I've overcome adversity and a negative self-image by delving into art discplines-- producing work that amazed and nourished me to the core. Art saved my life.
I believe that everyone is creative. In fact, we are craft-
-ing and improvising every day. We don't have scripts memorized yet we speak and respond in each moment. When cooking a stew, we run out of thyme-- so we use sage.
I also believe that valuing yourself is imperative if you want to thrive.
Acknowledging that life contains a series of emotional highs and lows, I think that self-worth needs to be maintained. I maintain my feelings of self-value by pursuing ventures that arouse wonder, joy, triumph; rejecting situations that cause persistent feelings of discontent, debasement or acrimony.
For me, producing results is an artistic act-- whether it's cooking, singing, or inventing a solution to a nagging problem. Consistent creativity can be a powerful affirmation of your own unique contributions to the world; evidence of your self-worth.
Creativity is within you. You just need the will to go toward it,
and the tools to move through it.
Let me know if I can help.