Monday, February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine's Day 2022: Part One

Happy Valentine's Day!

Usually on Valentine's Day, I post a valentine on my blog. It's pretty important to me share my love (in all its many forms) with everyone who graces my blog with their presence.

But do you know what one of the most important types of love is?

Self love.

There's a lot wrapped up in self love. It includes self care. That means occasionally treating yourself to a tasty snack, regardless of such things as "calories" or "carbohydrates." It means letting yourself do fun, silly things that boost your mood. It means turning off your work phone once your work hours are over.

Loving yourself means finding that balance between holding yourself accountable and going easy on yourself. You've got to act in a way that generally won't make life harder for yourself tomorrow, but you also can't beat yourself up for not being perfect. Life's a work in progress, and you're doing your best.

Loving yourself means doing good things for yourself, even if they're not necessarily fun things. This could include taking yourself to a doctor or therapist, eating vegetables instead of cookie dough, or putting your phone down and going to sleep when you really just want to keep scrolling. It's hard to do these things sometimes, but you're stronger than you know, and I know you can do it.

On this Valentine's Day, I'm practicing self love by not forcing myself to stay up late and draw the valentine I thought up this morning. In the immortal words of Forrest Gump, "I'm pretty tired." So I'm going to tuck myself into bed.

But I do hope you're all having a good (or at least tolerable) day/night/time, and I hope you can extend yourself some self love, too. Regardless of who you are, I love you, and my world is better because you're in it!

Stay tuned: Part Two coming soon...