It's almost Valentine's Day and you can tell when walking into any convince store. Rows of red heart shaped boxes and big stuffed animals are everywhere. Does it actually make you feel less lovey dovey and more uncomfortable?
If you are anything like me it does. Not just because I'm single but even while in relationships, I feel weird walking around the holiday area of stores. Because it's a forced fed version of what you are suppose to do and how you are suppose to feel around a certain time of the year; a holiday. These are the types of gifts we should get and give. It's a societal expectation we are meant to conform to in order to keep the norm going. It's normal to give a gift to someone you care about on Valentine's Day.
But why only on Valentine's Day? Why not give gifts to special people in your life on any day you feel inspired to. Rather then having to on a certain day.
And why can't one of those gifts be to yourself? Whether you are single or not the Valentine's holiday is a great time to practice self love. Try giving yourself a gift you have been wanting that will further your self love. I'm not talking about consceded ego centric self love, yet authentic self love. The kind of love you should have given to yourself a long while ago. That can come I the form of giving yourself permission to persue a new passion or career path. By allowing yourself not to give in to your pervious excuses of why you couldn't do it before and say yes to your yes.
I did just that in the start of this year. I became certified as a personal stylist. But before I even did that I reached out to a local established stylist to assist her on upcoming projects. The first one I helped her with was a photoshoot for the cover and feature in Santa Barbara Life and Style Magazine.
I finally got a chance to pick up the magazine and see my name listed twice as the stylist assistant. It was completely unexpected and unasked for. As I was simply allowing myself to try out my other passions and see where they could lead. Not bad for my first gig in the styling world.
There is magic in following your yes. My goal is to help others transform into their best self possible. Personal style transformations are a piece of what I offer a long the transformation path. Anything that I'm passionate about and that is inline with that goal is a yes for me. Following my passion purpose is self love for me.
What is self love for you? How will you be practicing that this season? Will you invest in yourself to pursue your passions?
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