Inspiration for Moms - Learn to Self Love on Valentine's Day
It's Valentine's Day this week. Every year when this week rolls by, I tend to think about this holiday a lot. Why? Because I used to hate Valentine's Day.
Growing up, I didn't like the way I looked when I wasn't smiling in photos. I also didn't like how my face looked when my head wasn't tilted the right way for a photo.
But hey, here is it.
My face. Not smiling and not tilted.
Just straight on.
My first two decades of life, I had people tell me I'm not pretty. Adults and peers. I even had a constant reminder by an adult who would tell me I'd never be beautiful or have boyfriends because I was flat chested and would always be boobless. Did it affect the way I saw myself? Yes. Did it crush me? Almost.
It took my third decade of life to realize - I don't care what other people think about what I look like. Because guess what? This is me. My face. And all that matters is when I look in the mirror - that my opinion of what I look like ... my face ... it's what I think that matters. No one else's opinion matters. Because ultimately, I'm the one who needs to love me. If I don't, no natter how many people tell me they love me, if I don't love me, my mind, heart and soul won't believe any of it until I feel the love for myself.
So here I am. Not smiling. Not tilting my face in a photo. Living my fourth decade of life.
Loving myself. All of me. And this Valentine's Day, I encourage you to wrap yourself with love.
Do something for yourself this week. Pamper yourself how ever you want. Go out for a hike. Read a book. Go on a trip. Buy yourself flowers, candy, a gift - or don't.
But don't wait for someone else to show their love for you to realize, you are beautiful my friend. Inside and out.
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