Awakened Self-Love Spotlight: Georgie Bryant
The Awakened Self-Love Feature is dedicated to celebrating the journey of self-love through personal & empowering stories of women. These women are committed to loving themselves & are real about their self-love journey. This weekly series is devoted to inspiring you to live from a place of love instead fear through women who authentically share their truth.
Welcome Georgie Bryant!
Georgie Bryant is a life coach, writer and project manager. She helps successful yet unsatisfied women ditch perfection and avoid burn out over their self-imposed high expectations. Together she helps create a balanced and highly satisfying life for them.
Let’s dive in and see how Georgie is committed to loving herself & living from a place of love instead of fear:
What does it mean to truly love yourself?
To me, truly loving yourself is about taking your mean inner voice with a large grain of salt! Berating yourself for not living up to your expectations doesn’t drive you to succeed, in fact, it usually has quite the opposite effect. Loving yourself is about backing yourself, treating yourself gently and accepting your shortcomings – no exceptions. If you won’t, who will?
Geneen Roth has a great quote related to dieting, that I think can be applied to many areas of our lives:
“For some reason, we are truly convinced that if we criticise ourselves, the criticism will lead to change. If we are harsh, we believe we will end up being kind. If we shame ourselves, we believe we end up loving ourselves. It has never been true, not for a moment, that shame leads to love. Only love leads to love.”
What does awakened self-love look & feel like?
Self-love is really about mind management to me – we are inevitably going to have negative thoughts and emotions, but we don’t have to believe that they are true! Never for a moment doubt that you are doing the best you can, that small improvements can be made, but that we have to accept that perfection is not possible. Do the things you love, surround yourself with great relationships and, most of all, believe the thoughts that make you feel the best.
How have you moved to a place of love instead of fear in your own life?
Until I understood that my thoughts were not the truth, I was really afraid that something was wrong with me. I couldn’t understand how I could think so negatively and constantly feel like I wasn’t good enough. Once I started my own personal development, I started talking about how I felt with others in my life. This was transformational, as I realised pretty much everyone felt the same way, yet no one was talking about it. This has brought me a great sense of relief and of course strengthened my relationships beyond belief!
Describe your journey to self-love.
Once I stopped trying to avoid my negative thoughts, I picked up a number of great self-help books, including The Happiness Trap and Self Coaching 101. These helped me manage my own thoughts and I wanted to share what I was learning with others. I started blogging about ease and dealing with these thoughts at Where the Light Plays in 2014 and studied to become a one-on-one life coach through the Beautiful You Coaching Academy. Sharing my message and letting others know they are not alone has been a big step in my own self-love and was the quickest way for me to challenge my own thoughts that I wasn’t good enough.
What rules/conditions can you release for even greater self-love?
Ah, this one I still struggle with! I’m often great with self-love, as long as I’m in control of my life and routine. When things start to slip and change, it can be challenging for me. During those times, I acknowledge the ebb and flow of life and really rely on the self-love routines I can control – meditation, yoga and reading. I remind myself that change is natural, and I still can rely on myself in challenging times. Letting go of the things I can’t control, while keeping my more grounding practices consistent, really works for me.
What is your favorite self-love practice right now?
Brooke Castillo from the Life Coach School is one of my gurus and she has a program this year called Self Coaching Scholars. Each month there is a new topic (relationships and time management have been some past monthly topics) and I am learning so much from her. I’m sure many of us love jumping from blog to blog or self-help book to self-help book, but she really encourages studying the work of one teacher at a time. Focusing solely on her work this year has really seen me develop and feel less overwhelmed. Personal development is one of the greatest forms of self love for me.
Learn more about Georgie:
Through her blog and one-on-one coaching services, Georgie helps women realise they no longer have to be perfect, they can just be themselves.
You can find Georgie online at www.wherethelightplays.com
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