Last year (2018) at the boutique I thought it would be fun to do a Valentine’s promotion featuring our guests and what they thought love was. In all honesty when I came up with the idea then it was really just a marketing idea–I had no idea the inspiration that would come from it. It was a rather small group of people but hearing what they had to say really sparked something in me.
So we repeated the idea this year–and once again our guests did not disappoint. This time we asked them to narrow it down to one word (that’s harder than you think–try it now–I bet you come up with more than one word!)…
Now, I’m no expert… but here is what I know to be true: Love comes in many different shapes and sizes, when you ask someone what love means to them their response is always different based on WHO/WHAT they are thinking about (some people think about their dogs, food, kids–its not always significant other based), Valentines Day is NOT a happy day for everyone–there’s almost as much hate as their is love going around on this day, Most women we talk to love others more than themselves (we seriously need to work on this self love thing), Love isn’t material things like cards or flowers (although these things are nice), everyone speaks a different love language (great book BTW) AND chocolate is delicious (OK i just had to throw that in–it is a Valentines staple LOL)
I also know this to be true: love is messy. You know that bible verse (1 Corinthians 3:4) that people quote all the time that says “love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong…” Well. At the risk of upsetting some who believe this to be very true let me just say that in my years of working with the public and listening to peoples stories–and working through my own relationships–that verse looks pretty and sounds wonderful but is far from reality. Humans aren’t perfect and neither is love. It’s not always patient. It’s not always kind. It doesn’t always persevere–many who go separate ways still love each other in one way or another.
We wanted to cover love again this year but we know the above to be true and we are also HUGE advocates for all women and not all women are in a relationship so… we thought we would take the angle of Loving yourself–something quite frankly we can all do better at. Ask yourself these things….Are you always patient with yourself? Are you always kind to yourself? What do you love the most about yourself? Is that last question hard to answer? We added a second part to the photo’s this year and we asked our guests that last question on camera. Their responses–and pauses–gave me goosebumps.
The video is below for your viewing pleasure.
I leave you with this…
Don’t be sad if you don’t have a Valentine tomorrow. Don’t be upset with yourself if you weren’t patient with your loved one recently. Don’t stress if your significant other didn’t get you flowers. Love yourself a little more this year. Be more patient with yourself. Find something you love about yourself and let that love shine.