11 Self-Love Quotes To Live By

11 Self-Love Quotes To Live By

Sometimes all we need to give ourselves is a little bit of inspiration!


When was the last time you truly took time to love yourself? What I mean by that is complimenting yourself, whether it's your favorite features or characteristics. What I mean by this is doing things that let your soul shine and be free. What I mean by this is setting time aside to appreciate the wonderful being that you are.

Here are some of my favorite self-love quotes of all time, and I hope you encompass them in your life!

"You owe yourself the love that you freely give to other people."


Humans are social creatures. They strive for validation and approval of others. This is done by doing things that make other people happy. It's okay to spread love to others, but it's important to give yourself that same amount of love and respect. Without it, you're not going to be able to love others.

"Love yourself. Be clear on how you want to be treated. Know your worth. Always."


Know your worth. Know your limits. Know how you are supposed to be treated and never expect anything less. Without holding yourself to a higher standard, it will reflect outward to other people. This may cause others to take advantage of you. Stand your ground no matter what.

"And I said to my body, softly, 'I want to be your friend.' It took a long breath, and replied, 'I have been waiting my whole life for this."


Society makes us so critical of our bodies. They must conform to a certain image in order to be considered beautiful. All bodies, no matter the shape or size, are lovely. We need to be grateful for our bodies: they're capable of so many things. Give love to your body, and it will give love back.

"Life is too short to spend it at war with yourself."


If we're spending all our time and energy putting ourselves down, we're going to miss out on life's wonderful moments. Put down the weapons: it's time to stop fighting against yourself. Be at one with yourself, and you will enjoy life so much more.

"Your biggest commitment must always be to yourself."


We all have so many commitments: work, school, relationships, family, friends, your health. It can be overwhelming to balance everything at once. In order to be able to focus on the task at hand, you must be first committed to yourself 100%.

"Confidence is not, 'They will like me.' Confidence is, 'I'll be fine if I don't.'"


Part of loving yourself is having confidence in yourself. If you are worried about what others think, you're going to get caught up in it and lose yourself. Don't ever lose sight of yourself out of spite of wanting someone else's approval. You can get along great without validation.

"Work on you, for you."


You're working on yourself? That's great! But, who is it for? If it is for someone else, forget about it. Work on yourself for your own reasons. You will be more likely to succeed in your goals by doing so.

"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms."


Flowers are just flowers. They grow into the most breathtaking sights. They don't worry about if they're growing too slow, or if they're not vibrant enough. They just do what they do. You need to do the same. A life spent comparing yourself to others isn't a happy one.

"It's okay...to make mistakes...to have bad days... to be less than perfect...to do what's best for you... to be yourself."


All of these statements in this quote couldn't be more true. It's okay to not be okay. It's okay to not be perfect. All of our imperfections are what make us who we are. That is astounding in itself.

"Just in case you have forgotten today: You matter. You are loved. You are worthy. You are magical. 


You're more than worthy. You are a blessing to another soul, regardless if you're aware of it or not. You are loved. You are a magical being, and nobody can take that away from you.

"Treat yourself like someone you love."


If you saw your parent, your sibling, your boyfriend/girlfriend, or your best friend talking badly about him/herself, what would you say? What would you do? You would probably list off all the reasons why they're so great. Do the same for yourself.

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I Hate That I Struggle To Love My 'Midsize' Body

I gained a few pounds, but that shouldn't be the end of the world, yet it is in a sense.


Junior year of college has been quite the wild ride. I've had the best academic year of my entire life, yet struggled, in the end, to even want to get anything done. I didn't care about a lot of the things that used to matter to me.

I gained weight at the beginning of my second semester and went up a jean size, so half of my summer wardrobe just doesn't fit me anymore, and it's made me feel embarrassed. I went from a size 6 to an 8/10, and while it doesn't seem like a big jump to the average person, it was to me. I don't like looking in the mirror and seeing a bigger pooch than usual, or how my thighs have gotten super irritated because they also got bigger. Chaffing I used to only have in the summer occurred in late January and even scared my inner thighs. It's not cute and it hurts when it flares up. I am terrified to wear my bikinis again because I know they won't fit, and the second I put on shorts my thighs are going to want to kill me if I don't kill them first.

I came to really love my body last summer after struggling through a rough breakup where I stopped caring about myself. I owned myself last summer and as much as I want to again this summer, I'm really struggling with the idea of it.

All I feel like I see on social media are skinny girls with zero hint of a pooch or thick thighs in sight. I've never been a skinny girl and I never want to be, but I can't help but envy the people I've seen online and in person. Of course, what I see on social media isn't really accurate, but it's still been tough to look at these girls who seem like they don't have a care in the world. They can eat whatever they want and still look flawless. They can throw on a bikini and not have to feel like they need to suck everything in so no one sees their pooch hanging over their bikini bottom. As a stress eater who is still too terrified to try on her bikinis, I'm not looking forward to showing my body off when all I want to do sometimes is hide it because I don't feel happy with what I see.

I will always love being a curvier girl and YouTubers like Sierra Schultzzie, Carrie Dayton, and Lucy Wood have given me a new boost of inspiration to embrace the body I have right now. I'm not skinny but I'm not plus sized either. I feel pressure from myself and certain people in my life to be skinnier and not "let myself go." I

'm so happy to have friends who have helped me through my struggles and support me, even when I don't want to support myself. These YouTuber's have opened my eyes to the fact that this body deserves to be loved just as much as my former, smaller body.

I want to love myself with 100% of my being and I hate how much hatred I've allowed to go on inside of me. There is only one me and I need to be proud of her. Maybe she gained some weight and isn't what society expects from a girl, but she's still amazing and has so much to offer.

I wish I could see more girls like me on YouTube or social media offering a representation of my body type, which I hardly ever see. Aerie and American Eagle have done a fantastic job of including different body types and it's been a great help in seeing that they really to make clothes for all types of women, not just a size zero to two. Added representation really does wonders for someone suffering from low body confidence like me.

While I hope to begin my journey into losing a few pounds this summer by jogging whenever I get the chance, I'm not going to put intense pressure on myself to look a certain way. I am single for the summer and exploring life with my best friends by my side. I'm here to be the best version of me that I can. I cannot let negative thoughts about myself to dictate how I feel every day. I am strong, I am beautiful, and I need to love myself and my body as I am.

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11 Things You NEVER Say To A College Girl Trying To Get Into Shape

Just never talk about a person's weight.


When my family and friends joked that I was going to gain 15 pounds in my freshman year of college as a result of the "Freshman 15," I thought it was what it was supposed to be: a joke. However, as the year has come to an end, I realized that I actually did put on a couple of pounds, albeit it wasn't the predicted 15.

As I told those that I wanted to get into an ideal shape for my body, I was met with some insensitive and ignorant remarks. Everyone thought that I mean just losing the weight I had put on.

1. "You walk to all of your classes, why aren't you losing weight that way?"

My legs are more toned than they ever have been before. However, most of the weight I have been gaining has gone directly to my gut (annoying!) and walking does not remedy that. Unfortunately, I have to stick to ab workouts.

2. "But you look fine to me!"

I don't feel healthy to myself. I'm not trying to stay in shape for anyone else, just myself, thanks. I appreciate you trying to make me feel better about my body image but I know something has to be done.

3. "I didn't gain any weight in college."

Good for you. I did. I'm trying to do something about it.

4. "Just stop drinking."

I don't drink. Really, the only liquid I consume is water or iced tea. I don't like soda and alcohol makes me nauseous way too easily.

5. "Isn't the gym free on campus for students?"

Yes, but some people don't like working out in front of others. I am one of those people. My friend lives in an apartment complex that has their own gym and almost no one is ever there but not everyone has that luxury. Also, some are busy and do not have time for a quick jog or to stretch.

6. "You should try this diet/pills/exercise routine."

I am thankful that you are trying to help but my diet is just eating healthy and having a few cheat days in between. I know what exercises work best for me and I am just not taking pills. Bodies adjust differently.

7. "Don't starve/force yourself to throw up."

Trust me, I know. I'm trying to lose the weight healthily. If you do find yourself practicing unhealthy eating habits or realizing your body image is deteriorating, the NEDA Hotline is (800) 931-2237. Please reach out if you are going through hardships.

8. "Won't you have to buy a whole new wardrobe?"

If I drop (or even add) a size or two. We grow out and grow tired of clothes on the regular, what's the difference if you have to buy some because of a weight change? Plus, who doesn't love buying new clothes?

9. "Just eat healthier."

Didn't think of it! Options are limited at college where the dining halls don't offer all that much that is actually good for your body. Now that I'm at home, it's easier. But I'm already trying to eat healthy.

10. "You've evened out since the last time I saw you!"

This is code for you've put on some weight. I hear it mostly from older relatives because my friends will flat out tell me if I've gotten a little chunky.

11. "You're just stressed."

Personally, this one gets me livid. I do admit that when I am stressed or anxious, I do turn to food for comfort but when I am delighted and genuinely happy, will my body magically revert into a fit state?

Sadly, no.

Honestly, I am just trying to get my body back into shape. For me, that means cutting back on greasy foods and kicking a bad habit of sitting on my butt all day. For others, it could mean more or less. As long as your body is in good physical condition and you are content, the number on the scale and others' thoughts shouldn't matter. Take care of yourself.

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