The Importance of Self-Love

I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day – well being single for the first 19 years of my life could have something to do with that. I feel grateful that I was able to spend one V-Day with someone last year, however, this year, I’d rather spend it with my dogs.

Being single after spending last February 14th in a relationship has made me start thinking about self-love. It took me a while to fully appreciate myself for who I am and how to be truly kind to myself because I can be my own worst enemy. I want to take a more up-beat approach to this post, though. Below you will find a (short) list of things I love – whether it’s certain athletes, feelings, my dogs, or just little things in my life.

I love…

  • How excited my dogs get when I come home from school for the weekend
  • A warm shower on a cold day
  • Talking about baseball with others who love it just as much as I do
  • Finishing my run knowing I pushed myself a little further
  • Law & Order: SVU marathons
  • All of my former baseball loves that have moved onto greener pastures (ex: Jacoby Ellsbury, Will Middlebrooks, Tim Wakefield, Daniel Bard, Jon Lester)
  • All dogs – I’ve never met a dog I didn’t like
  • Cheesy Hallmark movies
  • Spending some quality time alone, but balancing it with spending time with friends
  • Reading a good book
  • My mom’s cooking
  • Long drives
  • The feeling of clean sheets and new PJs

In my experience, I’ve seen myself at my worst, and I was lucky enough to find someone who helped me find the best version of myself. I haven’t lost that, and I’ve only been improving since. Take a few moments and think about the things you love. It’s the things that make you happy, relaxed, and feel good about yourself. You deserve the best.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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