No Strings Attached

I love my eyes, but I wish my forehead wasn’t so big.

I love the curve of my hips, but I think my inner thighs are too big.

I love my sense of humor, but I worry that others will think I’m trying too hard to be funny.

I love the brightness of my smile, but I think my upper lip is a little lopsided when I grin too widely.

I love that I am friendly, but I wish I felt like it was easier for me to make friends.

I love that I am outgoing, but I feel too shy when around a lot of people that I don’t know.

I love my writing voice, but I don’t think it’s good enough to write a book the way I dream I could.

I love that I’m a good person, but worry about whether I’m deserving of the credit for what I do.

Why does it seem like we are so quick to overshadow what we like about ourselves with our insecurities and doubts? How much better would we feel if we could just pay ourselves a compliment without eclipsing it with a criticism?

It’s not wrong, or vain, or self-centered to step back, look at yourself, and say, “Damn, girl – that’s a mighty fine smile, you have there.” Because if you can’t believe it when you tell it to yourself, how are you going to believe it when someone else tells you that you’re awesome?

Each and every one of you has something about yourself to be proud of.

In the comments, sing your own song of awesomeness. Tell me (and yourself) what you love about who you are.

No strings attached.

About JW Moxie

J-Dub Moxie has a BS in BS, but someone thought it was a good idea to make her responsible for educating adolescents. She does a good impression of an 8th Grade English teacher by day, but by night she's a gangsta nerd superhero. She wishes she could clone copies of her husband Frank to sell; he is that awesome. Despite Moxie's best efforts, their four children (ages 6-10) refuse to be corrupted into doing her evil bidding. Moxie is in love with carbohydrates and in hate with writing bios. She blogs at The Smartness and Tweets @JWMoxie. Word.


  1. Well said. Too often we’re taught- through example or direct order – that you can’t have humility without berating yourself for your flaws,and that any ego is bad.

  2. Tia says:

    Good job. I loved this. And I’ll play. I love that I speak and defend my truth as I see it. I love that I am smart and a book nerd. I love the introvert in me.

  3. Megan says:

    I love that I can write. And take pictures. And decorate a room. And that I’m not judgemental.

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  4. Jessi says:

    I love that I am stubborn and will try almost anything.

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