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Why Self-Love is So Important by Alex Elle

 

Often we are taught that to celebrate, enjoy, and bask in the essence of affection on February 14th, we have to be romantically involved with (or interested in) someone. Consumerism tells us to spend money we may not have on cards that will most likely be met with an "awe, so sweet" and jammed into the junk drawer. Chocolate gift boxes that may or may not be eaten unless there is caramel in the center of each morsel.  And flowers that will absolutely die in less than a week despite the flower food packs they come with them. In all honesty, as an adult, I never really understood Valentine's Day, even as I navigated the dating world. It always felt a little off and a little awkward.


The older I got, the more confused I became about why this one day was dedicated to what seemed to be showering people with gifts and calling it love. I even caught myself getting down and depressed some years because I didn't have a Valentine. That's when I knew, it was time to shift my interpretation of societal messaging and stop being focused on exhausting my emotional and financial piggy bank in the name of "Happy Valentine's Day."


These days, Valentine's Day looks like an intense version of my self-care practice. I like to dive in head first with pampering myself and making time for me and only me. Even though I am married now, February 14th is still deemed a sacred self-love day filled with journaling, podcasts, DIY facials, a warm candlelit bath, writing a love letter to myself, quiet time with a good book, and a lovely home cooked meal. For those of you looking to celebrate yourself on the 14th by stepping into intentional self-love, I've left some things for you to enjoy below.


For your journal:

  1. What am I longing for in this time of my life?
  2. How am I manifesting the love I desire?
  3. What builds me up emotionally, physically, and mentally?

For your face:

1/2 tablespoon of Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask

1 tablespoon Rosewater

1/2 teaspoon of Apple Cide Vinegar

1/2 teaspoon jojoba or olive oil

10 drops of lavender essential oil


This Latte:

1 steeped Chamomile Tea Bag

1 oz warm oat milk

Honey 

Blend all together and enjoy warm. 


This Book:

Real Love by Sharon Salzberg













13 comments

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Sutze

I love everything about this post. When the new year started, I did not make a list of resolutions, but I knew from this year and the years to come, my focus would be SELF LOVE. Unconditional. Unapologetic. Unbridled love.

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Alana

I love this! I can’t wait to do it ?

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Coconutwata

You always hit the spot, whether expected or not. Def needed this, thank you Alexandra!

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Spring In Summer

This is so beautiful…you have NO idea how much I needed this! Thanks again ❤️❤️❤️

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Spring In Summer

Thank you for this….???

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Pretrina

Beautifully Written! Self love us so important.

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Karen

Beautifully

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Tae Walker

Thank you for sharing. This is my year of self love and this is a great start to creating new traditions on vday!

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Karen

♥️♥️♥️ THANK you!!

Feb 08, 2018 • Posted by Janeen

I enjoyed this read. Good perspective. Good reflective questions. Thank you for sharing.

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