It's the eve of Valentine's Day.
Around this time you'll see a lot of articles and blog posts discussing Valentine's Day in some capacity, whether it's about romantic gift ideas or self-care and support during a time that can be lonely and difficult for many.
For us at FOR ART'S SAKE, we wanted to shine a spotlight on what we think is one of the most important kinds of love: self-love! Though this isn't a novel, groundbreaking topic of conversation around this time this year, we wanted to personally reach out to friends of FAS who have supported us and loved our sunnies, to ask them what self-love means to them.
The responses we got were so thought-out and profound, we definitely had to share them. We're so happy with our growing FAS community, and I hope you will also feel free to share your stories with us! You can always get in touch with us on Instagram. Enjoy!
SELF-LOVE & BODY POSITIVITY
The best love is Self-love and self-love has very little to do with your outer self. It's about accepting everything about you from within, both your strengths and most especially your flaws. There are many aspects to that.
Mentality & state of mind -
Step 1: acknowledging and accepting yourself for who you are.
Step 2: ask yourself if you like that person presently if you are satisfied with this person currently.
Step 3: If you are happy with the person you are then own it and be proud and If not then what can you do to change that behavior or mentality.
That is just one aspect of it. I can sit here all day and there will be a million things to say!
The Cusp of beauty--that is my star sign, so I believe in both inner and outer beauty, whatever my definition of beauty is.
I always say to people, you can really be beautiful both on the inside and outside if you want to be, if only you can love yourself from within and accept everything about you, from your sexuality to your insecurities.
I used to absolutely hate how I looked; my prominent features, I had so many blackheads and I just didn't feel beautiful. But I realized this was because there were so many things I hadn't accept or dealt with about myself, such as accepting my sexuality and being confident. As soon as I accepted myself, everything changed, simply because my mindset changed. It was only then when things worked for my blackheads and now I am so in love with those prominent features and I am very comfortable and confident being me and nothing else. That is true beauty!
My point is that whatever you feel on the inside and how you think of yourself and how you see yourself is the way others will see you and respond to you. It's psychological. If you don't love you, who else will and how on earth can you love anyone else!
So this Valentines put yourself first and show yourself, the world and your loved ones your essence of beauty! Be UNAPOLOGETIC.
Love from Seyon.
For me as an online style and statement content creator I often deal with pressure, insecurities and weaknesses. But you must never forget to embrace and appreciate the way you are. You’re unique, special and beautiful in your own way. You should always be proud of that. #LOVEYOURSELF
To me body positivity is about encouraging yourself to not only recognize our natural shape, but also to respect it and learn not to let those negative thoughts and feelings let you down. It’s about looking at your naked body in the mirror right before hopping in the shower, and saying “Damn, I look great!”
In the words of J.Cole. “Love yourself girl or nobody will”
Our bodies are connected to our minds. They are all we have. They are our very own possessions. Yes, you may put on a little make up to make you look brighter. You may even go under the knife to alter that nose, that chest and that waistline to make you feel and look better naked. You may also go to the gym, train yourself and gain those muscles to make your mind and body stronger than ever. There's no right or wrong in what you do to your body, because it is YOUR body. Only when you truly believe this -
'My body is a museum of natural miracles.'
Self-love is far more important than loving someone else. If you don't love yourself in the right way, if you're not comfortable with yourself, you can't love another. You don't know how to in a healthy way.