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Love and compassion, for yourself

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Carli Astell

Today is Valentine's Day. A loved and hated holiday. Loved by those in love, and hated by those still searching. Either way today is the day for love. So why not love yourself?

As a conscious consumer, I (try to) practice compassion on a daily basis. I look at labels and limit what I eat to feel better about the lives of animals and workers. I am constantly caring for others' well-being.

It wasn't until recently that I realized that I had been forgetting what truly is important and guiding my compassion. Don't get me wrong, I still very deeply care for people and animals and practice a compassionate lifestyle, I had just forgotten about one very important being, myself.

It is often difficult to take a step back and look at your own life and lifestyle. For years I knew that I would be happier if I allowed change, but I just figured I would deal and settle for my cards I was dealt. I was afraid. One day, as if a light bulb came on, I realized that I had forgotten to love myself. I wasn't happy. I had been so worried about all the other people and things in my life that I had completely set aside my own needs. This resulted in being taken advantage of and being put down. As a caring person, I took all the negativity to heart and told myself that this is what I deserve. I was wrong.

Soon after, I quickly discarded all negativity and invited only positivity into my life. I practiced what I preached toward myself first. I took time for me. I painted my nails. I found out my true friends. I found the love of my life. I found happiness. I realized that I deserve the best.

So today, and everyday, I invite you to love yourself first. Practice compassion and self-care. Be who you want to be.

Happy Valentine's Day

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