Today I received an email from a friend of mine. 

It was a message filled with love.  

Today, my friend reminded me of some things that I had temporarily forgotten.  She reminded me of how important it is for us to love ourselves as well as other people.

It's Valentine's day tomorrow.  In honour of that I'd like to share a little bit of the love my friend sent to me with you, in case you have forgotten to be loving to yourself too.  

It's loving to...

Allow yourself to be vulnerable.  This is a gentle, quiet strength.

Accept what is, without needing or trying to understand it.

Stay in your heart, in your place of trust, accept what is and let go of all judgements and the need to understand. 

Stay with your creativity - it is what makes your heart sing, and your soul dance.

Take each day as it is, one day at a time. Do each day what feels right for that day, and don't push yourself to do more, or be more. You are enough as you are! Let go of all the 'shoulds'.

Spend time with friends who nourish you. And allow yourself to be nourished.

We do not see the whole picture and we do not need to understand.

Be easy on yourself.

Be in the things that delight you.

I feel very lucky to have such a loving friend.  

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  1. Lovely pictures and thoughtful words!

    Alix x

  2. Wonderful wonderful words and delightful photos Em! Happy Valentine's Day! ♥ Carla.

  3. how lucky you are to have such a friend, what lovely words, thank you for sharing them with us.

    happy valentines day!

    Cate, x

  4. What a lovely post, Emma, beautiful pictures and words !
    Happy Valentine !

  5. That was really beautiful! Loved the paper art.
    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog!
    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  6. It's always so much easier to love someone else instead of ourselves. Hope you managed :)

  7. Lovely post,i like your words and your pictures. Catherine

  8. Beautifully done. Lovely combination of pictures, thoughts, wishes & wisdom.

  9. Thank you for your lovely comments. I really enjoyed writing this post using my friends beautiful thoughts, and finding the pictures for it. I come back to it each day now and read it through. My friend is a very special lady and reading through her thoughts helps me remember what's important. xxxx


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