Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Spring is around the corner and everyone at The Fit Factor Studio is working out in high gear getting ready to show off their Spring/Summer beach bodies. Looking good guys and gals!
This month we celebrate a holiday dedicated to going out of our way extravagantly with chocolates, cards, and flowers to show our love for others. Whether that be a significant other, wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend(s), family, or pets, there’s always a way to show your love and find a great excuse to pig out on some sweets.
Valentine’s day has always been a big family day for the Wilson family, usually showering mom with wonderful gifts for loving hooligans like us 365 days a year. Out of her wonderful motherly love, she always sends my brother and I a ridiculous card and enough chocolate to put us in a week long sugar crash coma! Love you ma!
So love yourself, love others is our topic for this month. I challenge you this month to ask yourself two questions: 1) “What acts or services am I doing for those that I love, to show them that I love them?” The second one is a little tougher to answer: 2) “What acts, services, time do you take to appreciate yourself?” Now the second one may sound egotistical or self-glorifying on its face, but don’t take it that way.
Let’s cover loving others first. If you really love someone, you are committed to going out of your way to show them that you love them. Depending on the extent of that love (romantic, friendly, family, etc.) it will most likely require putting their well-being before your own. Go out of your way this month to show love to your family, friends, significant other, or even a complete stranger! Every day you have the power to use your positivity and love to change someone’s day. Give someone a compliment, buy someone in the Starbucks line a cup of coffee, take a coworker to lunch, write your best friend a letter. Random acts of kindness have the power to turn a bad day into a great day, and it’ll make you feel great too.
Loving yourself may be a little harder for you depending on your personality type. Personally, I’m extremely self critical and I overwork myself often. I’ll be the first to say that I don’t take enough downtime in my life. You know what happens next? I crash, I get exhausted, I go into a Netflix cave for a week, I hibernate, and I question my goals and my career. I take in all of the challenges, and none of the successes, wonderful friendships, and great memories I have. Lack of self-care, self appreciation, and downtime can induce down or exhausted periods in your life that can inhibit your ability to love others. Trust me, I’m an expert worrier, take the time you need for yourself so that you can love others to the fullest. Stop working on weekends, watch a movie by yourself and have your favorite meal, celebrate your triumphs in your personal and professional life, take a peaceful walk or hike, read that book you’ve been putting off.. Stop for a second and breathe. Take your eyes off of the foggy path or mountain in front of you, and turn around to gaze at all the peaks that you’ve already climbed!
There’s a great quote from author Andy Andrews that basically says, “Positive, enthusiastic people attract other people. Most every opportunity in your life comes from another person. Therefore, positive and enthusiastic people are typically successful and live vibrant, abundant lives.” I truly believe that your life’s equity is summed up in your character, and the quantity of quality relationships that you keep and how you show your love to others. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! :)