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How to Appreciate Yourself

It’s Valentine’s Week again and it’s time to focus on appreciation ~ of YOU!  What does that mean to you? No, really. What DOES that mean to YOU?  Sit still for a minute and really see what it means to you. What color comes up? What images come to your mind? What are you thinking? What are you FEELING? When we take a moment to sink into the feeling of Valentine’s Day, it can bring up so very much. NOW, I’ll make it a little harder for you! When you think of Valentine’s Day and appreciating yourself what does it mean? How do you love yourself? 

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Happy Heart for You!

How you approach that question can be how you approach everything about yourself. At a time when we can bring so much doubt, fear and ‘less-than’ to ourselves through our thoughts, Valentine’s day can be a heavy hitter for our self-esteem. “I’m not pretty enough. I’m not skinny enough. I don’t make enough. I don’t have enough time. I’m not loved enough. Yada. Yada. Yada.” See the word that eminates through that? Enough.

ENOUGH Already!! You are enough! Certainly, you can improve. Who can’t? There is a big difference between taking steps to improve yourself and sitting in a space of self-doubt and lack of self-esteem!  It’s time to take back Valentine’s Day and make it about your best friend. Make it about the person who you spend the most time with. Make it about the one who cares most about you: Your Soul.

This week, love yourself enough to hear the whisper’s of your inner wisdom and rejoice in all that you ARE. Your soul knows the truth. It’s time to be kind to it and loving. So here are some suggestions on how to appreciate yourself.  Some are quick and easy. Some not so much!

1) Send yourself some flowers (Or at least go buy them for yourself!) Read why HERE!!!

2) Send yourself a Valentine. Go pick out the one that you WANT to receive. Write a quick note. Pop it in the mail (Yes, Snail Mail, Remember that?) and relish in receiving it!

3) Take yourself out to dinner. Dress up and go out. Alone. Spend time with yourself and in-joy the solitude and the quiet space for self-reflection.

4) Buy yourself chocolate. (My personal favorite of the list!)

5) Write yourself a love letter. This may be hard but try it. You might be surprised by what comes up. If you are not inclined to write, doodle a note to yourself! It will be a work of art your soul will appreciate.

There was a time when I would sit around and wonder when someone would do this for me. It was a place of self-pity. (An ugly place) But, Once I discovered how to do it for myself, others followed suit in showing their appreciation! What else can you do that shows YOU how much you ARE loved? How else can you show yourself some appreciation? 

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12 Comments »

  1. Great idea! I’m going to do all 5(with a slight adjustment for #4 since I don’t eat chocolate).

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    Then, no chocolate for you ! What will you adjust????

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    Comment by Lynne Hundley — February 11, 2014 @ 10:08 am

  2. I love the five ways to show yourself love! #3 is kind of hard for me since hubby always wants to tag along for eating out! LOL

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    Then do a coffee mid week by yourself Lilia!!! It’s awesome to sneak away by yourself for moments!

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    Comment by Lilia Lee — February 14, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

  3. It is so interesting what comes up for me when reading this…. all these voices saying…”You don’t have time.” ” You don’t need that.” “Are you crazy!” All the more reason to dive in and see what happens and all the more reason to looker deeper and spend some time observing my beliefs about receiving. Thank you for these splendid ideas 🙂 Happy heart day to you!

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    Tricia! So glad you see this as an opportunity for you to give to yourself ~ you give to so many others so selfishly ~ take a little for you too!!!! Happy Hearts Day 🙂

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    Comment by Tricia — February 16, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

  4. Love these suggestions, Laura!

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    Thanks Carolyn!!!! Keep Smiling 🙂

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    Comment by Carolyn Herfurth — February 16, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

  5. Great reminder to take time out to love and care for yourself, when you do you have more to share with others. Thanks – Laura!

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    What you say so sounds like an oxymoron but it’s so true! And the women who have discovered this secret are changing the world!! KEEP SMILING Cindy!

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    Comment by Cindy — February 17, 2014 @ 7:18 am

  6. I love your suggestions about appreciating yourself – especially writing yourself a love letter. For a gratitude practice workshop I run I invite all the participants to write themselves a love letter and send it in the mail to themselves. I plan to do just that tomorrow! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Laura Clark Reply:

    I rcv’d one in the mail just yesterday ~ it’s so fun when you write from your soul to your ego~ a great way to step into appreciation. Let me know how it makes you feel, k? Keep Smiling!

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    Comment by Kelley Grimes — February 17, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

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