Ah, Valentine’s Day. Festival of LOVE. Favorite holiday of florists, jewelers and candy shop owners. A day that reminds of of whether we have a wonderful relationship, a not-so-hot relationship, or just a cat.
Valentine’s Day seems to either be very romantic, or very depressing for most people I know. My husband generally refuses to celebrate because it is a “Hallmark Holiday,” an excuse for retailers to guilt people into spending. When we first got married, I was upset by this. Now, I’ve decided to take a different view of this day.
It’s not about the flowers and the chocolates. It’s about honoring myself. I’m taking time to fill up my cup, to be open about where I am at and what I am feeling. To pamper myself in small, but significant ways. The best part is, I don’t need to spend a dime to make myself feel important and loved.
So, I had a nice long soak in the bath, and did every beauty treatment on myself that I could. I painted my toenails, and treated my hair. I masqued my face and shaved my legs. I even used an aromatherapy sea salt scrub. I took my time reading a book, and cut out a pattern for a dress I plan to make. I took a long walk in the woods with my boys, and made chocolate chip cookies. There was no rush at all to the day.
I feel wonderful! I feel pampered and appreciated, and most of all, I feel loved. I’m not dependent on others to feel this way. But when I truly love myself, others reflect it back to me. And that is a truly precious gift to give myself!
Just doing some searching online, it turns out that February 13th is “Madly in Love with ME Day!” Without knowing about it, I totally embraced that holiday!
How will you love yourself today?