Self-Love Series | On Doing What You Love + Treating Yourself Right

I first visited Chanticleer at the end of March, when the seedlings had just been planted and most of the trees were still bare. When I returned in mid-April, the magnolia and dogwood blossoms had burst forth into song. In late April, the garden was an explosion of tulips and daffodils.

Chanticleer Garden, April 12, 2019

Magnolia petals gently fluttered down, carpeting the newly-sprouted grass, and I was reminded again of the loveliness of the world coming alive in the springtime. The branches of once-bare trees, now budding with teeny green shoots, were a sign that the hibernation period was over.

Chanticleer Garden, Magnolia Tree, April 12, 2019

I love to visit gardens. I love to observe how quickly nature changes from week to week. My friends tease me because I’ve been to Chanticleer three times already since discovering it through a coworker. I laugh along with them because I understand that to an outsider, my actions might not make sense. But that doesn’t matter to me. Chanticleer is my happy place. Exploring new gardens and estates makes me feel alive, and it gets me excited about life. I’m passionate about observing the quiet beauty of flowers, trees, and plant life that is organic to my region of Pennsylvania.

Doing what you love is a powerful expression of self-love. Doing what you love will not always make sense to other people, and that’s okay. It’s more important that it makes sense to you.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In witnessing this gentle transition from winter to spring, I was inspired to write a self-love series. I believe that we all have the capacity to develop a fierce love of ourselves. I think that it just needs a bit of nurturing, like seedlings in the spring.

Chanticleer Terrace Garden, Daffodil & Tulip Field, March 30, 2019

Chanticleer Terrace Garden, Daffodil & Tulip Field, April 21, 2019

I think that society sometimes makes it seem that self-sacrifice, and putting yourself last, is a virtue. However, continually putting yourself last will take a toll on your self-esteem, all aspects of your health, and your future.

How can a daffodil grow from a seed if it is not properly fertilized and regularly watered? How can you thrive in life if you are not properly fertilized and regularly watered (so to speak)?

Think about someone you love very much. It could be your parent, sibling, child, pet, best friend, or a mentor. Now think about the respect you treat them with, how you make time to spend with them, the tone of voice that you use to speak with them, how you look after them (in the case of a child or pet), and the activities that you do together.

Now ask yourself if you show yourself that same regard. Do you respect yourself, make time for yourself, speak to yourself, look after yourself, and plan activities for yourself in the same way? Do you value yourself in the same way? Loving yourself encompasses falling in love with yourself to the point where the answers to all of these questions is a resounding yes.

Self-love is your regard for your own well-being and happiness (Oxford Dictionaries). I’d like to share with you different ways that you can cultivate self-love in your life. If this sounds interesting, then my upcoming series on self-love is for you.

First, I will start off with a blog post that gives you a list of quick, simple ways to kickstart your self-love journey. All of the activities on this list will take 5 minutes or less. This blog will be posted next week.

The following week, I will share another post with you that covers how to cultivate “slow self-love” in your life. These are activities that take longer than 5 minutes a day because they are mindful life changes. Integrate these practices in your life if you want to totally immerse yourself in self-love.

The links to the entire series will be posted at the bottom of this blog once they have been written, so you can access them all from one central location.

This series is my gift to you and to myself, inspired by Mother Nature. I am constantly working on fostering self-love within myself, and I can’t wait to get started on this series. I hope that you will choose to fall in love with yourself this spring. Comment below if you’re excited to start a self-love journey with me!

Access the Series Below

Simple, Quick Self-Love Practices | Self-Love Series #1

Slow, Mindful Self-Love Practices | Self-Love Series #2

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