Self-Love: Day 17, Grateful for Life

Self–Love: Day 17

What a fun night we had! The actors were funny, there were all kinds of singers, including opera and contemporary, the dancers were spectacular as they swung above us from the top of the circus tent. The food was delicious, and spaced apart so I could comfortably eat all the courses. It was like a mini-vacation.

Al had to leave early to go to a work related event. Since check out time from the hotel was noon, I chose to stay and eat breakfast at the restaurant, and go back to my room to do some work from my computer before going to visit my mother-in-law who lives in the city.

That choice was a self-love choice. The quiet hotel room gave me a wonderful atmosphere to work in. There were no distractions, and I was able to accomplish a lot of work before noon. That felt good.

I visited my 95-year old mother-in-law who is like the energizer bunny (who keeps going and going … ), she never runs out of energy, and we’ve thought we were close to losing her on many occasions. When I got to her house I found out she had walked 3 city blocks to a restaurant, and back again for a total of 6 city blocks, pushing her wheel chair instead of sitting in it!

My visit with her was emotionally refueling. I love being with her, and she with me. I get to sit next to her and be aware of the gift of her still being alive. I am so grateful.

On the way home, I stopped off at the chiropractor’s office and got adjusted. When I got home, Al and I were ready to meet our daughter and her new boyfriend for dinner before she took off back to San Diego.

What a lovely weekend. Loving myself, and my family, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!

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