I am constantly reminded that life – and Freedom – is an ongoing process.

I recently had the opportunity to be filmed and didn’t like what I saw when I played it back! Although I was pleased with the communication of the message I was delivering, mostly what I felt was that I didn’t like what I looked like! Every -flaw- was highlighted for me! I was quite surprised at my reaction to seeing myself. As I thought about this, I realized that I had pretty much stopped looking at myself in the mirror for years! Sure, I’d “look” into the mirror when I brushed my hair or put make-up on, but I wasn’t really looking at myself. I had been avoiding looking at the real me!

Like the expression “liking what I see in the mirror”, I know I am a woman with integrity, caring and loving, and true to myself. None of that has changed despite the aging process, but here I was, focusing on wrinkles and sagging skin, judging myself from the outside – and coming up short!

This awareness showed my lack of self-love. I know that self-love begins with acceptance of self, exactly who and where I am in that moment. I thought about all that I have been through in my life, all that I have accomplished, all the growth and expansion I have experienced. Yet, I hadn’t been accepting myself as I am now.

Since then, I do my best to really look at myself in the mirror and acknowledge the woman looking back at me, with all her wonderful lines! I am committed to uncovering the areas where I compromise my own Freedom. And I know that I am a work in progress.

Can you uncover where you might be lacking in self-love? Awareness is the key – as we discuss in The Freedom Zone: Your Gateway to Love, Liberty and Happiness.