Maybe it’s because it’s one of my favorite words, or because it makes me happy to see hearts sprinkled all around me, but even after Valentine’s Day has come and gone my thoughts are still set on love. I want to be intentional about spreading love to all the people in my life, but I often forget one person in particular… myself!
As a wife and mother I find that I keep forgetting to include myself on the list of people to show love to. More importantly, when I do remember I often feel selfish for doing so. Why is that? I know there’s nothing selfish about taking care of myself, and that if I don’t show myself the same love and grace I show those around me I won’t be able to keep my spirit full, but I still struggle with it. I wonder if you’ve felt like this before, too? The crazy part is, that it doesn’t take much to refill my spirit… a bubble bath, going for a 20 minute walk alone, or even just painting my nails. When I show myself that I’m worth caring for I feel like a new woman, and I find that I have more love to share than before.
This month, the one that’s all about sharing love, I’m going to start being more intentional about showing myself the same love that I show others. Will you join me? Let’s remind each other how important it is to take care of ourselves so we can take care of each other.
What kind of things do you do to refill your spirit?
Meet Heather Hamilton, our Inspiration contributor. She’s the wife to one + the momma to three; two that live in her house + one that lives in God’s. You can find her sharing her journey to becoming the girl God created her to be over at her blog, Life Made Lovely, and sharing her love of handmade in her new shop, The Paperie. She’s the founder of the Joyful Life Library and the curator of The Joyful Shop, which uses 100% of it’s profits to support the library project. And every day, she chooses joy.