Hi everybody! Happy Valentine’s Day. So I was originally dreading writing this post as I hate V-Day! I’ve always hated it. Single or in a relationship – it’s probably one of the most annoying days of the year! Bitter? Not at all….

So like I said I was dreading writing this. I’m single, and I was going to try and write something witty about how being single is awesome and relate that to gratitude considering my ‘wellness challenge’ is to focus on gratitude this month. But that’s why I had writers block! I just felt my blog would have been forced, writing something like ‘before you look for love, you need to love yourself etc…’ we’ve heard it all before. If I’m honest with you too, I’m quite content in my skin and I don’t need a man to validate this. It would be nice to have a companion but that will happen in time and it’s not my sole focus in life at present.

So why am I writing this? Well I am actually a true believer in love. Not just romantic love. And being focused on gratitude has heightened this experience of love and appreciation.

I have been so busy recently; continuing my training in Health Psychology, concentrating on You Own It as well as setting up another business on the side. Those are my choices and I’m genuinely happy with what I’m doing but I know I’ve been in my own little bubble and have neglected friends and family. The beauty of being self-employed is that I can not only choose how I work, but more importantly WHERE I work. For instance, whilst writing this blog I’m sat in my living room with my family. Probably not the most ideal in terms of on my iPad writing this, but being physically close makes all the difference.

And practicing gratitude has made me appreciate life more. When you focus on the good things in life, you actually begin to realise how beautiful life is. This is what I mean by everyday love, having appreciation for yourself, those around you and your experiences in the world. This doesn’t mean being that you deny difficulties but it helps with appreciating with true joy on things you do have.

So, what am I grateful for this Valentine’s Day:
– That I have awesome friends and family who love me and vice versa
– That I’m content in my own skin and position in life
– That I have the comfiest bed ever!

Let’s practice love and gratitude whenever we can. Not just for Valentine’s. You Own It would love to hear your stories as to how you’re spending your day (and month) and what you’re grateful for!!!

Until next time,

R