International Boost Self-Esteem Month
Did you know February is also known as International Boost Self-Esteem Month? The first step to healthy self-esteem is practicing self-love and February 13th has been named International Day of Self-Love. Self-love is a choice that requires conscious intention and the willingness to take personal responsibility for your own well-being.
This month I invite you to take the free Self-Care Challenge and learn how to focus on your own needs. Let go of any negative thoughts and acknowledge the positive in your life. If you need more encouragement to nurture yourself take a look at the following ten tips:
- Be mindful
- Give thanks for each day
- Do what you love
- Move your body
- Eat well
- Practice generosity
- Show Compassion
- Connect in real life
- Get plenty of sleep
- Forgive yourself
Make Way for Spring
February 2 is a traditional celebration of the midpoint between Winter and Spring. It’s time to turn the Wheel of the Year again and light the candles to make way for Spring. Depending on your viewpoint we are either in the depths of winter or right on the edge of welcoming spring. I’m looking on the bright side this year and welcome the warmth of the Sun.
Pagans celebrate this event as Brigid’s Day or Imbolc (pronounced EE-molc). It is the festival of light and fertility that honors the Goddess/Saint Brigid. Christians celebrate Candlemas, which is a Holy Day commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Others simply enjoy the tradition of Groundhog Day and wait for Puxsatawny Phil to predict the arrival of spring.
Light the Fire
Personally, I celebrate February 2 as Imbolc. On the Wheel of the Year, this is a cross-quarter or fire festival that marks a midway point between equinoxes. If you are unfamiliar with the history of this day, ThoughtCo has a more in-depth article here. For me, it is a time to symbolically light the fire under my ass that moves me forward into action.
This is the last holiday before we enter into the “Light Half of the Year”, or the time when the Sun’s energy envelopes us. So it is a time of rejuvenation as we shake off the darkness and deep rest of winter. I don’t know about you, but I always find myself more inspired to action as the days grow longer and the Sun gets warmer.
Take stock of where you are in your journey right now. Do you have clarity on the goals you want to achieve? Is there a plan of action in place to help move you forward? What can you do to light the fire inside and continue to shine this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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