21 Self-Love Quotes That Every Girl Needs To Hear

21 Self-Love Quotes That Every Girl Needs To Hear

Always remember to take the time to appreciate what makes you, you.

We all need a little extra boost of positivity every once in a while. Learning to love who you are can be hard. Most of the time we are filled with self-doubt instead of confidence. SO as a reminder to yourself of how truly amazing you are, read these 21 quotes to brighten your day:

1. “So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
-- Jorge Luis Borges

2. “Know who you are. Know what you want. Know what you deserve. And don’t settle for less.”
-- Tony Gaskins

3. “Anyone can find the dirt on someone. Be the one that finds the gold.”
-- Proverbs 11:27
4. “Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes life puts you in touch with people you need to meet—to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become.”
-- Robert Tew
5. “You carry so much love in your heart. Give some. To yourself.”
-- r.z.
6. “In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experience that shaped you.”
-- Andrea Dykstra

7. “Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.”
-- Pema Chodron

8. “There are plenty of places in which you will face rejection; the mirror… should not be one of them.”
-- N.R. Shephard

9. “The fact that someone else loves you doesn’t rescue you from the project of loving yourself.”
-- Sahaj Kohli

10. “If you don’t value yourself, then you will always be attracted to people who don’t value you either.”
-- Sabrina Alexis

11. "Be a better you, for you."
-- Inara Bueno

12. "I am mine. Before I am EVER anyone else's."
-- Nayyirah Waheed

13. "The quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do exactly what you are afraid to do."
-- Anon

14. "Be yourself. No one can say you're doing it wrong."
-- Charles M. Schulz

15. "Allow yourself to transfom as many times as you need to be fully happy and free."
-- Yung Pueblo

16. "You have to learn to get up from the table when love is no longer being served."
-- Nina Simone

17. "Lonliness is a sign that you are in desperate need of yourself."
-- Rupi Kaur

18. "Choose, everyday to forgive yourself. You are human, flawed, and most of all worthy of love."
-- Alison Malee

19. "If there's one thing I'm willing to bet on, it's myself."
-- Beyonce

20. "Embrace the glorious mess that you are."
-- Elizabeth Gilbert

21. "Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won't accept."
-- Anna Taylor

Always remember to take the time to appreciate what makes you, you. Love who you are and those who encourage you to do the same. It's more important than you think.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.

It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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Internet outraged at Delhi Aunty for Sl*t Shaming

Public outrage - justified or an overreaction?


When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

Shivani and her friends later confronted this woman while taking the video. They wanted a public apology for her statement and followed her around. The older woman stood by her statement. Fair enough. They felt threatened by her statements and wanted an apology for her actions. The older lady, however, was brazen about her ideologies and refused to apologize. In fact, she threatened to call the cops for harassment.

The woman who made the regressive statements. Shivani Gupta

While the anger and outrage by the women who uploaded this video are justified, several questions are being raised on whether the older woman was later harassed for her statements. Public shaming is not the way to solve this issue.

"We cannot dismantle a culture of shaming by participating in it." - Rega Jha.

Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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