I want to thank everybody who has participated in the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge this month. Thank you for submitting your self-love writing to this blog. Thank you for posting your self-love posts to the Facebook event page. Thank you for joining us and writing in your journal. Thank you for reading the self-love posts that we and others have written. Thank you for commenting on what everyone has been sharing, and sharing part of your self-love journey in the process. Thank you for trying some of the Self-Love Diet tips that we and others have suggested. Thank you for expanding and strengthening this wonderful community. Your comments, your posts, your actions from interacting with these posts – it’s making a difference. You have made a difference.
January is known as the month of new beginnings and new year’s resolutions, and we tapped into that energy to make January’s intentions to revolve around cultivating love. Instead of setting a short-term new year’s resolution, we posed the question of what would happen instead if you focused that energy into actively loving yourself?
January is almost at an end. Is the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge over? Yes, and no. Each January we host the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge, and January is almost over, but we write self-love posts year-round on this blog, and we extended the date on the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge Facebook event page through the end of February. There has been such an overwhelming response for continuing this self-love challenge, and people have been asking if the Facebook event page can still be a place for people to share their self-love posts, and the answer is yes! We would love to continue to build the safe, supportive and loving environment that you have all helped create.
Each month reflects a different writing prompt. January’s prompt was striving to make self-love a daily practice, writing daily and incorporating self-love actions into each day.
February is approaching, which means a new self-love writing theme. You don’t have to write according to our theme, we just create monthly prompts for inspiration. You can continue writing daily, using the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge as your guide. You can follow our February prompt. You can look through our past prompts for writing ideas, or you can write and reflect on anything you want in the realms of your self-love journey.
When one thinks of February, Valentine’s Day often comes to mind, which revolves around love. When we think of Valentine’s Day, we often think of romantic love and both the commercial and romantic aspect involved in showing our partner how much we love them.
But Valentine’s Day doesn’t only have to be about romantic love. When we were kids, you may remember sharing Valentine’s Day cards and candies with your classmates. When you got older, perhaps you exchanged Valentine’s Day cards with your family and friends. Valentine’s Day isn’t only about sharing romantic love, and it doesn’t necessarily have to revolve around your relationships with other people. Valentine’s Day can be about your relationship with you.
Show yourself how much you love you. Treat yourself out. Write yourself a Valentine card. Take yourself out on a date. What brings you joy? Cultivate that joy for yourself, not only on Valentine’s Day, but throughout all of February.
My mom told me that she has created marriage ceremonies for some of her support groups where she encourages people to write their own wedding vows to themselves. She has even boughten veils and created wedding ceremonies within the support groups. Everyone one would support each other in the ceremonies where they committed to love, honor and cherish themselves for the rest of their lives.
Apply this to yourself. What promises do you want to make to yourself?
This is February’s self-love writing prompt, focusing on cultivating your relationship with yourself. Writing wedding vows to yourself, writing yourself a Valentine’s Day card and taking yourself on a Valentine’s Day date are three self-love actions you can try this month.
Taking yourself out on a Valentine’s Day date doesn’t mean you have to take yourself out to a fancy restaurant, although you can, but treat yourself by doing something that you enjoy. Take a nice hot bath with incense. Take the time to make yourself your favorite dinner. Set up your canvas and paints, and have that painting day you’ve been putting off due to being too busy. Go to your favorite hiking place and enjoy nature; maybe you’ll want to make yourself lunch so you can treat yourself to a picnic.
You can write yourself Valentine’s Day cards all throughout the month, on your bathroom mirror, a sticky note on the kitchen table, a piece of paper wishing you good morning above your bed. You can repeat these self-love actions all throughout the month and add more self-love actions to your Valentine’s menu.
For the month of February, be your own Valentine.
– Emelina Minero