“picture yourself when you were five. in fact, dig out a photo of little you at that time and tape it to your mirror. How would you treat her, love her, feed her? How would you nurture her if you were the mother of little you? I bet you would protect her fiercely while giving her space to spread her itty-bitty wings. she’d get naps, healthy food, imagination time, and adventures into the wild. If playground bullies hurt her feelings, you’d hug her tears away and give her perspective. When tantrums or meltdowns turned her into a poltergeist, you’d demand a loving time-out in the naughty chair. From this day forward I want you to extend that same compassion to your adult self.”  

i stumbled across this quote by kris carr tonight –
and i absolutely adore it. 

i want to emulate a life of a childlike spirit that extends into the way i treat myself. i have so many strong opinions about young girls today and my innate desire to protect their hearts, but i never once translate that into a guarding of myself. to treat myself with the same respect and believe in the same potential for myself that i would give one of my sweet babies at the pre-school. it’s a beautiful thought, and one worth fighting for.