Love is in the air

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What does the 14th February mean to you?
To me, the most important meaning is my Mum’s birthday
To most it’s about celebrating love, but as I have learnt from my best friend it can be celebrating the love with anyone, your sister, friend, son, daughter……
To Kris Carr it will be about celebrating still being around after 10 years since her diagnosis of an incurable cancer
Or will it?
I was thinking about my own diagnosis anniversary (which is in August) this year it will be 3 years
Sometimes it feels like a whole lot longer, I’ve been through so much, also achieved so much.
Now, instead of thinking “I must get to 3 years, 5 years, 20 years” it’s about what you make of the time.

So, I’m not perfect and I do get annoyed with my 3 year old when she won’t get dressed on time for us to get to preschool (although I know that it’s our fault for not getting starting earlier)
Anyone who knows me well will know that I can be , let’s say a little fiery at time (I’m am a Leo !)
But over the past three years I’ve learnt ever so slowly to be more present and not get so frustrated so quickly , it is working , honest Mum!!

Last week saw many people, including me, say goodbye to a beautiful soul in Australia, she was my age with a daughter a little older than mine. This is what came to mind “it’s not the length of the journey that matters, it’s how many lives you touch and wondrous sites you see along the way”
I read some amazing comments on her Facebook wall and was totally taken aback by the love from all over the world , love also to her partner and young daughter.

Perhaps you could think of giving yourself some love? That could take the form of a candlelit bath, a fresh green juice, a walk in nature, basically whatever floats your boat and just involves you
Just for an hour or two take other people’s needs into consideration, something us females can struggle with especially when there’s a partner and or kids to think about.

What I’d love to know is how you will celebrate Valentines Day, and what brings you back to the here and now, is it love, gratitude? Please let me know in the comments below….

You can read about Kris Carr here

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2 Responses to “Love is in the air”
  1. Antonina Andreeva says:

    Thank you for your wise words as ever Verity.

    Tis true, although this day has been commercialised to no end, the essence of it remains about LOVE.

    Pure and simple.

    Although I won’t be celebrating as such, I will make sure that will let people close to me know that I love them and how much they mean to me. Gratitude is such a simple thing but it makes your universe expand immediately! Thank you for the reminder, oh and I am very grateful to have come to know you! <3 Antonina.xox

  2. Conner says:

    Thanks Verity — wiser words were never written!

    My Valentine’s Day was definitley inspired by love; first, I wrote a blog post about how you can love yourself and others through delikcious, healthy food. This has always been my passion — I feel I was put on this earth to feed people! :) (Oh all right, sicne you insist, the post is here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/nourish/201302/love-is-the-new-superfood)

    Then I put this idea into practice and cooked a fragrant and colorful lunch for a new friend who was recently widowed and who shares my love of home-cooked Mediterranean food. We had a wonderful time getting to know each other a better over our food, sipping our wine, watching the snow fall outside the kitchen window and reflecting on life lessons.

    To finish the day, I may just take you up on your excellent suggestion of a candlelit lavender bath. You’re right — I put so much energy into nourishing everyone around me I often forget myself.

    Sending you a big hug and lots of love on Valentine’s Day!
    Conner

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