Welcome to the second month of the year here on The Ink Owl. For me, February has always been associated with love, probably because of society’s obsession with Valentine’s Day. Obviously. I am always put into mind of the Valentine’s boxes we would make in elementary school withe cut out hearts and tinfoil covered empty shoe boxes. February holds memories throughout my life of young awkward love, infatuations, hard facts of reality, heartbreak, and moving on.
This month I’d like to focus on a different aspect of love, Self-love. It’s something far too often overlooked in our daily lives, yet is vital to our existence as living beings. And as I’m striving to live differently this year I am on a quest to love myself more than I ever have in my life. I’m learning to acknowledge the imperfections within me and love who I am.
So this month I have invited other bloggers and writers to share pieces with a persona twist. Along the way I want to share quotes from an incredible author and professor, Brene Brown. I have yet to sit down and read an entire one of her books, but I have already seen her research change the life of one close to me, and my own. If I could run screaming out into the world to share the goodness of her work I would, except I’d rather not be arrested. I will be sharing selected quotes from many of her published works as well as guest submissions. So for now sit back, and get ready to hopefully be inspired to love and accept yourself just a bit more.
In her own words:
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity.”