As I get ready to leave my 20’s I can say that one of the foundations of a well-lived/ balanced life is to practice self love and self acceptance. Just like you’d practice playing the piano or preparing for a marathon, keeping your mind and spirit in the right place require training. Sometimes I’ll be having a perfectly normal day and all of a sudden something which I perceive to be negative will put me in a mood. It can be anything. Reading or listening to something inspirational usually helps me work through my funk until I’ve gained enough consciousness to put a stop to my mental clutter. I do believe that quotes are an amazing tool to tap you into deep insight and wisdom. I rounded up 20 of my favourite quotes about self love for you.

Look through them, write your favourites on a sticky note, and use the ones that resonate with you the most.

1. You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are. -Yogi Bhajan

2. People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

3. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Gustav Jung

5. To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections. -Sandra Bierig

6. In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act. -Caroline Cardwell

7. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. – Veronica A. Shoffstall

8. When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. – Jean Shinoda Bolen

9. I now see how owning your story and loving ourselves through the process is the bravest thing we will ever do. – Brene Brown

10. It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority. It’s a necessity. – Mandy Hale

11. There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the essence of beauty. – Steve Maraboli

12. And you, you scare people, because you are whole all by yourself. – Lauren Alex Hooper

13. The real difficulty to overcome is how you think about yourself. – Maya Angelou

14. The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. – Carl Jung

15. If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. – Maya Angelou

16. When nobody celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside. – Joel Osteen

17. Look inside yourself and you can see the universe. – Brian Herbert

18. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. – Joseph Campbell 

19. Sometimes all you have to do is forget what you feel and remember what you deserve. – Unknown

20. Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. – Miguel Ruiz