Hi friends! I’m calling this week “Love Week” on Rose Gold Outlook for obvious reasons I suppose..this being the week of Valentine’s Day, which I *LOVE*, even though I completely understand it’s a “made up commercial holiday”. I do love the cards and candy and flowers, but I also love that there are romantics out there like me who love it, too. Who love love and want to spread it around.
I guess a part of me will always be that little girl in 1st grade with her decorated shoe box on her desk, eagerly anticipating tearing into my Valentines. 🙂
“Love Week” will be 3 parts, and today? Today you’re up! Today is about Y O U. You know, that person you tend to think of dead last. Yup, that person. The most important person! (it’s true!)
Recently I saw someone use a quote on instagram that said “you can’t pour from an empty well”, and whoa is that ever true. Ever feel like you’re being pulled in a million different directions, like you never have enough hours in the day? And of course, the first things to be crossed off the to-do list are things we do for ourselves. That workout class, a dinner with friends, that scheduled painting class you were really interested in attending. Yup, we always cross ourselves off the list first. I’m guilty of it, and so are you.
We tend to treat others so much better than we treat ourselves. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, to attend everything, to say YES when we want to say NO, to show up early and leave late and sleep when your dead and bla bla bla. Consider this your official “get out of ____ free card” and insert whatever the heck you just don’t want to do anymore.
Same goes with comparing yourself to others and feeling the pressure to be more “perfect” or more like social media posts you see.
We live in a world where we are surrounded by constant highlight-reels of people’s lives. I love social media and I love following other people’s stories, but sometimes I find myself comparing myself to them, or cutting myself down. If someone or something is no longer motivating or inspiring you, end it! I mean it. From toxic friends to models on instagram you follow so you can beat yourself up about not looking like them. End it. Unfollow. Goodbye. In real life, or on social media!
It’s true that the older you get the more you learn about yourself. I keep my circle very small because only the ones who have proven they love me for me and are supporters of my dreams can stay. I support them, they support me. That’s just how this thing works. If not? That’s ok! They’re just not meant to be part of my journey.
This is a (very) short list of ways you should go and love yourself (I dare you to not hum Justin Bieber now!) 😉
Only you know what you need for your soul to be “fed”, but these are things that have helped me love myself a little more, to be prouder of myself, and to stand up and think actually…yes I AM worth it! (“It” being EVERYTHING!)
Oh and of course, I couldn’t post something without an outfit to go with it! This outfit just makes me happy, I love mixing black, white, and red together. This bag was my Valentine’s Day gift from my hubby last year which makes it special. This is actually a dress from last summer, which I made appropriate for winter by adding thick tights, boots, and this snazzy little cape-blazer from the Target WhoWhatWear collection! More looks from that collection are forthcoming because the first collection is pretty amaze.
Look details are below…very interested to know the ways YOU “love yourself”, I’m always up for learning new ways to treat myself better.