Here is me – age 5. I can get away with saying I was cute, right?
This is a pic I keep in whatever journal I’m using. I slip it in and it’s always just… there.
Whenever I’m hard on myself, worrying about something or even just in a state of flow and this pic falls out, I hold it up and look at her.
It always, always, always gives me pause to smile and soothe me.
The way I speak to “little Nicola” is always kind and gentle. I love her with her pigtails and big brown bows. I didn’t crop out the 1970’s interiors just for an added bit of nostalgia for you all.
Little Nicola has come a long way. And when I have a wobble, I remind myself that I’m able to handle absolutely anything.
Just like you.
Why not try this, too? Find a childhood picture of yourself from a photo album somewhere. Look at it for a while.
And just see for a few seconds what your heart does.
Keep it somewhere where you can easily access it to give you the boost of self-compassion and self-belief you need.
You can even take it one step further and have a chat with your little self. Tell her how amazing you have turned out and that you are not done yet!