In the spirit of ending Valentine’s Week, I wanted to share my stance on love, and particularly, self-love. I’ve written a lot about love over the years, and I’ve talked extensively about self-love, too. Like any relationship, my own practice of self-love has evolved over time, it’s ebbed and flowed, and I’ve learned so much about what it really, truly means to love yourself.

Loving yourself, especially in this crazy world, is a challenging, full-time job. The term self-love though, gets tossed around a lot lately, usually as a caption to a perfectly manicured social media picture, making us believe that self-love and self-care is actually quite easy. We see beautiful photos on on the internet of spas and massages, and vibrant foods, all labeled as self-care, and all deemed “musts” in order to feel at peace from within.

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