A sigh of relief…and…lipstick?
As soon as I repeated “I am enough” out loud, I felt something inside of me shift. I realized that I have used those first two words together frequently, but never followed by “enough.”
Combining those three simple words together satiated a part of me that had been silently yearning for acceptance. They fed a deep and subconscious need within me. They spoke to the inner child in me that was constantly seeking validation and approval. Not just from the outside world but also from myself.
These three words were a breath of fresh air. As soon as I said them my entire being breathed a sigh of relief. These three words embodied permission to simply exist for a few moments without comparing myself to the world around me. In that single moment, I was fully accepted.
I was loved, I was complete, I was enough.
And then, my inner voice piped up again.
It was triggered when Marisa recommended that I write my affirmations directly on my bathroom mirror in lipstick.
No way, you can’t do that! You don’t even own lipstick.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t overly eager about the idea of me strolling through the CVS checkout line with a tube of bright red lipstick. Despite being a firm believer in seeking discomfort, this wasn’t an experience I was dying to have.
So I improvised and wrote my affirmations on a piece of paper from my office.