C e l e b r a t e

Love

You walk into the store and see that red and pink literally vomited itself  everywhere. You quickly want to leave and bury yourself in tons of blankets with a gallon of Bluebell ice cream in your arms while watching sappy chick flicks, longing for the main character’s life. Girl, get up!

I loved Valentine’s Day in elementary school. It was simple. We had a party where all the kids would bring a snack to share, usually sugary sweets, and Valentine cards for every single person. No matter who it was, they still received a card. Of course I made one card extra special for my crush of the school year. And I also made sure the person I didn’t like at the time receive the ugliest sticker (oops). Growing up, I still gave out Valentine’s Day cards to my close friends. They were homemade and extra special for the people I loved. My sophomore year of high school, I received at least over a dozen Valentine’s Day grams from a group of my friends. Oh, how I felt so loved. Later on, I had a real Valentine who treated me to a nice date.

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Now, what’s a valentine? Who is a valentine, and where do you find one for the only day that’s dedicated to this ridiculous holiday? Married couples tell me that Valentine’s Day will just be another day when you’re married. I know for a fact that when I get married that I will celebrate this cheesy day just because I have a forever Valentine. As of right now, I’m sure all of you know that ya girl is single as a pringle and don’t want to mingle. I tend to push potential boyfriends away when they try to get close to me because I don’t want them to really know how I am as a person… which is insane. I’m actually planning on staying home all day and staying away from scrolling on social media so I don’t have to see couples everywhere. But instead of being discouraged, I should

Celebrate.

Celebrate life. There’s so much to honor about yourself such as the oxygen you are able to breathe in everyday or all of the people you made laugh without even trying. Life is full of so much beauty, so don’t miss out on it. Celebrate the love you have with your boyfriend because it’s supposed to be something special. Don’t make him have to buy you all of the food and flowers. Give your boy a lil lovin’ with a sweet hand written letter and a cookie baked with love. He will indeed melt. Heck, celebrate love even if you’re single. I love love, but it seems as if love doesn’t love be back. Take this day to daydream about your husband and what he will be like. Say a prayer for him. Pray that he is doing well. I sometimes ask God to lead me to Him if it’s His will. Unfortunately, He is still waiting for the right time to reveal the love of my life. Celebrate your sweet friends who are always there for you when you need them. They are as good of a friend to you as you are to them. Don’t let them go. Appreciate them and love on them a little more today.141712

Celebrate yourself. You have so much to celebrate. Don’t spend the day cooped up in bed and throw yourself a pity party. Be more inviting to the things you hate about yourself. Love yourself so you can authentically love others.

I’m quiet but can be obnoxiously loud depending on what day you catch me on. My anger can be easily aroused by the littlest thing. My humor is dry and stupid, and my laugh is just as awful as my humor. I can’t form sentences correctly when I speak. My smile is crooked. My lips are always chapped. Sometimes one eye wanders if I look a certain way. I like dead flowers. I am so self-conscious of all of these things. And it’s okay. Don’t let your insecurities consume you. If you look at these quirks in a different light, they make you who you are. You are special. You are one-of-a-kind.

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Honor yourself by loving the your thick thighs because they are strong. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to move or have the power to kick people. Praise the Lord for your little tummy. Food isn’t the enemy here. Eat, eat, eat, but also take the time to treat yourself to a workout. Cardio may not seem like a treat, but honey, it’s definitely worth the sweet results. Work out to eat good. It’s a balance. Be a little dramatic with your makeup. Extend that eyeliner, smoke your eyes, bold your lips. Give your eyeballs a break!!!! Nothing is wrong with looking cute, sophisticated, and brilliant with glasses. Buy yourself flowers because you love the way they brighten up the room. Buy those shoes you’ve been wanting for so long because you know they would go with almost every outfit. It’s an essential.

TREAT YO’ SELF!!!!

Love yourself the way you love others. You take care of others by making sure they are okay and making sure they are eating well. You take care of everyone but yourself. You deserve to do the same for yourself. We love so much that we want to be loved in return, but how can we do that if we can’t even love ourselves? Celebrate who you are and why you are.

From the inside and out, you are intricate, detailed, and complex. You are a masterpiece, a work of art.  (Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 139:13-14)
You are strong because of Christ. (Philippians 4:13)
You were bought at a price. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
Take time to know the scriptures and you will discover who you are.

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xoxo, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Thanks to all of my sweet friends for looking so beautiful for this celebration shoot.

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