You don't need to be loved to love yourself

In honor of Valentine's Day (which honestly is one of my fave holidays because everything is pink, duh), let's talk about love.

We spend *so* much of our time and energy searching for the "one". You know, the one who will sweep us off our feet, who will cry when we walk down the aisle, who will be our other half for the rest of our lives. And that kind of romantic-comedy-worthy love is great. Having a husband or wife who is your forever partner in crime is great. Being in a relationship that makes you happy is great.

I'm not trying to knock any of that. Because trust me, I want that for myself, too.

But sometimes, I think we're a little bit too caught up in that kind of love. Sometimes, we rely on it to feel worthy or valued. We believe that if we're single or if he doesn't call us back, that we are less than our friend who is happily engaged. Sometimes, our wanting to be loved turns into needing to be loved just to be able to accept ourselves. And that's unhealthy.

Because you are worthy *right* now. You're just as special and valuable and amazing whether you have been single for five years or married for 10. Whether you just got dumped or just got engaged. No matter who you are or aren't with, you are worthy.

You don't need someone to tell you that you're beautiful to make it true. It already is. You only need yourself, your own acceptance, your own self-love. It sounds cheesy as hell (trust me, I know) and it's definitely easier said than done, but it's so true.

Even if you are in the best relationship ever, you still have to love yourself. And today is the perfect excuse to start.

QOTD: How do you love yourself on a daily basis? 

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