4 Steps Toward Self-Love

February is upon on us, and it's become more than just a Hallmark-card, one-day event.

While I was in grad school, February became all about V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against rape and girls. I was writing my thesis on The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler and attending performances that empowered women.

These days as I connect with my spouse, care for three young children, and build my coaching business, February feels more about cultivating self-love and remembering I can't love others if I don't take care to love myself first. 

I've even heard some say self-love isn't as important as self-compassion. Because, really, we might struggle with loving the

angry
sensitive
emotional
yelling
impatient


pieces of ourselves. It may be easier to hold those parts of ourselves with compassion, acknowledge them as human and beautiful, and go easy on ourselves.

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So this month, how about you turn the cards and hearts and love inward?

Here are 4 steps you can take toward self-love:

STEP 1: CELEBRATIONS

You are so awesome. What is it you can celebrate today? Things you have done, parts of who you are, they all deserve acknowledgment and attention and celebration. Take some time to go beyond gratitude to CELEBRATION of you. Write or type six things you can celebrate.

STEP 2: DESIRES

You deserve everything you desire. You are worthy. You are whole. BELIEVE IT! You came into this world being able to experience contrast between what you want and what you don't want. Get clear now on wha you desire, and fill yourself up with self-love. Write or type six things you desire.

STEP 3: LOVES

Other people, oddly enough, love you when you love yourself. Squeeze yourself tight, and think about what it is that makes you --you--. What would you never change about yourself? Write or type six things you love about yourself. 

STEP 4: EMBODIMENT

You are love. You are all of the love. What would your life look like if you lived from a place of unconditional love? Your body would feel different. You'd move differently. You would say things in different ways. Write or type six things you can embody as love in everyday life. 

Loving yourself is a huge step toward thriving, toward living the life you want to live, toward taking every step with love for yourself and others.

With great love for you,
Daniela

P.S. Come on over to my Facebook page and share your celebrations, desires, loves, and embodiment as steps toward self-love.