The first time I saw this poster in Whole Foods I thought, “Dang; if I treated (or talked to) Rick the way I treat (or talk to) my body he wouldn’t last a day.” He would straight up RUN away. Granted, I have made lots of progress in the past few years, but to be completely honest and transparent, if left to my own devices and without some serious self-checking I can be downright nasty to myself.  I mean, at my worst if my body really belonged to Rick the way I treated it, he would be walking around underfed, overworked, over-trained, and never satisfied – sounds like a terrible way to treat someone – I’d run away as fast as possible too!

I don’t think it’s a terrible quality to strive for more; to never get “too comfortable” but that doesn’t mean you can’t love yourself in the process.

Speaking of loving yourself……

February is just around the corner and it’s my favorite month! Mostly because it’s my birthday month, but also because it’s the month when love is in the air.  And who doesn’t love L-O-V-E? Last year I celebrated the month of love by dedicating it to “Self Love” awareness; aka: the art of practicing self love.

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with images, stories, tweets, status updates displaying images of what appear to be “perfection” and inadvertently telling us that we aren’t good enough, comparisons at every turn; making a conscious effort to turn those messages around; to love yourself regardless, just the way you are, is an important and necessary practice. So…..this year, I’ll be sharing the love again on all my social media outlets with the theme: #TellMeMelSelfLove and I’d love to have you join me.

Loving others starts with loving ourselves – that means loving every single part of us and where we are right now.  Do you treat (or talk to) your body like it belongs to someone you love?

“You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you”

– Song of Solomon 4:7.