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Learning to love yourself

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on May 27, 2016

Learning to love yourself

Self love is a topic hotter than the neon trend circa early 2010’s and I’m so excited to be exploring this with you. Personally, like many people, appreciating – nay, celebrating – my body has been a long, challenging journey. There’s been battling, negativity and self loathing. There’s been times where I change 61 times before heading out because I don’t like what I see in the mirror. There’s been days when I’ve looked at my body and shuddered because of what it looks like. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s experienced something like this. 

I’m sure you are inspired by girls who love their bodies. The ones that seem to have a gorgeous, glowing smile, curves (or no curves), and those that rock that slinky one piece across the other side of the room. But, understanding my own path, I can tell you that they weren’t necessarily born that way. They weren’t given a ‘perfect’ body. They have imperfections too (I know, you might not realise). They are human and they are exactly the same as you and I. The difference? They have developed a deep, profound and genuine love for themselves – bodies included.

How does one do this you may ask? Think of it like a skill – something we can grow. Just like  mastering algebra in year 9, loving yourself takes practice, time and patience. You’ll be faced with times that seem tougher than others. Some days it will seem easy. Some days it will feel impossible.

The most important thing you can do here is listen to the voice in your head which is advocating self love. The more attention you give it, the louder it grows. Similarly, the more you pay attention to that scathing, harsh voice which tells you you’re not good enough, the more powerful it becomes. That’s actually all it is. 

Know that at the end of the day, you want to love yourself completely, without question, without doubt. So nurture the thoughts and the actions that align with that. You’ll love yourself for it.

Written by Olivia Arezzolo, model, personal trainer and a self love advocate. After feeling not good enough for far too long, she has recently learnt to completely adore herself – inside and out. The feeling, she simply wants everyone to feel. For more of her insights on nurturing the self, contact her via her website –

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