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What Is Self-Acceptance? | Self-Care Sundays With Gabby

Self-acceptance concept is a photo of a light skinned black woman her hair is styled in a loose coiled afro. She's smiling directly at the camer while leaning her cheek against her shoulder.

What Is Self-Acceptance? | Self-Care Sundays With Gabby

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”

~Amy Bloom

Hi everyone. I hope that you are all doing great. Work has been great so far.

This week I want to talk about self-acceptance.

No-one has self-care figured out. I sure don’t :), but I do know that I have a tendency to downplay my feelings and emotions. Maybe you are similar.

Everyone has a different idea of what self-acceptance is, but to me, self-acceptance means that you love and embrace all of you. Flaws and all. Before I discovered self-care, I doubted myself. I would constantly tell myself that I wasn’t good enough, I would blame my disability for all of the negative things.

As I started to gain a better understanding of self-care I realized that I was being very toxic towards myself. No one told me any of the things I mentioned above. No one said that I wasn’t good enough, but the more I spoke those things outloud, the more my mind would repeat it over and over.

I am not perfect, far from it actually. I still have difficult days and I still struggle with my mental health, but over the past few years I have started to really and truly love and accept myself. I accepted my blindness, I accepted my flaws, I started to say positive things about myself. Because the truth is that I am good enough, I am worthy, I am who I am, and if people can’t accept all of me then they don’t deserve my time.

Rear shot of a female motivtional speaker on stage in the spotlight in a darkened auditorium.

There might be someone out there that thinks that I’m just another 23 year old writing about self-care, but it is so much more than self-care. I want to help inspire people, I love talking about mental health because there is such a stigma surrounding it. I want to use my platform and voice to help others because I know it can be really hard when you keep everything bottled in.

Self-acceptance is a process. Even though I started saying positive things about myself, the work isn’t done. We are all a work in progress, whether you are 15, or if you are 60. We all have a purpose, we deserve to show ourselves the same love and care that we show others, and we are all good enough, we are all worthy.

So yes, I accept myself, and I love who I am, and this is just my idea of self acceptance. What does it mean to you? This doesn’t mean that we are perfect, it just means that we have made the decision to fully embrace who we are. We chose to treat ourselves better because the world is a cruel place, and words can hurt.

Continue to love yourselves and continue showing the world who you are.

I hope you all have a beautiful Self-care Sunday,

By Gabby Mendonca

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About The Author

An evening outdoor glamour shot of Gabby standing with her hand on her hip in a black gown. Her long dark loosely curled tresses are flowing over her right shoulder and down her back.
Gabby Mendonca

Gabby is a recent college graduate. She studied communications in digital media. When she isn’t busy with school, Gabby enjoys filming videos for her YouTube. She is very passionate about the performing arts, music, and acting. Gabby is also very passionate about advocacy and inclusion.

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