Self-Love Diet Tip #13: Tell the People You Love that You Love Them

Tell someone you love them

Steven’s Lesson Relearned

I’m relearning a lesson my nephew Steven taught me 7 years ago. The Self-Love Diet Tip #13 is: “Tell the people you love that you love them.”

I have a BIG family, so staying in touch with everyone is not always easy. Steven was one of many nephews of mine. When I found out he had brain cancer I began calling him. I hadn’t called him before that diagnosis. Those conversations were wonderful. Before he died I listened to his dreams and learned who he was beyond his role as my nephew. Since that time I’ve tried to stay in closer touch with my nephews and nieces.

Yesterday I found out that another family member has been diagnosed with cancer. We are now sharing fun texts and more frequent phone calls.

I’m reminded how tentative life can be, and how important it is to tell those we love that we love them. It is time well spent.

Blessings to you on your 31-day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge,

Michelle Minero

31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge

January is Self-Love month, and it marks the 4th year that we’ve hosted the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge. You can participate by submitting your self-love writing to be published on this blog. You can submit your writing here. You can also participate by writing your self-love posts on your own blog and linking back to the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge, 2014 blog post and Facebook event. If you don’t start on January 1st, that’s fine! You can jump into the challenge whenever you want.

Win a Copy of Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works

Each blog post you write is one entry into our random drawing to win an autographed copy of my book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You’ll also be entered into our drawing to win our upcoming Self-Love e-products that we’ll be announcing soon.

If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your self-love writing, you can write in a journal or write yourself self-love emails. If writing isn’t for you, simply reading others’ self-love writing can be powerful and beneficial to you on your self-love journey.


Michelle Minero, MFT 3Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.

Michelle 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 theLove Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.

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