Here we are again, the 14th of February, a day that most of us know as Valentine's Day. Some people love the day filled with soppy romantic gestures, whereas others could not think of a more pointless day of the year. Nevertheless, today has been a great reminder for me that before anything else, self-love is so important.
Appreciate yourself and everything that you do. It's okay to give yourself a pat on the back for finishing that drawing you've been doing. It's okay to tell yourself "well done" for running that extra mile.
Likewise, don't beat yourself up for not completing a task. Tomorrow is a new day and you can start again. We are always taught to forgive others that we sometimes forget to forgive ourselves.
Live your life with intention. It can be monotonous to stick to the same routine day in day out, not knowing why you're doing what you're doing. Find something that you're good at, find something that you enjoy.
Cherish your body and mind. Feed your body with good food, feed your mind with inspiration and new knowledge.
Being alone is not the same as being lonely. Use your "me-time" to gather your thoughts, to assess your dreams and goals, to reflect on what's been going on. Pamper yourself, read a book, do a puzzle.
Independence is cool. Learn how to do things for yourself even if it scares you. Being able to carry yourself is one of the best feelings.
Find your happy place, the place that makes you smile and the place that makes you feel as though all your troubles just drift away.
Stop waiting for someone to love you. That person is you. Anyone else who comes along is just an added bonus.
Stop waiting in general. Be patient, be persistent, but don't stop moving.
The best person in this wide world to transform you into a better version of yourself is YOU.