A new series Illuminating A path of Self-Love.

Self-love is a word we often hear circling around things like mental health, fulfilling relationships, and an array of other areas most likely involving self-improvement. But what exactly is self-love and why is it so important to have? Is it based on the ego or the heart and how do we know the difference?

Webster defines self-love as, “An appreciation of one’s own worth and virtue.” It signifies having a high regard for your own well-being and happiness, which is a broad definition in my opinion. Self-love or self-acceptance is something that many people grapple with during their life. And while some are aware of their love of self or lack of, many, I believe, are not.

I have wrestled with these thoughts and feelings for myself and others for a large portion of my life. While my path has taken me many places, I’ve had a life-long passion of exploring and working in the mental health field, as well as found a fascination in seeking out the higher meanings of life.
My own journey has led me down a path of advanced educations, sifting through and soaking up a plethora of books, diving into the realm of mediation, connecting with those much wiser than myself, and digging deep into my own self — both the light and dark sides of me. Through it all, I’ve discovered that self-love means different things to different people because our individual values and beliefs drive different ways of taking care of ourselves. But what I’ve also discovered is that more self-love is directly related to experiencing more of life’s joys.

Almost every aspect of our lives can be impacted when we experience a deeper, more authentic love of self. Our individual love levels, as I like to call them, determines which lens we are viewing ourselves and others through. Is it the lens of judgement and criticism? Or is it through the lens of compassion and gratitude? Are we living in liberation of defending ourselves in thoughts, words, and actions? Or are we living as a prisoner to our own responses and reacting out of a need to protect ourselves?

Self-love can be our lifeline to living in complete freedom. With more self-love comes the ability to be more in the present moment — the here and now. We shine brighter whether it be within our professional lives or our personal. We laugh harder and we love freely. However, when I look around, it seems apparent that we are all in a desperate need of more love.

We have entered a pivotal point in our world where I feel most if not all think something needs to change. The questions are endless, “What is happening?” “How did we get here?” And how do we heal?” My clinical experiences, my schooling, and my teachers keep directing me back to the fact that it all begins with the self and the actual love of self.

As we are about to embark on a new year, I’d like to invite you to step into a journey of self-love with me — a journey that changes how you feel about yourself so you can change your whole life. A journey where you allow yourself to be your own best friend. Join me on this quest to discovering what self-love means for you, how a low supply affects your life, and how a full supply can change your life in ways you never imagined.

Starting this month and every month throughout this year, we will explore small ways you can increase your awareness as you embark on your own journey to loving yourself completely. Our emails will offer steps you can start to take towards aligning your energy and your life in love. These steps can be taken anytime, anywhere and will be simple enough to adapt into your life. To get started, check out this month’s love step below!

I’m looking forward to taking this journey with you and discovering your next authentic step in love.

Warmly,

Joanie