February: a month for l'amour. No, I'm not talking about that day in the middle of the month when we are expected to eat lots of chocolate and then still squeeze into our lingerie. I'm talking about self-love. No one says it better than Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book, Simple Abundance.
"What will you do? Celebrate yourself, find pastimes that make your heart light and your spirit sing. Take in a movie (one of those English period dramas you love), have an early breakfast before work at a new French cafe, cruise the aisles at that incredible Italian market, explore a fabulous thrift shop, browse in used-book stores, visit an art supply store and imagine all the wonderful ways in which you can begin expressing yourself. When you embark on creative excursions, your authentic self will lovingly reveal to you the beautiful mystery that is you. This occurs spontaneously as you make the pursuit of personal growth a sacred endeavor.
Having encouraged you, now let me warn you. This is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, for me the hardest part of the Simple Abundance path was creative excursions. I was simply not used to having fun by myself. It seemed too frivolous, too self-indulgent. Be prepared for strong, emotional resistance. Excuses will be plentiful: you're too broke, you're too busy, who will watch the kids, maybe next week when you're not so frazzled. Don't give in. Creative excusions require an investment of time, not money. None of us are too busy to find two hours a week. If we are, we seriously need to reconsider our personal priorities. Hire a babysitter, let your spouse watch the kids, carve out time when they are in school, use your lunch hour at work. There are ways to do it, once we realize that nurturing our imaginations and developing a relationship with our authenic selves is an investment we can no longer afford to put off."
I challenge you to give yourself some love this month. You could start here, here, or here.