Self Love is huge. I mean, you’re kind of a BIG deal after all. But sometimes we forget. We focus on our exterior, our interior. We fight so much, we feel defeated. When we look in the mirror, we’re like, what’s there to love? We start nitpicking at our nose, our eyes, our teeth, our smile, our hair, that we forget how infinitely amazing and beautiful we are. Sometimes to start the process of self love, we’ve got to learn to Love The Little Things.
Love The Little Things
Last week Toni from Red Pen Travelers started sharing these amazing fountain pens on her feed, in the Grid Lined Tom Row River Paper Insert from the Taroko Shop. After ooohing and ahhhing over the pen and commenting on her prettiful penmanship (yes, prettiful), Toni mentioned that she’d made it a priority to improve her penmanship. I thought to myself, yes, let’s start there. Sometimes it’s starts with a seed being planted. The more seeds you plant, the more you water the seeds, the more you let the sun shine in, the more they’ll bloom and grow. That’s a lot like love. When you start by loving one small thing, work on it. Then add in another small thing and work at it, soon these small things become big things. Soon when someone asks the question, “name one thing you love about yourself”, you’ll be able to pick and choose what you’ll share.
Sure, this may sound silly, but a show of hands, how many of you “hate your handwriting”? Raises hand. I’ve spent countless hours trying to mimic the artistry of others only to realize that my handwriting is not like theirs. It’s mine, it’s unique to me. I also learn that the more effort I take to make it “perfect”, the less I like it. If that makes any sense. So for this exercise. I simply went with it, normal speed, normal writing, no perfection, just wrote. It was freeing actually. What I will tell you is that I’m more comfortable writing in cursive, I don’t know, I love the pen gliding across the page effortlessly. So that plays into what kind of pen I choose or favor. Hence, the plethora of beautiful pens you see pictured. They’re kind of my favorite, but for different reasons. So let’s get started:
- What kind of writing utensil feels comfortable in your hand?
- Are you a print or cursive writer?
- Do you write in all lowercase or uppercase?
- Do you write on the lines or in between the lines?
- Do you write fast or slow?
- Do you write big or small?
Now, the next step is to play. Grab your traveler’s notebook insert, paper pad, photo paper (I love how my text looks on photo paper) or paper bag, whatever you’d like. Start by writing the type of pen. I have five here: Frixion, PenGems, Tombow, Sharpie Pen and Fine Tip. I wrote the type of pen in each way I tend to write, regular case, caps, cursive and caps cursive. I did this for each type of pen. Then I went back in and wrote “I love my handwriting” in the way I feel most comfortable writing. You’ll find that the pen, paper and type of “font” really does matter. Finding the right pen will help you learn to love your penmanship more. Then you can say, I love my writing. Sure, I don’t have the best handwriting in the world, my penmanship could stand to be a bit more perfected, but it’s my handwriting and I love it.
Do you love your handwriting?
Name one thing you love about yourself?
Let’s plant a seed, water it, let the sunlight in and watch it bloom and grow.
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