“Present yourself always
As who you would be,
And that is the person
The world will see.”

You know me as GG. Mom, blogger, writer, hair enthusiast. Lover of pretty things and positive words. Always ready to point out the lesson and the silver lining.

If you know me in real life, then you know that I’m a serial smiler and a peacemaker. You might even know about the weird things I do with my hands when I talk or how I behave when I’ve had too much to drink. My quirks. My skeletons. All of the things that make me self-conscious at times, but also make me who I am.

I know that I’m a good person, but I don’t feel that I always live up to my own expectations. I’m sure you know how that is. I also know that I’m talented and smart, but sometimes when I’m trying to create or produce, this truth escapes me. I’m intimidated by my own growth. Tracee Ellis Ross captured it perfectly when she said, “I’m learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.”

Do you ever feel like a walking contradiction? Simultaneously pleased with yourself and yet conscious-stricken for no specific or valid reason? Don’t allow this duality to discourage you.

The key to your happiness and success is directly tied to your ability to approve of yourself. I know it can be difficult to stay detached from the opinions of others, but it’s necessary. And really, it’s the only way to be free.

Don’t think that you have to play small or sell yourself short in order to be gracious. Let go of your judgements and worries about how you’re perceived. The most enlightening thing in the world is to learn to be kind to yourself and accept all that you are.

“At this very moment, you may be saying to yourself that you have any number of admirable qualities. You are a loyal friend, a caring person, someone who is smart, dependable, fun to be around. That’s wonderful, and I’m happy for you, but let me ask you this: are you being any of those things to yourself?”

Please share with me in the comments why you are a self-loving, self-approved woman. I really want to know and writing it out will surely give you a boost.

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PLPT is co-authored by Kim Jackson and GG Renee with the intention of connecting with women through messages of self-love and personal freedom. We believe that true beauty starts on the inside and radiates outward, so maintaining emotional health and balance should be an essential part of every woman’s beauty regimen. We use this platform as an opportunity to share our personal experiences, and to help other women who are seeking guidance to find their own truths and live fabulously