Practicing Self-Love: Things I’m Thankful Of

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I’ve been trying to practice a bit more self-love recently and remind myself that even when I’m feeling like I’m having a bad day/ not losing the weight I want etc that life is actually pretty bloody great. In my bullet journal, I have a few lists about things I love about myself and my life which I sometimes read through if I’m having a tough day. I think it’s something important for everyone to do to remind us that things aren’t always as bad as we think.

Here are some of the things which I am thankful of:


  • Having a university degree as no one else in my immediate family has one. I don’t feel it’s immediately helped me with anything but it’s always handy to have a degree as some jobs ask for one.
  • Having paid off my university fees before the interest kicked in. Bear in mind that I went to uni before the current inflated prices although it was still a pretty penny. My grandpa left me some money when he passed away when I was a kid and this helped massively in allowing me to clear them off.


  • Being in a job which means my commute is only 5 minute’s long door to desk. This is something I am going to miss whenever I do decide to move on as I can go home for lunch and I can be home at 5.35pm.
  • Being in a job which allows me a lot of creative control over my day and my tasks. I do have tasks and a manager but as long as our work is done things are pretty relaxed.
  • I have been able to run my blog and do some freelance work alongside working full-time without feeling like I am sacrificing too much social/ me time.


Family and Friends

  • I have a great tight-knit family who I am super close to. I see my parents at least once a week and most weeks I see my nan and my auntie.
  • My wonderful friends who I know are always there when I need them. I have a group of about 8 girls who I am still close to from secondary school and they’re such a backbone for me.
  • My boyfriend who has changed my life so much for the better this past 8 months.


  • Being on the property ladder with my flat as I know it’s going to massively help me when I want to move on. I bought my flat on the shared ownership scheme about 5 year’s ago now as I was fed up after a year of renting.
  • Living so close to London so I can go on day trips to the capital anytime. I love the location of where I live and how close I am to everything I want.


  • Live music is something I am very thankful for. I have people who love going to gigs with me and I am very lucky to be able to get access to some gigs and festivals through the music website I edit.
  • Traveling and being in a position where I can do so a reasonable amount. Over the past few year’s I’ve traveled more than I ever thought I would/ could have.
  • My car and having the freedom to drive whenever I want. I am so happy that I passed my driving test when I was a teenager and having just bought a new car this year I’m happy to have something reliable.
  • My collection of books so I can lose myself in a story whenever I want.
July 25, 2017
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  • Reply Jeenu Pillai

    On my days when I feel that void in me, I cook my wife’s favorite food and watch her eat. The happiness in her eyes washes off any doubt myself. Hope it made sense!

    July 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Tonya Wilhelm

    On my off-days I drop everything and take the dog for a walk and play. It’s always a mood booster for me. Family adventures too!

    July 25, 2017 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply MayArcenal

    It is really important to make a list like this 🙂 will make one, too, to remind myself of the good things in life ❤️

    July 26, 2017 at 2:18 am
  • Reply Kim Gammage

    What an inspiring list, its such an important part of self care to be able to take stock and to be mindful of what we have in our lives that makes us smile, even if it’s not all the time.

    July 26, 2017 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Samantha Bye

    Short commutes are the best thing ever! I tried commuting from Reading to London last year (two hours on a good day), it nearly killed me. Five minutes is the dream!

    July 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      oh you poor thing, I could never do that. I don’t know how I’m ever going to be able to move jobs though haha x

      July 27, 2017 at 8:36 am
  • Reply BestiesNotepad

    Lists like these help us in looking at the positive sides of life! Nice post 🙂

    July 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Mummy Times Two

    This is such a beautiful post, I think we should all do one of these? More self love can only be a good thing!

    July 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    Awh this is such a great post to reflect on, I feel like I need to make a similar list! xo

    July 26, 2017 at 8:25 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    Aw it is lovely that you made a gratitude list. I always admire how you are able to work full time, run a blog and have freelance clients. You are incredible! x

    July 26, 2017 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Mellissa Williams

    It is so important to practice self care so I am glad you’ve made this list. Your job situation sounds great – being able to blog and freelance and still have time to do everything you do around your full time job is amazing!

    July 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Jessica Wilby

    I love reflective posts like this, it’s always important to focus on the good. A short commute would definitely be on my gratitude list. :)!

    July 27, 2017 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I love these kind of posts. It’s so important to take the time out and be thankful and grateful of everything in our lives x

    July 27, 2017 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Stephanie

    These kinds of posts are so important! It’s so nice to look back and be thankful! xxx

    July 27, 2017 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Helen Jacob-Lloyd

    This is such a lovely post – it’s so important to focus on our own success sometimes 🙂

    July 27, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Melanie

    Great post and practicing a bit more self-love is so important and great for mental health. Love the way that you have broke this down into categories too – makes for easy reading 🙂 x

    July 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    It is always good to look at all the things we should be thankful for, although sometimes it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees! I love how you have some many wonderful things going on in your life that make you particularly thankful xx

    July 27, 2017 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Ania Ewelina

    This is such a great post. It’s important to take care of yourself because you’re the most important person.

    July 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm
  • Reply Eliza Casipagan

    Such a good read. Loving your own self is as essential as loving other. As the saying goes. You cannot give what you do not have.

    July 28, 2017 at 6:44 am
  • Reply jennifuchs

    Such a positive read – and good idea to remind ourselves every now and then.

    July 28, 2017 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Talya Stone

    Self love and gratitude are both really important I think it’s so important to count our blessings to have a more positive attitude to life!

    July 28, 2017 at 7:55 am
  • Reply Ana Razon

    We all need self love and I struggled a long the way when my friend past away. It was the hardest year I ever faced I felt so numb to everything and this is really lovely to be grateful. -Ana

    July 28, 2017 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Stylooo

    We should always gratitude whatever i love and achieve in the life. I love your post and really thankful for many things that i have done.

    July 28, 2017 at 10:26 am
  • Reply falcondalejan

    I think being thankful can really affirm a positive sense of identity. Great post.

    July 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Musings of a tired mummy...zzz

    Great to reflect on all the good in your life and be thankful. Too often we focus on the negatives or are caught up in little details and fail to see the overall success.

    July 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Emma - Our Fairytale Adventure

    Well done you paying off your university debt. I dread to think how much I still owe!

    July 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    My mummy has just paid off her student debt and was super thankful that she went to uni, it’s definitely paid off. Driving and being on the property ladder is a great bonus too! Lots to be thankful for x

    July 28, 2017 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    This is such a great post.Good idea to remind our self every now and then.

    July 29, 2017 at 12:33 am
  • Reply Jennifer Eastwell

    This is a lovely post and a great way on reflecting on the positives in your life. It’s great that you are on the property ladder! I am too

    July 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Battlemum

    I love the idea of reflecting on all the good things in your life. You seem to be doing really well Rhian, better than a lot of young people your age and you should be proud of that. Not many people can boast at having paid off their university fees nor are on the property ladder so I’d say that’s pretty darn good!

    July 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Kira L Curtis

    So lovely that you choose to have a reflection! I need to so this soon! This has really reminded me of some of the little things I probably take for granted!

    July 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm
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