Self Love Notes

Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes

Poetry - Inspirational
203 Pages
Reviewed on 11/11/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes is a collection of poetic works and additional material designed to inspire and motivate, and was penned and put together by author Michelle G Stradford. The work is separated into three distinct sections called Worth, Vision, and Uplift, and these three elements represent a journey to complete self-love as we are guided to value ourselves and envision a better future that we can allow ourselves to seek and enjoy. With well over one hundred verses and ideas to consider, this is an indispensable guide to realizing your own worth and finding a happier you in the process.

One of the things which I most admired about this work was the candor with which author Michelle G Stradford approached it, admitting her own issues with self-esteem and how cathartic this writing process was for her. Poetry is so often deeply personal to the author, but Stradford writes in a way that opens her verses up for others to explore and attribute their own meanings. It does what all good motivational works should in leading by example but never being judgmental or unkind to those who are only just starting the process of self-care and self-actualization. Some of my particular favorites came later in the book, in Uplift, where you can really see the author’s own journey to rise in success on their solo trip and be proud of their achievements. Overall, I would definitely recommend Self Love Notes to anyone who needs a boost on the road to better esteem.

Carolina Restrepo

Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes is a compilation of notes to oneself about what it takes to love yourself, creating a better life according to the wisdom and confidence that you gain after understanding the power of self-love. Despite the shortness of the notes, the power that exudes becomes the sole force of the book. Sometimes it takes a sentence to break you or uplift you. The importance of self-love is finally becoming a priority in our current society. The only person you will live forever with is yourself. Michelle G Stradford delivers a beautifully written book of notes that every man and woman would benefit from; from the day they read it and for the rest of their lives. Her notes, even though short, contain vast amounts of influence and depth. She has the power to help people change and even save themselves.

Since page 10 I already had to stop and write about what I felt and, believe it or not, what I had already reflected on about myself. Maybe it is in the way Michelle G Stradford portrays these feelings but it felt as though I were saying it to myself from the deepest part of me and my insecurities. Her wise words have worked wonders on me and they will undoubtedly change many lives. Living in this world can be harsh but people like Michelle help us realize our worth and just how valuable it is to love ourselves despite our flaws and mistakes. We are only human after all. From this marvelous book, I take with me the ability to re-invent myself as much as I need to, whether that is now or in the future. To be brutally honest, Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes has made me cry, on more than one occasion, with the realization of just how much time I have wasted by being my worst critic. Thank you, Michelle, for helping me get my life and confidence back.

Pikasho Deka

Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations, & Quotes by Michelle G. Stradford is a motivational poetry collection to help readers gain self-belief by finding their self-worth. Most of the poems are written as septets, although a few seem diverse structurally. The book opens up with "Your Symphony", an inspiring poem that encourages you to carve out your own path as one's destiny rests in one's own hands. "Fire the Critic" is a plea for self-forgiveness where the author asks you to relegate your self-doubt. "My Brand" tells readers not to let others' labels define you as a person. "Belonging" asks us to believe in ourselves and our abilities. "Be a Catalyst" pushes us to be harbingers of change in other people's lives.

Michelle G. Stradford pens a beautiful collection of poems that gives readers a sense of belief in themselves. Through inspirational lines, quotes, and affirmations that take hold in your mind long after you've finished reading the book, the author instills a sense of self-belief in readers to help them pursue their dreams and reach for the stars. Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations, & Quotes acts as a self-help guidebook and a mesmerizing book of poetry in equal measure. After reading the poems, you get a massive boost in your confidence and feel like you can achieve anything you put your mind to. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to revisiting it in the future. If you're a poetry lover, you should definitely grab a copy.

Cassie Widjaja

In a world where insecurities and toxic comparisons run rampant among social media users, especially amongst teenagers, Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes by Michelle G Stradford is the much-needed reaffirmation of self-worth through beautiful poems. This book is divided into three parts, which are 'Worth,' 'Vision,' and 'Uplift.' Perfect for the self-doubter, overthinker, and anyone still recovering from a tragedy, this collection discusses relatable topics, such as struggling to avoid being defined by a label that no longer fits you. A master at her art, Michelle crafts clever poems that serve as a reminder to love and accept ourselves unconditionally even with all our perceived imperfections.

Having also struggled with never feeling good enough, I can say that Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes was a huge wake-up call to love myself. Michelle G Stradford's poems were direct and easy to understand while containing valuable lessons that anyone can relate to. The wide range of topics covered in this book shows just how much thought and effort Michelle put into it. When I first read the book, my favorite poem had to be 'Grounding' as it reminded me to set healthy limits on how much of myself I can give away to others. These poems are just the exact length for a short and enjoyable read. I also greatly appreciated the eye-catching illustrations that fit the poems perfectly. For anyone looking for encouragement and affirmation during a difficult time, this one is for you!

Astrid Iustulin

We all have something special, but we do not always remember it. Especially if we are in a bad mood or depressed, it is difficult to think that we have energy and qualities and that we deserve the best in life. Michelle G. Stradford's Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes is a book that can help us remember why we are important and valuable. Through the poems in this collection (divided into three sections, Worth, Vision, and Uplift), Stradford invites us to think positively about our skills and bring out our potential.

It happens very often that we meet people lacking confidence or self-esteem. It also happens that a person who usually has high self-esteem temporarily forgets their inner strength and is overwhelmed by sadness. Whatever the case may be, Self Love Notes is the collection of poems that can immediately instill confidence and good humor in these people. Stradford has written a book that you can read in its entirety but that you can also open on a random page if necessary. As each poem is as meaningful as an aphorism, wherever you open Self Love Notes, you will find a word of encouragement, an empowering thought, and above all, the message that you can achieve your goal, whatever it is. I do not think I have ever read a book as inspiring as Self Love Notes. I recommend it to those who need the right word at the right time but have no idea who to ask. You will find here the advice you need.