six reads to ignite a little self-love

The reality of this world is that no one can take care of you, but you. And yet, more often than not, we neglect our self-love in the service of others or the amazing things we are creating with our life. Whether we feel selfish for focusing on the 'me', or it's easier to focus on other realities, self care can be easy to let slide. 

Let's kick that thinking to the curb. Ignite that spark of self-love still in you. Give these six blog posts or books a read if you don't know where to start. 

1. how to know if you're in a good relationship with yourself - the everygirl

Let's start with a little self-evaluation. How are we doing with ourselves anyway? Even if you think all is good in the land of you-care, this list pointed out some ways I have been seriously lacking in the self-love department. Finances as a reflection of self-love? Wake up call! 

2. how to look in the mirror - jacki carr

The letter Jacki Carr has written to her 5-month-old Evi shares a message we all need to be reminded of, whether we have children or not. There's so much that children - and in this case babies - are better at doing than us adults are. Shameless self-love being a prime example. 

3. five tips to holding yourself accountable - in a sequoia

Okay, shameless self-promo time. But a lot of the tips in this post on holding yourself accountable in your work apply to holding yourself accountable to yourself as well. There are also a lot of golden nuggets on infusing some self-love into your day-to-day #girlboss world. P.S. pay attention to tip number four!

4. how to love yourself (and sometimes other people) 

I have yet to complete this book, but every time I flip it open to a random page I am guaranteed to find a hard-hitting truth. A smart, hip guide for spiritual seekers who want to experience more love and stability in all forms of relationships - particularly the one you have with yourself. 

5. in a hurting world, why our self-compassion needs a check - darling

Really struggle with the thought of being too selfish to focus on self care? Think again. This is the article you need to really listen to. 

6. why a good cry is equivalent to church in my book - refinery 29

Self-love doesn't have to look perfect. It doesn't always mean buckets of laughter and joyful smiles. Sometimes, self-love is a cathartic cry. And that is perfectly fine. In fact, we should probably do it more often. 

Now is the time to reconnect with the love you feel for you. Not only is it good for our mental health, but the hippie in me knows that we just entered Aries season in the astrological calendar - the sign that reminds us of the importance of self care! Guys, do it! It's in the stars! 

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