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Why it’s Not Hard to Love February

By now you know that I don’t like the winter and that I’m not a huge fan of Mondays or my survival job.

So I am thrilled to share with you about something that I love for real.

I love February and I am so excited that it’s here.

There’s so much that I love about February.

The holidays are fully behind us. I don’t know about you, but for me, the holiday season is a lot. I spent January winding down and I know that I started working myself up about the holidays back in October.

I love that at 5 pm it is not as dark as it would be in the middle of the night. One thing I hate about the winter is how dark it is when I leave work. But now, every day the evenings are getting a little bit brighter and brighter. I need a little light at the end of the day in order to be motivated to something other than just attaching my butt to my couch watching unsatisfying television while drinking lots of (satisfying) wine. The days are getting slightly longer day by day, and I love it so much.

I love that February is early enough in the year to still feel encouraged to make changes for the New Year. It doesn’t feel too late to start on whatever ideas we thought up for 2016.

But my favorite thing about February is Valentine’s day.

Yes, it’s over the top commercial but all holidays are these days, aren’t they?

Everywhere you look there are hearts and flowers and there are so many super saccharine jewelry commercials on TV; it can be annoying.

But it’s the love. I love that we are all focused on love.

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I know Valentines day is supposed to be all about romantic love but I can’t help but think about all kinds of love, like the love I have for my husband and family and friends.

I also think about self-love and how important it is.

I didn’t make resolutions for 2016 instead, I decided that I would consciously decide on what type of woman I want to be.

And I decided that I want to be the type of woman that loves herself.

And so I decided to be intentional about self-love this year.

When I decided that I should make self-love a priority, it’s like I was being bombarded with the concept of self-love.

I randomly stumbled across this blog post about this book on loving yourself. I bought the book because it was really cheap and I needed something to read on the ride home. It was such a fast read but it was really satisfying for some reason. It took me less than 25 minutes to read and I wasn’t even mad.

Like the book suggests, I decided to try saying “I love myself” over and over to myself.

The only thought running through the author’s head is, I love myself. He says a focused mental loop is a solution.

That sounds awesome to me so I tried it.

Forcing myself to say “I love myself” over and over made me notice that I’m always consumed with how bad I feel. How crowded the train is. How much I hate going to work.

And so since I am still in life changing mode I love that its February and I can be constantly reminded of love.

I wonder what will my life look like after all this focus on self-love.

I have to learn to love myself, my life absolutely depends on it.

There is nothing good to be gained from being negative.

How do you feel about February and the days being a little bit longer? Do you love Valentine’s day? Are you excited that there are 39 days until Spring???

I’d love to hear about it, let me know in the comments!

Until the next time.

Shuba

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