(March 21st to April 19th)
In 2018 you need to realize that you can’t just love yourself when you look good. You need to be able to look at yourself in the mirror when your hair is undone, your eyebrows aren’t tweezed, and you’ve got a bright red oozing zit in the middle of your forehead, and you need to be able to accept all of that and not be disgusted by it, not be disgusted by the person staring back at you. Self-love can’t only happen when you’ve got mascara, and concealer on.
(April 20th to May 21st)
In 2018 you need to realize that you can’t always be perfect, and you shouldn’t pressure yourself to be that way. Perfection is an unreasonable aspiration, and no one expects you to be perfect, except maybe yourself. Learn to not only love your imperfections, but embrace them.
(May 22nd to June 21st)
In 2018 you need to realize that you don’t have to know all the answers to love yourself. Self-love is more than having a clearly planned career path or life plan. You can still be lost and love yourself. You can have unanswered questions and uncertainties and still accept yourself and who you are.
(June 22nd to July 22nd)
In 2018 you need to realize that it’s okay to change. Change can be scary, yes, but it often brings growth. You don’t need to remain in one place just because it’s comfortable. Expand. Grow. Learn. You’ll realize that self-love often happens outside of your comfort zone.
(July 23rd to August 22nd)
In 2018 you need to realize that self-love needs to happen even when you’re not feeling your most confident. You don’t doubt yourself often, but when you do, love yourself enough to overcome it.
(August 23rd to September 22nd)
In 2018 you need to realize that your inner voice tries to tell you things that aren’t always true. Love yourself enough to quiet the voice that’s telling you you’re not smart enough, pretty enough, skilled enough. Love yourself to let that inner voice know that you are enough.
(September 23rd to October 22nd)
In 2018 you need to realize confrontation is necessary when others are taking advantage of you. Standing up for yourself is terrifying, but it’s worth it. You’re kind but that kindness doesn’t deserve to be abused or taken for granted.
(October 23rd to November 22nd)
In 2018 you need to realize that you’re allowed to put yourself first. You are always helping the ones you love, but what about you? You’ve lost yourself in the mix of tending to everyone else’s needs. Don’t forget about your own.
(November 23rd to December 21st)
In 2018 you need to realize that it’s okay to mess up along the way. You’re extremely dedicated to achieving your goals, and you most likely one day will, but you’re allowed to make mistakes while figuring it all out. Mistakes will help you get there. Mistakes will make you better.
(December 22nd to January 20th)
In 2018 you need to realize it’s okay to lean on others. You don’t have to do it all on your own. You’re allowed to ask for help. Your family and friends are there to help you and they won’t judge you or label you weak for asking.
(January 21st to February 18th)
In 2018 you need to realize even you have limits. You’re always going, always moving, you’re never standing still. Your energy needs to restore itself somehow. You’re allowed to take a break. You’re allowed to pause and breathe. You’re allowed to stand still.
(February 19th to March 20th)
In 2018 you need to realize you won’t be able to save everyone. Help as many people as you can, but don’t put the insurmountable pressure on yourself to fix them. It’s not your responsibility to fix people.