A few weeks ago, I went to SNAP, a creative blogger conference. It was a great experience, and I learned a lot. I have thought about sharing a recap or some of the things I learned, but ultimately I really only want to share this one thought: “Be gentle with yourself.”
For the most part, the conference was uplifting, inspiring, and fun, but it could also get a bit stressful too. Anytime I started to get anxiety over all the work I needed to do or beat myself up over some perceived deficiency, I would remind myself, “Be gentle with yourself.” The line comes from the poem “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann. Here’s a little excerpt:
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
Guys – sometimes I’m not very nice to myself. Honestly, if I spoke to other people the way I sometimes speak to myself, I probably wouldn’t have many friends. I have a feeling I’m not the only one who does this. It’s something I’m trying to work on, and so I pulled out my calligraphy pen and ink to make a little reminder. If you could use a reminder sometimes too, you can get the free printable HERE.