International Love Yourself Day by Donna Powell

I am by far a guru in the Art of Self Love. Now before it is all said and done, I aim to be. But I have learned in my life that in order to be able to love and take care of anyone in the manner they need to be taken care of and loved, then one thing needs to happen. You have to learn to love yourself and take care of yourself first. So this is a journey of epicness. For the next year I intend to focus on what it takes to get me to that point. I hope you’ll tag along…I intend to be going places!

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” Lucille Ball

Hearts. Flowers. Candy. Balloons. Diamonds. Jewelry. Money. Stuffed animals. What do all of these things have in common?

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz

Valentine’s Day. February 14th every year.

Do you just cringe when you see those two words? Single or taken. It’s a day that is supposed to be centered around love, but ends up being centered around just how well your significant other can show they love you by spending so much money. Or if you are single, it’s a day where you want to hide from the world because you don’t have someone special. You want to drown yourself in the chocolate and sweets that are a huge part of the day.

Well folks. Let’s stop that. This year, don’t go big. Or you can if you have someone. It’s all up to you. But I want to propose something just a little different.

Part of my personal work is a Self Love Atlas. And one of things I have worked on is Ways to Love Yourself. And today, I want to share #27 of that list.

Make a Valentine’s Day for you

 “Don’t forget to love yourself.” Soren Kierkegaard

It doesn’t have to be February 14th. It can be any day you want. Or you can make it February 14th. It’s all up to you. I am going to use February 23rd. And I refuse to call it the V day. I’m going to call it International Love Yourself Day.

It’s a day where I can take time out and show myself some love. Maybe take myself on a date. Maybe just indulge in a few little things. It can be an anything and everything you want to do type of day.

Better yet, if you want to get some of your single friends together then do it! Have a party. There are all kinds of fun things you can do. Create a drink around it. Or go all out and create a menu around it. Have a dinner party. But the point of it is, love yourself and show yourself some love.

Isn’t it cheesy when you hear that? I know it is. And I used to shrug it off. But then I learned. It’s TRUE. Holy cow. So now, I try to do what I can when I can. But it’s time to delve in just a little deeper into that pool. So, let do this! What do you say? Start the year off right with a day to yourself. One step at a time, but by the end of the year…Just think how far along you could be!

Donna’s Twitter bio describes her as: “Southern and loud! She loves her Crimson Tide, Marvel Comics, Thai food, Martinis, old movies and books, LOTS of books”.  Her journey towards empowerment & wellness began a couple of years ago when she stepped off a curb and broke her left ankle, both bones. She became aware, then and there:  her body was telling her something had to change!

Since then, Donna has listened to her true spirit.  When she’s not fabricating gorgeous quilts, spending time with good friends, or writing on her blog, Donna takes the time to make herself a hot cuppa tea and truly listen to her body and its needs.

You can follow Donna’s journey on her blog: Lipstick, Keats, and Tea ~ Because sometimes that’s all a girl needs and on Twitter.

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  1. I “canceled” Valentine’s Day years ago. It’s so not a romantic holiday around here. At our house it’s a family holiday.

    I love your idea, Donna, to hold an International Love Yourself Day!

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