If you are like any human being, chances are a time or two you have been insecure and hard on yourself. We are our own worst critics.

With a new year comes lots of New Year’s resolutions. I have decided this year to ditch New Year’s resolutions and focus more on a daily devotion.

A daily commitment to strive for more.

With the first month almost under our belt, chances are 50 percent of you have already fallen off the wagon. I know I have. My commitment this year was to love myself more. It’s turning out to be harder than I ever thought. We are harsher on ourselves than anyone else in the world. If you are struggling to love yourself I highly encourage you to write yourself a letter. You will thank yourself later!

Dear Self,

I want to start off by saying how much you are loved.

You are valuable.

You may feel overweight, full of flaws, and like you have failed in everything.

I want to emphasize how beautiful you are.

Curves, flaws, and all.

Your appearance is only picked apart by you. No one notices your flaws like you do.

Keep fighting.

You are worth fighting for. Every day.

I know you are struggling right now to see where this path you’re on will lead, but don’t worry, God has everything figured out.

Let go of control and trust Him.

Your self-confidence may be lacking, but that girl you keep comparing yourself to, she struggles, too.

And the girl you keep imagining you’ll be someday, here is a little secret . . . she will struggle, too.

You go through your days feeling insignificant, but if you knew how many people loved you, you would be amazed.

You are loved and cared for more than you could ever dream.

I know you have big hopes and desires that seem overwhelming, but don’t settle for mediocre.

Never stop dreaming and reaching for something greater.

You are destined for great big things. 



Sara Theesen

Sara has struggled with her weight her entire life. After losing over 100 pounds at 20 years old, she is on a quest to help others overcome their battles with weight. Sara is currently a student at UNK studying Health and PE K-12 with a minor in nutrition. She also is a certified CrossFit L1 CrossFit kids trainer at CrossFit Archway. You can follow her blog at http://fattofreedom.wordpress.com/ and follow her on Facebook at Fat to Freedom.