I’ve always loved the month of February. Perhaps it’s because I’m fond of heart shaped objects? Or that it’s the season of love? There’s just something about this time that inspires me to take a look at the love in my life.
I feel so blessed to have a partner to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, yet what truly makes this month special for me is I’m inspired to revisit and reignite my practices of self love. I feel drawn to deepen my awareness of how I show up for myself on a day-to-day basis, with those I love, and what I choose to shower with love (my work, my relationships, my home, etc.).
I know from my experience in my healing practice and working with thousands of people, that love truly starts with loving ourselves. The more we fill ourselves up first, the more we have to give to others…and the more pleasurable, fulfilling and joyous our lives feel.
This month I thought I would play with writing a love letter to myself….more of an interview so I could reflect back on how I have experienced this thing called LOVE.
What are 5 things you love about yourself?
* I’m compassionate and a good listener * As challenging as it can be at times, I practice taking responsibility for my part in all of my relationships * I’ve discovered a way to be of service and love my work! * I’m courageous and take risks…I am willing to make mistakes and learn from them * I’m a growth seeking being, always wanting to learn and grow
How can I love you more?
* Continue to be aware of and release my perfectionistic ways * Be more gentle, kind and loving with myself (in other words…speak to myself as I do others) * Make solitude and silence a priority in life * Stick to my bedtime routine at least several times a week * Create ~ express ~ play everyday!
When was the first time you fell in love?
I was in the 2nd grade. His name was Ronny and I was taller than him.
I remember being shy and silly and feeling all tingly around him. I was around 14 years old when I really experienced the kind of love that overtook me….the kind of love where everything else takes a back seat. Where we were planning our future after we would graduate from high school.
When was the last time you fell in love?
I actually fall in love again every day…..my friendship with my husband began over 2 decades ago but we actually didn’t “get together” until 2007. This legendary love affair is a gift that keeps on giving.
What was the biggest challenge around love in your life?
Two things come to mind…..both around the feeling of “love lost.”
The first was when I was 10 years old and my parents got divorced.
I was confused and heartbroken in a way I didn’t understand. It caused me to grow up really fast.
The second time was when my first husband passed away. It was sudden…I felt incomplete. I worked through guilt and regrets. Now, almost 14 years later I’m at a place of deep gratitude. I feel blessed that I’ve experienced two legendary loves in one lifetime.
What are some experiences in your life you loved?
Gosh…there have been SO many!
I really loved my high school years…the friends and fun activities together.
I loved all the weekends in Bimini and the Florida Keys and then later on in the Abacos (Bahamas).
One of my most memorable times is crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the Sea of Abaco….dolphins playing alongside the boat and starfish on the bottom everywhere. I’ve always been a Mermaid at heart 🙂
Me on the Finest Kind
Another experience that I’ve loved in my life is when Soul Play found ME!
Soul Play has been such a gift to me in falling more in love with all aspects of my life….my work, my family and friends, my finances, my home, my body and myself.
That’s why self love has been such a priority in my life. It keeps my heart open to magic and joy. It allows me to live an authentic life where my soul is made visible and is healing for my body, mind and spirit.
“All love begins with the love within.” ~ Vironika Tugaleva
I invite you to take a few minutes and play with me.
Write yourself a love letter or interview yourself aboutlove.
Just allow what comes up for you to flow onto the page.
Remember…you can’t get it wrong! Love just is…