Top: Urban Outfitters
Blazer: Jessica Simpson Style
Heels: LuLus Clothing
Sunnies: Desi Perkins X QUAY – High Key
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted on my site, so hi again! Happy Valentine’s Day! How are you? Really… how are YOU? Especially during this Valentine’s season it’s important to take a step back and reflect on, well… you. I’ve realized that this holiday has become so commercialized (yes, I know I have heart shaped balloons in my pictures. Let me live!). It’s all about chocolates (I don’t mind them though. I also don’t mind the 15th, when they’re all half off LOL), teddy bears, gifts, etc.
This year I’m not in a relationship and won’t be celebrating the “common” way, but I am making it a point for self-reflection. Am I loving myself? Am I being kind to myself? Am I taking care of my body? Am I loving others the way I should be as a Christian? These things should always be considered, but it’s so easy to get wrapped up in all the craziness with day-to-day things and forget that these things are important.
To me, Valentine’s Day is no longer just about hoping I have a Valentine. That’s totally cool if I do, but I don’t want to get so hung up on having someone there that I forget that the holiday is about LOVE. Loving your friends, loving your wonky nose, loving the trees that so generously provide the air for you to breathe, loving your siblings, and most importantly… loving yourself.
There are hundreds of bible verses I could post in here, but there’s one in particular that really resonated with me. “Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14. Everything we do really flows from the heart. I don’t ever want to become so consumed in false idols that I forget this. I want everyone in my life, whether I’m single or not, to know how much I care about them by acting on it. By showing initiative. By being quick to forgive (I’m workin’ on that one). By acting with intention rather than reacting.
I hope that this Valentine’s Day you realize how insanely loved you are, whether you have someone buying you chocolates and flowers or not. I hope that if you feel lost, you fall closer to God. I hope that if you feel shameful, you remember that He keeps no record of our wrongs. I hope that if you’re heartbroken, you recognize that time will pass and it won’t last forever. “I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of My hands I have written your name.” – Isaiah 49:15-16
P.S. Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us they know exactly how it should be done. – Rudy Francisco
With lots of love,