Last week I had the immense privilege of interviewing Gala Darling, the best-selling author of Radical Self-Love: A Guide To Loving Yourself And Living Your Dreams.
We discussed everything from falling deeply in love with yourself and your body, to the Spice Girls (can you guess who her favourite member is?).
Here are a few highlights of my favourite nuggets of wisdom:
Gala's Three Steps to Self Love
1. Appreciate What You Are (Be Grateful)
She Married Who?
Two months ago in Marrakech, dressed in all white, in front of a candle-lit mirror Gala said her vows.. to herself. In this radical act of self-love, she found a true sense of love for herself. Tell me you aren't itching to do this for yourself now..?! She followed up the nuptials with a honeymoon to Tulum, where she began writing her second book.
Finding Beauty in Others Helps You Find Beauty in Yourself
Gala said she began to admire her own beauty once she began recognizing the beauty in others. Realize that there is no "one size" for beauty. We are all unique, and we are all beautiful. Find an appreciation for your body, and all your curves.
Her Spiritual Squat
Gala really began connecting with her body and discovering her self-love through going to the gym. After five years struggling with an eating disorder, Gala found strength and appreciation for her body while doing weight training, pilates and "stripper-cise", a stripper style workout program.
Through working out she also learned the value of her self-talk. She noticed that when she spoke negatively to herself, she struggled with the exercise, but with loving supportive thoughts, she was able to exceed her own expectations physically.
Tapping for Improved Body Image
I have spoke in the past about the magic of EFT Tapping techniques (click here for my blog on EFT) but Gala took it to the next level to overcome her eating disorder and negative body image.
She stood in front of a mirror at home, totally naked, and began the EFT Tapping process. While sharing positive body image affirmations as she was tapping in front of the mirror, she was able to totally rewire her brain and thoughts about her body.
Life is Not About Finding Yourself, It's About Creating Yourself
For those wondering "who am I authentically?" Gala has this to say "Take all these ideas & inspirations, and make your life into a recipe for something that is interesting to you."
Remember that you're always changing and evolving. Life is all about self-expression. Express what you love, and as it changes you can express yourself differently. Find what resonates with you each day and remember that how you dress and express yourself is a way of honouring yourself.
"You don't need glitter all the time, but when you need it, you REALLY need it."
Advice for People on Tinder:
Be intentional with everything you do.. Write your tinder profile very clearly, like a spell. Attracting what you want in your life. Get clear on who you are so you can express it in all areas of your lives.
"Recognize that you can bring in as much magic as you want to."
For the entire interview, watch the video below:
For more info on Gala's book Radical Self Love, click here.