The Importance Of Love
Yes, the store aisles are overstocked with romantic cards doused in corny messages, endless heart-shaped candy boxes tempting you as you walk by, and bouquets of roses that are triple the price, but I wouldn’t have it any other way once February 1st hits. Valentine’s Day is pegged as a “Hallmark Holiday,” but in a world that needs as much love as possible, I welcome the excuse to take a dedicated day to say I love you. In my eyes, this heart-shaped day isn’t just about celebrating couples. It’s a day to celebrate love in any way, shape or form: love for friends, family members, girlfriends, boyfriends, wives or husbands and perhaps most importantly, love for yourself.I believe one of the secrets to happiness is having a true love for yourself. Far too often people lose sight of this, burying themselves in worrying about what other people think or expect from them, so much that they start living life in ways that make others happy but not giving themselves what they truly want . And everyone deserves to be who they are and live a life that is authentic to them. If you already know your worth, take today to celebrate that. Treat yourself to something you love, order your favorite food, enjoy that delicious glass of wine, and break your diet for the night by indulging in a sweet treat. If you are on the journey of realizing your worth, let today be the first day you wake up and realize how special you are and what you have to offer as an individual that you perhaps haven't acknowledged before. Whether you are celebrating today with someone else in your life, or taking the day to celebrate yourself, I raise a chocolate, a rose, a teddy bear holding a heart, and a glass of champagne to living a life full of love and to always remember to be good to yourself. Let this holiday be a reminder of that, and every day from here on out.Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends.