I often have people ask me what YILM! means. It's really quite simple:
YILM = Yes, I Love Myself
YILM started out, in the early days of my blog, as a way of acknowledging the way we as crafters feel when we create something new, something we have fallen in love with and can't wait to show EVERYONE! It takes some self-love to put your work out in public, open to scrutiny and criticism (via the occasional troll), and so anyone who does so is automatically showing a good amount of self esteem.
And there is nothing wrong with that. Nothing.
When I put my work out there on my blog, it's because I think it's AMAZING. You don't see the stuff I do not think is amazing because that stuff ends up in the wastebasket. And there is a lot of stuff that ends up there. No one puts out 100% wonderful work 100% of the time. We end up with piles of bits and pieces that just don't work or don't fit the vision we had, so we either put them aside (I stopped doing this because I never used them again) or we throw them away.
YILM was originally typed out as (Yes, I Love Myself) to poke fun at the way I rave about my own work. I made my own acronym because it got tiresome to type it every time. Yes, I know what I make is ephemera, essentially. Yes, someone will throw it away someday (though they won't be getting any more from me if I find out about it!) But in that moment, the moment I finish it and up to the moment I put it up on my blog for all to admire, I think it's pretty darned awesome. What am I going to say, "Well, here is this card I made, and I think it's okay, kind of." Nobody does that. Because if you make something to put out there, you automatically love it and you think other people will too. Why not say so?
I have had people who have expressed their dismay over the fact that I keep using my little acronym, and honestly, I sometimes get tired of it myself. But I keep using it because I have had people tell me how much they really love it. They love it because it makes them feel good that a woman can express a sense of self esteem that strong, because they were raised (as so many women are) to think of themselves as less than, not as good as, or not much at all. They sometimes get into relationships where the other person tries to make them less than, not as good as, or not much at all. It's hard to get out of that mindset. So they feel good when they see YILM! because they see that, yes, someone, a woman, can feel that way about herself, and maybe they can do that too.
So YILM! is here to stay. Oh, I may occasionally forget to type it under my photographs, but for the most part, I usually do. I hope you love yourself as much as you should. At least, as much as I love myself!