Valentine’s Day use to be a day when the single lady would binge watch chick flicks while eating a pint of ice cream. Valentine’s Day isn’t just a holiday for couples anymore. It has morphed into something so much better. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I saw the holiday for what it really was meant for – to remember to love those around us. Although this should be practiced every day, the 14th day of February is a great reminder to take time to just show kindness to our friends, children, teachers, and even those in our community.
It might be easy for you to write up a valentine for your friends or children, but what about for yourself? What is that I just asked?!! When was the last time you showed love to yourself?
This Love Your Selfie Album is similar to the 40 Selfies Before 40 Album I created a while ago. This selfie album’s theme is to document those things about myself that I love about myself, that are unique, or special. It became quite the challenge!
Pages 1 and 2 were not hard. It is so much easier to list what I love about others than to write what I love about myself. That is why this is such a good exercise. I dedicated this book to my children so that they could later read about my personality. Maybe they will have a similar idiosyncrasy as an adult and wonder where it came from. Ha!
Future generations will know more about me than just a caption from a photograph. These notes will say so much more.
I listed things in the book like, “I am an introvert. It takes a lot of courage and strength to get out of my comfort zone every day.” There is nothing wrong with being an introvert, but I want my kids to know that they do not need to be afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone every once and a while if it means they will see something special that this world has to offer.
Before and after selfies are included with some positive self-talk. It is ok to not have it put together every day of the week!
Using the Heidi Swapp Storyline Deck of Days stickers and photo corners helped kick off some of the prompts. Plus it was easy to match colors of each page.
Whether you create a countdown like I did or not, listing things about yourself that you love can change your state of mind. It was easy to feel grateful for the unique way that I am made. It opened my eyes to some of my personality that I can not change. For example, one of my love languages is gifts. To show someone I care or that I am thinking of them, I have to make them a gift. It just is something that I have to do. Maybe you know someone that is like that too…
I have made a card or other paper crafting project to share with someone. I even grew paper white bulbs at my window all winter long, just so that I could give someone a bulb of budding flowers to make their day. That might seem strange to some, like the crossing guard at school, but it really gave me time to think and appreciate that person and what they do for either my family or the community.
This album is similar to that but in reverse. To take time to think – REALLY think – about all that I am, not only for my family but also to those that I come in contact with in my community.
This Valentine’s Day take time to love yourself for a little bit. When you take time to appreciate YOU, you will find that you are unique and special in so many ways.