Happy Valentine’s Day! On today, I want you to concentrate on self-love. Self-love is taught to us as children and as we grow we begin to nurture everything within us, both good and bad. Self-love requires you to be honest about your current choices and thought patterns. Self-love is not selfish, but it forces you to undertake new practices that reflect self-worth. Now, here’s something to think about. Self-love, self-respect, self-worth…What do these words have in common? There is a reason they all start with “self” because you cannot find them in anyone else. Remember, you cannot truly love another person until you know how to love yourself. Loving yourself enough to realize you deserve a happy and fulfilled life. Well, I challenge you today to practice self-love and appreciate yourself just the way you are. When you learn to love you, then others will love you the way you deserve to be loved in return.

• Find some ME TIME
• Write in your journal
• Read an inspirational book
• Take a long walk
• Exercise
• Take a nap
• Take a hot bubble bath
• Relax and do nothing

Look in a mirror today and say these words out loud – I love myself today because I am beautiful, I am strong, I am powerful, I am fabulous, I am unique, I am blessed, I am smart. Repeat 3 times.

Now, be creative and create your own personal affirmations to describe yourself. Allow this to be your pep talk in the morning, repeat it throughout the day, and you can even post them at home/at work.

For this activity, you will need a journal or notebook, something to write with and honesty. This is a time for personal reflection. I guarantee you will learn something new about yourself.

Day 1 – Journal Prompt: What do you think about you? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Day 2 – Journal Prompt: What are you feeling right now in this very moment? What makes you happy?
Day 3 – Journal Prompt: What are your values? What do you believe in?
Day 4 – Journal Prompt: What are you grateful for? List at least 5 things and tell why.
Day 5 – Journal Prompt: What are you having a hard time accepting? Why is it hard to let go?
Day 6 – Journal Prompt: Write yourself a love letter. Make sure to talk yourself through a struggle.
Day 7 – Journal Prompt: How can you create space for self-love in your life right now and in the future?

When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me -Dr. Steve Maraboli

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are -EE Cummings



  1. These are great suggestions, Latisha! I really need to work on this too, and I am going to set asde some time to start soon.

  2. Just when I think I am making progress I realize I still have a long ways to go. Thanks for the journal prompts, Latisha. I have gotten a bit behind in my journaling and I can actually feel “off balance” when that happens.

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