We’ve all heard it before. We must learn to love ourselves before we can truly love another or let someone fully in. However, in my opinion, if we want to experience true intimacy or vulnerability (which is so stinkin’ hard) we need a little help from the people around us. What I mean is, sometimes the only way to learn self-love is by being loved precisely in the areas where we feel most unsure & most tender. And because most of us don’t learn things the first time, we need to be taught to love certain aspects of ourselves – again & again – by the ones around us. You know, the people who love us most and don’t give up on us.

There is a freedom that comes from knowing who you are. Knowing what principles you stand by, what moves you, and what shakes you. I’d like to encourage us this month to fall in love with taking care of yourself. Baby steps, of course. I find that when I take care of Chantal I am at my best. Therefore, my relationships (and I’m not just talking romantic relationships) are at their best. So go on and love yourself. Take care of yourself. And if you need a little help from your friends, let them help you out.

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