Valentine’s Day: Love Yourself Edition

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope that you are spending some time today with someone you love whether that is a significant other, family, friends or a cuddly pet.

I asked Adam to be my valentine last night and he accepted for the 12th year in a row! I’m definitely a lucky person to have him as my partner in life.

I’m sure a lot of bloggers will be writing about their husbands/wives today while others will write up the reasons why love running. I want to deviate a little and talk about loving ourselves.

I’m not talking about having to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure every once in a while (though those things are nice). I’m talking about just taking care of ourselves.

It’s easy to burn the candle at both ends of the stick.

It’s easy to want to excel at work or school, to cook healthy meals at home every week, to go running for 60 minutes every day, to strength train several times a week, to spend quality time with our significant others every night, to cram the weekend full of activities with family, friends and hobbies.

… but what about taking time for ourselves?

What about taking time to sit in silence. What about sleeping in every once in a while. What about leaving work on time and not checking email when we get home. What about ordering in and eating on the couch. What about reading a book just for fun. What about skipping a run when we feel run down. What about not feeling guilty about any of it? 

Can we do that?

Let’s do that.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

10 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    You are so right…we really should be working on taking care of ourselves. As I was reading your list I was like, nope, I don’t do any of those things ever. I need to get better at jus taking time to relax. Hope you guys have a great Valentines Day! Its our 12th one also:)
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  2. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    PREACH!! Best V day post, hands down!

    I’ve been struggling lately with exactly what you mention. The feeling of needing to “do it all” – the meal prep, exercise, reading, writing, cleaning, etc – is overwhleming. I feel like no matter what I do there’s just never enough time for everything. Thanks for the reminder to stop and smell the roses (or the take-out :-).)

  3. Cindy

    It’s always good to get that little reminder to just breathe. 🙂

  4. Schlub

    I love myself way too much. I’m accepting of that. God made me this way, no sense changing his plan lol

    Great post today!!
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  5. Heather [is probably running]

    Yesterday: Work, school, more work, laundry, run, more laundry, homework, dinner.

    Definitely guilty of trying to do it all and forgetting to give myself time to just be. I ended up with last Friday off work AND took it as a rest day. It was definitely a much needed break and I’ve already scheduled another off day for myself in a few weeks (helllooo spring break!). Wish it was more often but it will have to do for now.
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  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I’m all for not feeling guilty! Whenever I feel guilty for leaving work when the bell rings, I remember that there is allllways more to do, even if I stated extra every night. I’d rather go home, regroup, and come back 100% tomorrow.
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  7. Ana

    This is fantastic! With this inspiration, I’m totally getting myself a soft pretzel after work!

    Happy Valentines’ Day!
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  8. Heather @ GGR

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

    I used to feel so guilty leaving work right away, but now I’m really appreciating spending extra time at home or running. 🙂 It’s a bit of a personal goal for me this year.
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  9. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    You know what’s bad – finally getting free time and then trying to figure out what I really wanted to do when I had “down time”! That’s usually my problem.
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  10. Nathaly Abrahan

    What you say is so accurate! But sometimes I feel like I really don’t have the time to take time for myself. However, strengthening your self-love is so important to give love to others (even if it’s not about taking the time).

    Happy Valentine’s day Kristina:) Your kitty is so cute.
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