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A Special Kind of Love

IVERY ARIE

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”  ~Audre Lorde

It’s Valentine’s Day week and it is only right to address this topic of love – the kind only you can give yourself. Over the last year I have taken a journey in the area of self-love. To me, self-love is more than simply loving yourself. It is the acknowledgement of where I currently am in life and the consciousness of my passions, desires, needs, strengths, weaknesses, and limitations. These days, when I think about self-love, it’s hard for me not to think about self-care. These two concepts seem to really intertwine. While self-love identifies the need, self-care addresses them.  In the past year, I’ve learned a great deal about self-love through being aware of my needs.

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