Save Some Love for Yourself

Antique_Valentine_1909_01Valentine’s Day 2017 is here! [Scroll to the bottom for a little history.]

We give and receive gifts and flowers to the ones we love. Our partners, friends, and families.

~Do we, can we or should we also give ourselves gifts of love?
~Would there be a benefit?
~What gifts would we choose for ourselves?
~How would it feel to treat ourselves as we do the ones we love?

We are so busy as entrepreneurs, small business owners, and corporate staff, we too often forget about ourselves!

It’s ‘natural’ for women to be this way. For two hundred generations (5000 years) we spread ourselves so thin … we gave it all to our families and what precious little was left, we took for ourselves. If that was all we were doing with our lives today … fetching water, harvesting crops … that would be one thing. Women today carry quite a load. And so often based on very clear statistics, we do it ALONE.

To take your business from good, to great … to Extraordinary, it will require that you become balanced and maintain being happy, healthy, and wealthy. All three give us the extraordinary. We’ve known those wealthy and miserable. Or wealthy, and unhealthy.  That is not extraordinary. Jessica Hairston, MD presented this very topic at Excelerate 2016!

In light of this Valentine’s Day 2017, why not give yourself permission to give yourself a gift of love … something that makes you feel loved.

Then do it!

It could be a walk in the park, a facial and bubble bath at home (no interruptions), an evening reading a book on your list to read for some time. Put it on your calendar like a real appointment! Turn off your electronics, leave your phone behind, and remind yourself how it was when you were a youth. It was, after all, “all about you!”

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Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[1] is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country. [Wikipedia]

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady).[6] Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.[7]

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