This summer, I was one of the few returning college students who wasn’t able to snag a job at the mall or the YMCA. With an empty bank account and hardly any friends back in my city, I stayed home on most days and instead threw myself into the work of getting back on track. The track of self-alignment, growth, and self-love.
As I near the end of my summer break, I have seen so much improvement in myself. I crack open my journal a lot more often. I’ve returned to the things I love: blogging, reading, and thinking. I’ve been working out (even jogging, which I hate but did anyway) and making fruit smoothies regularly. I did a lot of research on caring for my 4c hair, which I’ve grown to really love. Most importantly, I’ve opened myself up to the lessons and opportunities that come from being more mindful and introspective. A lot of great things have happened as a result, but I want to talk about the biggest and most instrumental part of my growth: accepting and forgiving myself.