This week I’ve switched things up a bit. Yesterday I published part two of my interview with Mara Glatzel, who shared her wisdom on cultivating self-love and building a beautiful life.

So, today, I’m sharing my body image booster for the week, which I hope you find inspiring, whether you join me for this little project or not.

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

There are days when sadness and anxiety wash over me like a 50-foot wave. I’m drowning in destructive thoughts. And everything my eyes see is colored by a black fog.

Maybe you, too, can relate to walking around in a cloud of self-doubt and insecurity.

On those days, honestly, positive thoughts don’t seem very accessible for me. Not much does. As strange as it might sound, what is accessible is my iPhone camera.

In November, Laura Simms, a coach and writer, started a month-long gratitude practice on Instagram. I loved it. Every day I took a photo of something I was thankful for or something that made my day.

It was a beautiful and simple way of looking at life through a different lens, even when the inner critic was roaring and I couldn’t slap away the barrage of shoulds.

You should’ve worked out more this week. Your skin looks terrible. Maybe you should cut your hair super short; it’s looking sooo thin lately. You could accomplish so much more if you were different. 

Because I could always find one thing — even several on some days– that brought a bit of joy or peace into my life. Sure, some days that was a pair of shoes or a piece of fruit. But it was something, and that something sparked a smile.

I paid closer attention to my world. I was reminded of the beauty and comfort that’s regularly available to me, even on the days the fog grew thicker.

All of this is to say that I’d love to do something similar for February. It’s a month that’s typically associated with lovers (because of Valentine’s Day). But it’s really a day for appreciating all the amazing people in our lives.

I want to extend this sweet sentiment to the entire month. So starting February 1st, I’ll be using Instagram (you’ll find me @margaritatartakovsky) to post a photo a day of something I’m grateful for.

It might be anything from an object to a food to a person to a place to an activity. A flower. Sunshine. A nourishing meal. A bike ride with my boyfriend. A journaling session. A walk with my mom. A full moon. A favorite book. A beautiful quote.

I’ll be using the hashtag #dailylove. And I’d love for you to join me. So if you do, please use that hashtag, too.

If you don’t have Instagram, use any app you do have, or use your cell phone camera or any camera. Whatever is available to you, go with that. Maybe you’d prefer to draw your dose of joy, or journal about it every evening.

Whatever medium you use, my hope is that this month-long project helps us find some light every day. Because it’s there. Always. It’s just that on some days we need a gentle reminder to move the veil from our eyes.

Let me know if you have any questions!