Love Thyself

I’ve never really cared about Valentine’s Day. I even broke up with my husband the day after Valentine’s Day, a few weeks after we first started dating. (At least it turned out okay.) When I was in high school, you could buy a rose made from Hershey’s Kisses to send to someone on Valentine’s Day. And I never got one because 1. Janelle didn’t date anyone in high school except for Evan (who went to a different school), and 2. See number one.

But, in light of this holiday, I figure I should touch base on the topic of love, even if it only relates to oneself.

You know what I’m great at? Like number one? Loving my kids and making sure they are taken care of. I do everything in my power to make sure (except for those rare days when I could care less if they are clean) that they are healthy, happy, and presentable humans. I rock at that.

It got me thinking, this “being number one at making sure everyone else is feeling great” thing. What if I treated myself the way I treated them? They get the best, always, because they are worth it to me. Sadly, I have allowed myself to not think of myself in the same way.

Now, in some cases, this is difficult due to financial reasons, time limitations, or some other reason. Not everyone (including myself) can afford to treat yoself. But, that isn’t to say that being intentional about it is impossible. It isn’t to say that the value goes beyond the dollar amount. It also doesn’t mean going crazy and forgetting about those around me, thinking only of my wants and needs. It just means being aware of myself, loving myself, and being kind to this woman I want to be.

So love thyself. Go get a haircut. Go get a coffee and drink it in your car (in silence!). Go to the library and peruse the books until you’ve looked at them all. Find the clearance racks and buy something that costs less than $10. Get some red lipstick. Curl your hair in the morning. You deserve it.

How will you love yourself today?

Published by Janelle Delagrange

Wife to a graphic designer, mom to three young boys, and writer of the soul.

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