Before having kids, I was always slightly annoyed with Valentines Day, whether I was in a relationship or not. The overpriced flowers, chocolate and over-emphasis on romantic love just rubbed me the wrong way.

Parenting has transformed my views about it and I now see it as a chance to openly express the things I love and appreciate about the people in my life and about myself. Today I'm going to work on a little art project with them and string together construction paper hearts where we write the things we like, love and admire about the people closest to us, and more importantly, the things we like and love about ourselves. 

Love comes in so many forms, and really is worth celebrating. No need for a romantic partner. Yourself, your mom, your best friend, your neighbor, your kids are all worth celebrating. 

Try taking a time out to journal about these and see if you can transform the way you feel about Valentine's Day:


What are the top 10 things you love about yourself?

Don't stop at two or three. Or even five. You have way more than 10 things, so think about it!


How can you express love and appreciation for yourself today?

Consider some of these possibilities:

  • Listen to music you love
  • Curl up with a book
  • Cook yourself a delicious meal
  • Pause to breathe when you need it
  • Enjoy a cup of tea 
  • Book a massage or a biofeedback session
How can you express your love for someone else today? 
Consider some of these possibilities:
  • Write a short note
  • Send a text
  • Give a hug, hold a hand, pat a back
  • Smile and hold eye contact
  • Surprise a loved one a cup of coffee
  • Put your phone down and have a meaningful conversation


Love, in whatever form(s) it shows up in your life is worth celebrating. You are worth celebrating! To show you just how worth it you are, I included a free gift for you below; it's thirteen pages of self-care for mind, body & spirit to promote stress relief and resilience.  


All the best, 

Jessica Hill Powell, NBC-HWC, RYT-200
Founder + Health Coach at Meridian Integrative Wellness

For you on Valentine's Day, friend.

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