I love reading blogs. Each morning when I wake up, I click through all of the notifications on my phone to clear them. I go through Facebook and twitter and instagram and snapchat, but I save bloglovin' for last. It's my favorite and I like taking a minute to catch up with my favorite bloggers.

This morning, I was incredibly happy to see on of my favorite series is back up. Louise, writer of Sprinkle of Glitter had put her Motivational Monday series and her blog on hold in order to focus on her family. Now that things are a bit more settled she is back and better than ever! She has truly turned something that takes many years for some women to get through and turned it into a positive force in her life. Not that I or anyone else is surprised. She is an amazing lady!

Motivational Monday is a wonderful series in which Louise finds a quote or a plaque and lets all of her readers know just why it spoke to her. It's a great source of positive energy on a Monday morning.

This mornings Motivational Monday is all about body image. The quick and dirty version goes a little something like this. A friend told Louise that she rarely has one of those moments when she feels good about the way she looks, and it made Louise sad, but also made her think about her own feelings about her body. And if you ask me, she has the perfect way to combat the negative thoughts.

She calls it the 2:1 rule. For every one bad thought you have about your body, you say two things that you love.

For example: Yesterday I pulled out my summer clothes and put on shorts for the first time this year. It was awful. I felt like a sausage and I hated every second of it. I promptly told myself I was too fat, yanked them off, and went out to purchase a bigger size with a longer inseam all the while mentally tearing myself apart for letting my desk job get the better of my waistline.

Instead, with the 2:1 rule, I probably would have had the same "you're fat" thoughts running through my head but for every time I thought it, I would also have said "your boobs look great in that shirt" and  "you've done a really good job on your eyebrows this week" or "you're so lucky you don't have to wear mascara with those long curly lashes".

What I love about this tidbit of motivation is that it isn't focused on changing anything about yourself. It's about showing yourself some love and allowing yourself to be happy with yourself just the way you are. Even if it's just for a minute.

So, thank you Louise. For your fantastic Motivational Monday. I'm going to make a goal of living with the 2:1 rule. And I would love it if you all joined me too!