Diary

My Love Story

My Love Story

I know that self-care and self-love are all that anyone talks about these days. I also know that self-love means something different to each person. To that end, I ask you: are we really loving ourselves? 

People think that caring about ourselves means getting a massage or making time for a bubble bath. Perhaps to you, self-love means nourishing yourself with clean foods. While all of these rituals fall under the ways we respect our bodies, actual self-love goes much deeper.  

First and foremost, we need to recognize that loving ourselves is a journey and a practice we commit to daily. There’s no end goal, no finish line. The work never stops. 

If you’re still confused about what all of this means and how you can start on the path yourself, know that I was there, too. I found my way by putting together a list. It worked for me and I hope it will do the same for you. Every person is different and how we care about ourselves is something deeply personal, but I hope my journey serves a starting point to launch your own.  

  • Do more of what makes you happy—it will do wonders for the relationship you have with yourself. 
  • Outline your personal policies—your boundaries—and keep the list handy in case you need to refer back to them
  • Meditate, pray or speak with yourself, gently. I truly believe that more than just being part of a ritual, this is a way to channel our energy in a single positive direction. This is one you can always turn to when moments get stressful. Think deep and have a chat with yourself. 
  • Thin first about self-care and self-love will follow.  For me, self-care was more mental than physical. I paid attention to my thoughts and sat with myself, observing and being present. In channeling my inner self, I was already doing the work of self-love. 
Love Yourself—You Deserve It

Love Yourself—You Deserve It

Human beings love to spread love. We share it with strangers, give it to the people closest to us and then leave none for ourselves. When the love runs out, we forget to value ourselves. We forget to love ourselves. 

We’re here to remind you who your number one is: you.

Love yourself. Feel yourself. Self-love is so complex but it doesn’t have to be. It can be natural, simple, pure. When night falls and you’re all alone, all you have left is yourself. You’re the only person to count on, to fall back on. It’s you who’s there to cradle you and keep you company. That’s why it’s important to love yourself. You deserve it.

Human beings are valuable and we’re all deserving of love. In a world full of uproar, we always have ourselves. We should find comfort in that. The power to love and care about ourselves is within is. It’s as simple as choosing ourselves daily—waking up and opting to stick by our sides. That’s how life should always be. Love yourself because—you guessed it!—you deserve it. 

Understand Who You Are

Understand Who You Are

Like most of you, I’ve been stuck inside for weeks now, the days blending together like a movie on loop that I can’t just seem to pause.

I’ll be honest, I spent the first few days of isolation trying to ignore my thoughts. I did everything I could to quiet my mind and push away the questions I knew deep down inside I had to address.

But a few days ago I gave in and started listening. I gave myself permission to be introspective and find out what was really lurking beneath my mind’s surface.

What do I really want?
What is my purpose?
What is this global situation we’re all experiencing meant to teach us?

I began writing my answers down and, with each word, felt a little more comfortable with myself. I came to an understanding that I wanted to share with you:

This is an opportunity. We may never get the chance to slow down and reframe our thinking the way we can right now. It’s our moment to examine what we want most in this life and identify our true desires. 

I urge you to take this time to ask yourself the difficult questions you’ve been avoiding. The stuff that’s not easy to articulate but can set you free and help you grow. Who knows, you might just realize that the answers you were seeking were inside of you all along.