It's such a nice holiday for those who are happily with someone they love (or really REALLY like). The romantic cards, maybe some flowers, a quaint dinner with just the two lovebirds.
Now, I'm not writing a hate letter to Hallmark... BUT, it seems like V-day puts so much pressure to have someone to say "I love you" to. And it puts some folks without a someone, feeling as if they are missing out on the specialness of the day. I, myself, do not have a Valentine in the romantic sense right now. It can feel lonely when you aren't going to be spending time with someone you really care for. But I have my own little Valentines who give me that warm fuzzy feeling throughout the year.
I've heard this saying a million times - You have to love yourself first. So, today is the best day of the year to start this journey of self-love (heh, not THAT kind - but if that's how you wanna start your lovin', by all means, go for it!).
So how does one tell his/herself that they care? I don't know about you all, but I got a big ole' cup of gelato - it was like a hug from the inside.
I've been doing my exercise from last week, of looking at myself in the mirror, but skipping the physical aspects and diving into my inner self. I think I'm starting to break through, just a little. It's only been a week! I'm not so embarrassed, anymore. It's hard to try to dig deep into yourself to find what's going on in there. But, I'll keep on keepin' on.
Maybe some are asking themselves why I seem to be writing more about the inner self than clothing, make-up, and the upcoming styles for the next season. I could write about that, but I also believe that you have to feel good about yourself as a person, and feeling more confident in the styles that best fit you will come with time. And not the "you" after losing the weight you want to get rid of, or the "you" who will take better care of yourself when the kids are older. It's the now "you" that matters.
Does anyone have some good ideas on how to show yourself the respect and devotion we should have for ourselves? I'd love to hear them and I'm sure there are others who would appreciate some help with this journey.