This is LOVE week...it is both my birthday AND Valentine's day
|That's me! Chunky cheeks even then!|
So it is habitual for me not to be one to have "parties" for my birthday... instead I love to do something special on Valentine's day to cover both days because I was a single mama for several years...and this was a way to make Valentine's day special for myself and my son, a day to celebrate LOVE... all kinds of Love.
Which reminds me of the time my mom and step dad (who are devout born-again Christians) gave me a sticker that said "I LOVE THE BIBLE" for my bumper sticker.
I was 17 and already absolutely and TOTALLY : in Love with Love .
I had read Buscaglia's book "Love" when I was 15, and I can truly say it changed my life and led me to where I am now..anyhow... so, I took the sticker and almost without thinking I cut off "THE BIBLE" portion of it and stuck "the other" part on my little car's bumper.
There I was ....full of wonder and love at the world around me....driving around in my little car with an "I LOVE" bumper sticker. Happy as a lark, but not for long...
The next time I saw my mom & step dad they were furious and scandalized... step dad walked me out to my car with a window cleaner razor thingy, and he told me to "either take off the sticker or never drive to this house again" ...
he said "what are the neighbors going to think? (and he asked): what does THIS mean???"
I explained it meant:
I LOVE everything, the sun, the moon, babies and puppies and the flowers and the birds...I LOVE life, I love God~I told him~ and I love you too" .. I said!
Oh... I was giddy with the excitement of new life... as we often are at that age!
But, he would not have it. Nope. He said the neighbors would think I am a "loose woman". ..
That it "looked bad" to just "love like that and announce it to the world..."
Afraid I would lose the love and acceptance from mom and step dad, my sticker came off...
It seemed like I could never do anything right ... family is SO important for our sense of self... it is there where we most often look for unconditional love and acceptance...not receiving this from my family of origin has caused me a life-long struggle with low self esteem and self doubt...
In fact, I often hated myself.
|My little painting of isolation. In this big and lovely world...|
one can sometimes feel alone and rejected.
Christine Arylo on the web, she is the bestselling author of Madly in Love with ME and an internationally recognized speaker and transformational teacher and the founder of the
International Day of Self~Love
~-February 13th~ehem!!! MY birthday!!!!
How cool is that????
And just as my mom and step dad at that moment were sort of tunnel vision about words..so can we be about Valentine's..a day to celebrate love in all it's forms....ALL it's forms!
So dear friends, on MY birthday and on Valentine's...
make both days be about LOVE!
- Host a small potluck party – invite all your friends over to celebrate YOUrselves
- Pamper yourself – treat yourself to something you love.
- Write yourself a love letter – make a list of all the things you love about yourself
Make something nice for yourself- a yummy meal or dessert, a craft or art project...
Simply gift yourself FREE time.... retreat into your favorite room with a favorite book, paint, watch a movie...
- Just do what you LOVE to do... just for you!
I will giveaway 5 downlodable cards from our: www.OlivosARTstudiostore.com
All you have to do is be both a follower of this blog AND our Facebook page... and leave a comment on this blog telling me which of the cards is your favorite....AND if you share about this giveaway and encourage friends to join us on FB and here too...well they can qualify as well..plus you get my grateFULLness and good Karma * for.ever!* :)
YOU are LOVED!