Self~Love & the Transformational Power of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving!

In the United States this day is celebrated nationwide and being new to the country it is really wonderful to witness the energy of gratitude all around.

It is a day that prompts to be grateful for family, friends, love, blessings and the ability to give and share. The day and all the celebrations carry a beautiful focus and heart space to be immersed in.

I believe this day can be an opening and invites us to experience the transformative power of gratitude & love on a deeper level.

Give Thanks

What if we were counting our blessings every single day?

What if we expressed gratitude to those we love and appreciate on a daily basis?

What if we celebrated the abilty to love, give and share every day by giving, sharing, and loving?

How would this change our daily experience of life?

How would this change our world?


As part of the ‘Wisdom Bloggers Sisterhood FB group‘, created by Stacey Hoffer-Weckstein, I had been immersed in a 28 Day Creative Self Love Challenge, inspired by Cheryl Bridges and her wonderful book.

It was really amazing to observe myself during the 28 day journey and process of self-loving daily.
My biggest takeaway from reading Cheryl’s book and doing the exercises has been :
1) ~ On days when it was hard to practice self-love I turned to gratitude for myself. I started listing the most obvious and easiest things about me.
Thank you for my strong legs enabling me to walk.
Thank you for my eyes that can see and savor the beauty of Mother Nature all around me.
Thank you for my soft, cushy bottom enabling me to sit for long amounts of time to write and work and do my thing.Thank you for my hands that can write, grab, cook, love, caress, carry.
And the more grateful I got the easier it was to wholeheartedly say and feel the self-love affirmations suggested in the book.
♥ I am okay, just as I am.
♥ I treat myself with the same kindness and compassion I show others.
♥ I am learning to love myself. I am enough.
♥ I forgive myself for what I haven’t known when it comes to loving myself.
♥ I am beginning to notice the still, small ways my true self expresses inside of me.
♥ I honor my self-judgments and my self-rejection, even as I learn to let them go.
♥ I give myself permission to love myself well.
♥ I am filled with gratitude for my body and all that it has accomplished.♥ I radiate love and compassion to myself throughout the day.

♥ I am beginning to learn to love and accept myself unconditionally, exactly as I am.

♥ I is smart. I is kind. I is important. And, I is loved.

2) ~ And on the days it was easy for me to be anchored in self-loving thinking, actions, and being, I noticed that my spirit was also joyful and my heart deeply grateful.

It all felt very natural and organic. It all felt very WHOLE and wholesome.


Me, Myself, & I ~ 28 Days of Creative Self-Love is more than just a book!

It’s a multi-dimensional exploration about how we can learn to love all of the different parts of ourselves (including the parts that are hard to love). The book includes inspiring pictures and artwork, links to uplifting music, plus creative exercises and journaling reflections that will empower you to bring more self-love into your life.

This book offers you a joyful invitation to open up and reconnect with the beauty of who you really and truly are.

Have very happy, blessed, and self-loving holidays this year and always soul sister!

And PLEASE do check out the book to grow more love inside and out if you hear the call!

Sparkly kisses,


~Your Sacred Self Care Muse ~

  • Disclosure: I received a complimentary digital copy of Cheryl Bridge’s book “Me, Myself, & I ~ 28 Days of Creative Self-Love”. My opinion and my inner wisdom are authentic and 100% my own.


  • Nadia, I love this post and I love your interpretation of Thanksgiving as an invitation to be grateful and self-loving every day. I also really appreciate your list of ways you were self-loving towards yourself. Many people find it challenging to find their way into the concept of being self-loving, and by sharing what you did you give an example for others to start being more self-loving themselves. xox, Reba

    Reba LinkerNovember 27, 2015
    • Thank you for this wonderful reflection Reba. It sure is my wish that women ( and men) will be more self-loving because love, kindness, and compassion felt for oneself can also be felt for others (yay!)

      Nadia KraussDecember 1, 2015
  • What a wonderful way to look at #creativeselflove and Thanksgiving. Surely, being grateful begins with ways we can love ourselves more fully and deeply. Thank you for your gratitude and your reflection, Nadia!

    CherylNovember 30, 2015
  • Very nice. Thank you so much for sharing this. Wonderful ideas. And I really like the hearts as bullet points for the affirmations<3

    DeniseDecember 1, 2015
    • Aren’t the heart bulletins just wonderful, Denise? So glad you felt inspired by my experience of self – love.

      Nadia KraussDecember 1, 2015

Leave a Reply