#ABrightProject: Task #2

Task #2 for #abrightproject was completed just after I got back to Pang… it was due on Feb 15th…but I didn’t get my letter written before I left for El Salvador…and the week I was back before coming back north was crazy-fast-paced!  So I ended up being a few weeks late (yes, vacation, travelling and maybe some procrastination might have all been factors.)

Moving on… Task#2 focused on self-love… one of the parts of our task was to post 10 selfies on our instagram accounts.  At least one of them had to be without a filter…and you had to tag them and add things about yourself you liked!  Then other people participating in #abrightproject commented and left affirming comments for the people that posted photos.

Selifies are something a lot of people love to hate.  But I really don’t have a problem with taking a photo of myself because I look at it like documenting a moment in time.  If you’ve been a reader at Sarah on the Road  for any amount of time you will realize that ‘selfies’ are something I do quite often.  Why? I find it’s a way to put me IN the picture…often after going somewhere or doing something I find that I didn’t have a photo of ME at that spot… I have heaps of photos of friends, family and other people…but none of me.  Taking a quick selfie is a way to document that moment…even if that means laughing at the photos later!

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The other part of the project was a bit harder…it was the self-reflection part.  The heart of the month’s challenge was to help us take a look at ourselves and what we thought of ourselves.  Looking at our appearance…what do you think of yourself? what is our is that self-talk? What do we feel in our hearts of hearts about ourselves? Wow…those are some loaded questions.  Honestly, this is something I’m working on but sometimes struggle with to this day.  I try to ‘fake-it-til-I-make-it’ and often try to portray myself as a person that doesn’t struggle with how I feel about my appearance.  Sometimes I can do that…and that image of everything is all good is pulled off for the people around me.  But sometimes that portrayal isn’t so strong as I thought it was….and people see through the cracks.  One thing during this task I really tried to stop was the ‘self-hate’…i.e.) that little voice inside of my head that would often shout horrible things about myself. Instead I had that little voice say something good & positive any time it thought something negative.  (It’s a struggle, honestly…but each day if I can consciously stop…then I have faith that soon that negative voice won’t be around…and I will continue to fake-it-til-I-make-it…and it doesn’t seem fake, because I won’t feel that way anymore and it will be truth instead.)

The social part of my task was comment on my Bright Half’s photo…and then send her a letter talking to her about your process and how you feel about yourself.  The more important thing was to affirm her and give her 5 points that were awesome that you learned about her through her self-protraits she posted on instagram!

My letter was waiting for me when I got back from my holidays in February… it was so exciting to get mail that wasn’t bills!

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Those little tags each held an affirming statement my Bright Half saw in me from looking at my selfies…it was an awesome gift, thank you!!!

Task #3 was all about being Grateful…I’ve sent off my parcel, but haven’t received mine yet…it’s on it’s way…but who knows when it will arrive here in Pang!  Once I receive it I’ll do a post explaining more about this task!

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