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“Love yourself first with all your heart,

with all your soul and with all your might.”

~ Stephanie Rainbow Bell

I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day and frankly, was going to avoid the topic altogether this week. But, of course, I know (and you probably do too!) – that anything we are avoiding – is usually the very thing that needs addressing – so here we go.

As we all are made ABUNDANTLY aware, Valentine’s Day is typically marketed to romantic unions and so us single folks can end up feeling like the kid who is picked last for the sports team. Regardless of our reasons and our emotions about being single – with all the media exposure and advertising – it takes a pretty confident person to stand up tall on Valentine’s Day and say “I’m GOOD alone THANK YOU very much!”

Now I would be less than honest if I told you I was 100% fine with being alone. There is definitely a part of me that wants to be in a committed relationship. Not because I feel I am “incomplete” without one, but because I love sharing experiences with others and I like the security of knowing there is a special someone to come home to and that comes home to me. (Married folks plz keep reading!)

But that being said . . . if we cannot love OURSELVES with all of our heart, soul and might – how can we truly expect to give or receive love from another? And if you are already in a committed relationship, it still behooves you to have a good look around inside of you and see where you stand with respect to that!

  • Do you love yourself enough to take good care of your body, mind and spirit?
  • Do you love yourself enough to say no when you know that’s REALLY the right thing to do?
  • Do you love yourself enough to allow for your own foibles, “mistakes”, mis-perceptions?
  • Do you love yourself enough to give yourself special treats for no reason, whether that’s a spa treatment, a new book, your fave food treat or a special vacation?
  • Do you love yourself enough to leave the past in the past and stay fully present to the blessings in the present?

This Valentine’s Day, give yourself the gift of love by acknowledging YOU! How special you are, what a blessing you are, the unique gifts and talents you bring to the planet at this time!

Love YOU first, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might

and then keep doing it!!

Make EVERY day your own personal Valentine’s Day!


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