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Episode 19 // Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first

So, yeah. Valentine’s Day. In 3 days. How do you feel about that? Are you a fan, or not?

I mean, to be honest, I feel both ways. Sure it’s fun to have a reason to love up on the love of my life. But, then again, why do I need a reason? I try to love up on her everyday. So, if I had to pick… life with V Day or not, I’d have to pick not.

I mean, it really is just a consumer-hyped day of greed and unnecessary overkill. Plus it promotes the idea that one needs to buy things to show love. And that is so very backwards, I believe. Besides, who needs one more stuffed puppy dog with a heart that will just end up in the landfill eventually? Or who needs one more big red balloon that’ll just fade in a few days? And who needs a special box of chocolates on February 14? (Chocolate everyday, I say!) And who needs a reason to take their loved one out for a candlelit dinner? (why not do it whenever you feel like it, right?)

Am I a Valentine’s Day scrooge?

It’s just that I think it’d be so much more fun to show our love whenever. With messages, cards, calls, time together. Sure, gifts too. But, so much more with our presence in the lives of the ones we love. Presence (not to be confused with presents) goes a long way in showing someone that you are there. That they are a priority.

But, that’s not what this podcast is about. Lina and I are not raging against Valentine’s Day at all. Nope. 

Instead, we are tackling the idea that, in seeking to always show our love to others, we sometimes (often! always?) forget to leave a little time to love ourselves. Or, even worse, we can’t even swallow the idea of loving ourselves. We don’t think we are worthy. We don’t prioritize ourselves. And we don’t know how to show ourselves love.

So, today, Lina and I are talking about just that. Discovering why we have a hard time taking care of ourselves + putting ourselves first, and sharing some strategies that we use to help us promote a good sense of  self-love and self-care.

‘Cause it really does begin with us. I truly believe that only when we love ourselves can we truly, freely, really love others.

Listen to our stories, our struggles, + our tips right here: ↓ ↓ ↓

// Other ways to to listen

You can also find the podcast by going to iTunes and searching for liz+lina in Podcasts. We’re also on Acast + Overcast. Also as liz+lina.*

Or you can just click on one of the links below. Easy peasy, right?! As always, if you have any questions or requests, please be sure to let us know! Or send us ideas for upcoming episodes = something you’d like to hear us talk about.

→ iTunes

→ Acast (if you search for our podcast, just type in “liz” and it’ll pop up. but, you don’t have to search, just click on the link!)

 Overcast

So, with that said… Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. And, this year, why not fill every day with a little Valentine’s love? First to ourselves + then to others. Try it for a while and see what a difference it makes in helping you live the life that you really want to live and how it helps you to also become a big burst of sunshine, spreading love everywhere you go.

Sending good vibes + lots of light to you all!

xoxo. liz.

2 Comments

  1. I didn’t listen to the podcast until this morning but I wanted to tell you how much I loved y’all talking about how you make yourselves a priority and try and stay aware of your needs. I’m in total agreement about how important it is. Also, I swear you could have been talking for me when you were discussing leaving your marriage and you said “that was one of the first times I chose myself” – not that we’re the same of course but I remember vividly those first occasions when I did chose myself and I absolutely recognize that moment; for me the realization that it wasn’t good/healthy for me was THE reason I ended my 9 year relationship. So thank you for such a wonderful discussion. Love to you both! xx

  2. Liz Liz

    That moment, is, indeed an incredible moment. I absolutely remember hearing/reading about your choice to leave behind New England and set off on the journey you are now still experiencing. I don’t remember if choosing yourself over the relationship was the catalyst for your literary journey across the US or not, but nevertheless, I know that you listen deeply to your soul and that makes you live such an inspiring, authentic life, my friend. I am so grateful to know you. xo

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