Self Love Reminder Mantras for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

I hope you all had time to print and deliver some Feminist Valentine’s to your loved ones.

For past Valentine posts I’ve written about the importance of self-love and I continue to feel strongly about our abilities to love others being most powerful when we first know and love ourselves.

Today I thought I’d share some reminders to help with a little self-care. On a day when our social media platforms are filled with pictures of chocolates and flowers and silly declarations of superficial love, let’s focus on caring for our own hearts for a while too.


You are Loved

I promise that you are. Your friends and family all know that you’re a gem. Not to mention, if you’re reading my blog, then I for sure love you.

You are Allowed to Take Up Space

In our culture where we’re constantly told to be smaller, thinner, quieter, nicer, this might be my favourite mantra to repeat to myself. Whether you’re surrounded by bigger voices or faster speakers, or anyone really, just remember that your body and your brain are also valid and important.

When it comes to physical space I often practice this idea in line ups. If the person behind me is standing just a little too close, or leaning a little much, (and it’s almost always men), I turn around slightly. When you face someone it’s a reminder that you’re human. I plant my feet and put my hands on my hips, turning enough to create more space. It might sound silly but it works!

Your Ideas are Interesting

As an introvert I often have many more ideas flying around in my head than I actually ever articulate or express and, obvi, not ALL ideas are good ones. It still bears repeating as a reminder that you have valuable thoughts that are worth contributing.

You Have a Beautiful Heart

Now, this one I know is definitely true and definitely important to remind yourself of. You are allowed to feel good about being you. You can contribute to the world in wonderful ways. You belong.


Now, go eat some chocolate my Valentines!



Colour Therapy

This is a picture from yesterday, March 29th, 2015.

snowyspringYes, that’s correct. This is what spring has been like in Halifax this year.


Yeah, yeah. I love winter. I love snow. Blah Blah Blah.

In case you can’t tell, the lack of warmth and sunshine and green has got me feeling pretty damn cranky. I mean, it’s spring, right? Officially, as of March 20th.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and reintroduce the joys of colour back into my days with a rediscovery of colouring!

printed from Doodle Art Alley
printed from Doodle Art Alley

The benefits of this practice were twofold: first, I was appreciating the relaxation that came with immersing myself in a creative task; second, I was reveling in the saturation of colour on my page. ALL THE COLOURS.

It was a simple matter of Googling some free adult-level colouring pages, printing a stack, and gathering all the markers, pencil crayons, and crayons I could handle. I found plenty of places to print the colouring pages but a couple of my favourites are Doodle Art Alley and Patterns for Colouring.

printed from patterns for colouring
printed from Patterns for Colouring

So if you’re feeling as frustrated as I am with this lack of springtime sun, do yourself a favour and take those colours into your own hands. You won’t regret it.


Winter Warm-Up Tips

It’s my favourite time of year! I love winter! I love snow! I love hot chocolate and snowdays and shovelling and mittens and snowmen and skiing and blankets and everything about winter. I wish I could marry winter and just be Mrs. Suzie Snowflake all year long.

When the temperature starts to drop a few degrees, it’s easy to stay warm and compensate without touching that thermostat using these quick Winter Warm-Up Tips.

Winter Warm Up Tips1. Wear your hat.

While scientists may have debunked the myth that most of our body heat is lost through our heads, keeping your cap covered is still a great way to keep away the wind and cold – not to mention, protect your ears from frostbite. Plus, hats are so hot right now.


2. Discover the wonders of wool socks. 

Someone introduced me to smartwool socks a few winters ago and my toes have never been happier.  There’s nothing better than slipping into a thick, cushiony pair of wool socks. They’ll insulate inside your boots and keep you toasty all day.


3. Love the layers.

While it’s not every day that I need to wear longjohns, there’s something so comforting about that tight, waffle-knit fabric that I just adore. Tights under snow pants is a tried-and-true trick, as is just wearing an undershirt or camisole. If you’re getting really ambitious, you could even get a onesie with a butt-flap.

long johns

4. Embrace sweater season.

I can’t help but be judgmental in the winter when I go places that have their heaters cranked to allow for temperate t-shirt wearing.  The amount of energy it takes to keep a home warm is far greater than the effort it would take to just wear a sweater.


5. Drink up!

If you’ve been reading Halitrax for any period of time, you’ll know how much I love coffee and tea. As far as I’m concerned, winter is just one more great excuse for filling up a mug with the good stuff and warming your body from the inside out. coffee post

What else are you doing to stay warm?

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