Missing my Valentine today, but very grateful to call him mine. Jake is the absolute best. The past few years of long distance haven't always been easy, but have definitely been worth it. We've been able to grow as individuals and as a couple. Four and a half years later and he still makes me giggle like when we first started going out in high school.
So what's the secret? I'm only 22 and I'm not claiming to be an expert, but I believe the secret to love begins with self love. Know and love yourself....the good, the bad, and the ugly. Find someone special who embraces it ALL. Find someone who doesn't give up on you. Find someone who encourages you to chase your dreams. Find someone who loves and supports you because YOU deserve it.
For some silly reason Jake loves me when I'm anxious. Jake even loves me when I'm hangry...and trust me that is no walk in the park. We are human and humans aren't perfect. Flaws and emotions are raw, real, and exquisite. Embracing your own insecurities can be a challenging and beautiful place to start. I believe that by accepting yourself for who you are, this opens your heart to accept others for who they truly are, flaws and all.
I'm sassy. I'm a cry baby. I overthink EVERYTHING. I have anxiety. I'm messy. I don't always fit in. I think outside the box. But that's just who I am. Jake knows this. I've never tried to hide any of it from him. And for some silly reason Jake loves me and all the craziness that I am. And I love him for the incredible, smart, handsome, guy that he is.
If you're rolling your eyes at my sappy post, but for some reason still reading...don't worry! I've been there too! As cliche as it sounds love does still exists, but for now enjoy being you! Easier said than done, I know. Love and accept yourself because you are a worthy human. Take your time getting to know the good, the bad, and the ugly. The better you know yourself the easier it is to surround yourself with others who value you. You are loved. You are beautiful. You are worthy! Happy Valentine's Day!
XOXO, The Honest Consumer