21 August 2018

My Self-Love Manifesto for University

My first year of university took a lot from me. But it gave me a lot too. Particularly towards the end of the year, I found myself needing to defend the parts that made me, well, me. I'd lost sync with 'the  old Steph', pre-2018, which wouldn't have been a problem had I liked this new version of me better.

I was snappy and I wouldn't show my pearly whites as much as I had in the past. I wasn't listening to others to understand but only to respond. I was over-thinking things unnecessarily which seems menial but that can really take its toll. For a hot second, I lost touch with myself. 

Now, I've had a summer to rebuild and there are some things I did in first-year that I'd like to leave in first-year. I could have done some things better but as Oprah says: "When you know better you do better". 

With that pre-amble, these are the things I'd like to manifest in my second-year:
  • Watch more sunsets and sunrises
  • Don't text. Call
  • Gor for jogs and long swims
  • Read more
  • Paint your nails often
  • Always leave the house dressed to impress 
  • Pray. And often
  • Write and write often
  • Listen to your favourite music
  • Try avoid mindless scrolling online
  • Listen when people talk. Really listen
  • Meet your friends for walks and coffees
  • Forgive yourself
  • Don't over think
  • Be more honest with people about how you feel
  • Avoid checking your phone to see if people have messaged you
  • Keep your business to yourself
  • Make your bed everyday
  • Don't compromise on your sleep 
  • Drink water and lots of it
  • Put sunblock on everyday
  • Always smell good
  • Be kind
  • Volunteer your time
  • Defend the things that make you who you are
  • Flirt more
  • Wear lipstick...and attack
  • Say "thank you" more often
  • Say "no" without explaining yourself

What would you add to your personal 'self-love' manifesto?

Till next time-


  1. Love this list Steph, especially the "wear lipstick... and attack" one!

    I think I need to take up the one of not mindless scrolling, it's a bad habit 😂

    Sophie | Sophie's Spot

  2. I'm trying to do better this year too, and I think I'd like to be more candid and be more kind. Wishing you good luck!! ♡


  3. This is a brilliant post! I never got a summer glow this year,which I don't mind but great post for those who want to keep it!
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  4. I love this post and the list has a few things on it that I will be doing more of :)

    -Charlotte / myownblogofthoughts.blogspot.com

  5. I wish I could give you a hug! I've felt the exact same way but for two years and like you, I wanted to pieces of me back that I seemed to have lost. My personal list also includes more writing, but also watching more movies and videos that make me laugh. Life is too short for all that sadness!

    x Envy


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