Positive Self-Esteem and Self-love: A Love Letter to Myself

Positive Self-Esteem and Self-love: A Love Letter to Myself

Note: This is a love letter to myself. It is something that has been a long time coming and way overdue for myself. Enjoy!

Dear Denise,

We have been through a long road together.  Things have been not that easy for us, but we have survived and made through alright. Overall, we have been rough on each other too many times. It did not help that we did not have many people helping you to guide you towards making healthy decisions. You had to take the high and long road to get to where you are today.

I forgive you for making the mistakes.  We have learned from those mistakes and have started to move forward away from them. We have learned to not associate ourselves with certain people. We have learned to trust our gut.  We have learned to not make quick decisions without thinking about them first and getting enough information to make them properly.

Above all of the troubles, I really love you for who you are. You are a great person. You are someone that people do want to be around. You are great with people. You are a great listener. You understand people very well. You take the extra time to get to know people and what they need. You remember the little details about people that you do not forget and find it as a way to connect with people.

You are a beautiful person inside and out. Your body has been transformed over the last few months into something that is very beautiful. Do not change a thing because you are great just the way that you are.  Take the time to appreciate yourself for all of the things that you do.  Just remember to listen to yourself and take care of yourself.  Continue to set healthy boundaries for yourself and stick to them.

You are someone special. You are alright. Do not forget about that especially when things look scary in your life. Take a deep breathe and take one step at a time.

I love you!



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    Greetings, Chicago Suburbanites! Welcome to Active Suburbia! My name is Denise, but I am known as Firefly, Red, and "Hey there". I will be your tour guide to everything active within the Chicago suburbs. In this blog, I will be your guide to places within the Chicagoland Suburbs that will help lead a more active lifestyle and a lot of fun too. In fact, studies have shown that reading this blog will bring a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and burn those last nasty 5 lbs that you can't get off. (Ok, everything's true except for the last one that hasn't been proved.....YET, but I am determined to make it true.) Here's a short introduction about myself: I am a very active person. You can say that I have endurance, determination, grit, and hard work in my bones. I enjoy running and cycling. I have completed a couple of marathons, half-marathons, 5K's, etc in my running career. I also enjoy trying most things active and willing to explore if I have to. I enjoy checking out the trails near me and doing a lot of running. I also completed my 1st Century ride last September and loved every minute of it. I am also a suburbanite living in the awesome suburb of Berwyn. I am a suburban girl at heart and love every minute of it. I originally grew up in the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities. I am also a die-hard sports fan and enjoy the competitive nature of it. I love baseball, college and professional football, and even hockey. I love cheering for my Twins, Vikings, Golden Gophers, and Avalanche (LONG story - trust me!). I am always interested in finding more fun places within the Chicago suburbs. If you know of a gem, shoot me an e-mail at activesuburbia@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter too.

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