The 8 Letter Revolution: Self-Love

The 8 Letter Revolution: Self-Love | Sense of Sunny

February is a funny month. The aisles of your favorite stores get decked out in flashy pinks and reds. An article in every magazine gives you never ending gift ideas for that special someone. Date nights are planned, messages of love are scripted and chocolate becomes really important.

But a midst this fanfare, an important notion of love remains quiet and void of recognition.

The practice of self-love is among the greatest and most fundamental human revolutions. It is the investing in the core of what allows you to live and give your best self. Self-love is finding and accepting your worth. Self-love is the simple regard for your own happiness and fulfillment.

Don’t let love be the thing that you only reserve for others. Make it yours, too. Because you’re deep like the great ocean and worth more than the stars in the sky.

4 Ways to Practice Self-Love

Forgive yourself.

The greatest philosophers, poets, scientists and artists never claimed to be perfect. They just did what they did best. Don’t be so hard on yourself that you begin to break. Don’t give up because the wall looked like a gate. You’re human and you do the best you can.

Make decisions for you.

You know those desires, wants, cravings and urges–they are you. They are who you’re meant to be, where you’re meant to go and what you’re meant to do. The second you blend into the day-to-day and neglect yourself in the decisions that affect your life is the moment you jump from your book. Stay in your book. Add to your book. Invite others to read your book. But never tear yourself out of your book.

Own your life.

The paths you’ve wandered gave you clearer eyes. The ladders you’ve climbed strengthened your legs. The currents you swam against gave you perseverance. The paths, the ladders and the currents are all yours. Own them. Take your due credit for all that soul building work.

Affirm yourself.

Stop waiting. Waiting for others to call you beautiful, to appreciate your quirks, to see the sparks in your eyes. Take control of your worth and don’t let the opinions or actions of others spin your thoughts into hurricanes. When you stop relying on others, you will always feel it. Strong. Interesting. Brave. Enough.

February is a funny month, but it doesn’t have to be an exclusive celebration. Spread your love to all those who cross your path this week, just don’t forget to look in the mirror.

Say hello to your worthy and full and glorious beating heart.


  • Lori Hil

    Such an important topic. Forgive ourselves can especially be challenging, but treating ourselves like a dear friend helps.

    • Stephanie

      Forgiveness is such a tough thing to find, but so necessary in order to live and love our fullest. I love that perspective, Lori! Thank you for reading 🙂