Valentine’s Day always brings a lot of mixed emotions. It can be such a beautiful celebration, a bit of a sad reminder of those we’ve lost, but overall a time to spread love around.
As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, this year my goal was to focus primarily on my health and that inspired me to get reading more about different aspects of wellness. I stumbled upon Gabby Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back and instantly fell in love with her writing.
The book is about asking for and manifesting what you want in your life but it’s also a gentle reminder that we have to care for ourselves. We have to have the confidence in ourselves to ask for what we want before we can go get it. We have to believe and love ourselves.
With all of the Valentine’s Day cheer, I started planning for Cory and I to go to dinner and contemplating if he would send flowers. I debated about posting a long love post on Facebook or writing a card. I never once thought about doing something for myself.
I started thinking about what would happen if we honored ourselves at Valentine’s Day. If we made our own Facebook posts talking about how grateful we were for our strength, commitment, great looks, and courage. If we sent ourselves a card highlighting all of the best traits we have or bought a dozen roses for our desk because we’ve worked really hard to stay focused after the holidays. I started thinking what it would be like if we appreciated ourselves publicly instead of having to wait for holiday for someone else to do it.
Valentine’s Day is a time of love but what we don’t talk about is how important it is to show yourself some love and gratitude.
Everyday we make thousands of decisions. We keep moving, hustling, fighting, surviving, and thriving. We are all here to make some sort of impact on the world which means we each have a role to play.
We spend so much time focused on others, and caring for the people we love but we often neglect to take care of ourselves. We don’t take the time to appreciate the things we accomplish each and every day.
How do you show yourself love?
The answer for me was I have no idea and moving through the journey of wellness I realized I needed to find that answer to start making any real progress. I had to make myself the priority before I could care for everyone else.
We’ve talked about self care being a priority in the past and while society has pushed the notion that it’s somehow selfish - it’s incredibly important!
We do our best work when we feel confident, rested, and happy. So I propose we take the time to love ourselves this year in addition to everyone else.
Take the time to think about your accomplishments and honor them. Focus on your strengths, and why you are grateful for them. Highlight a feature that you love about yourself. Wear your favorite outfit just because (even if it involves sweatpants). Take a bath, have a cup of tea, read a book, watch a movie you’ve been wanting to see whatever it is - do it while honoring and loving yourself.
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