5 Things Laura Loves

Self Love

Since Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, today’s 5 Things is dedicated to self-love. You know the saying, you can’t begin to love others until you love yourself. Cheesy, I know but I started my journey into thinking about what it means to love myself. It hasn’t been an easy or comfortable journey but I can honestly say that the person I am today is the best version thus far. I have a Masters degree in Psychology so you would think I would be more open to self-growth (using growth instead of help) but I had never considered it until recently. I’ve been reading a lot of self-growth books and listening to podcasts. So much so that now I’m bursting with positivity and love. Sounds funny to say this out loud. The key is to take the time to slow down, to meditate and to be honest with yourself. Also, to be open to help in the form of books, therapy, or podcasts. There is a plethora of resources out there now and there isn’t this stigma against therapy and self-help anymore. Almost everyone I know is either seeing a therapist or has read a self-growth book. I’m actually the last one on the bandwagon. Remember to love yourself because me, myself and I is the most important relationship you will ever have.

1. Playing in the snow

It snowed in New York this past week and instead of staying inside, I went outside and played in the snow. I haven’t played in the snow since I was a little kid. I had such a fun time and it was a great workout. I think adults should play more outside.

2. Wandering

A lot of people find solace in nature which I 100% can attest to but I also find wandering through New York City very therapeutic. I listen to my favorite music or a podcast and walk for miles and miles. New York City has the best people watching and is bursting with energy. I was in the city this past week and saw this mural which I’ve seen thousands of times before but this time, I stopped to look at it. It just reminded me of why I love New York; it’s a big city filled with people following their dreams.

3. Matcha lattes

I love matcha lattes especially the ones from Cha Cha Matcha. I think it’s important to take time out of your day to just sit and to relax. It’s ME time.

4. Rising Strong

I just read Rising Strong by Brene Brown and it has changed my life! It’s one of those self-growth books that was recommended to me by a friend. I’ve had so many epiphanies while reading this book. It’s thought-provoking and it asks you the tough questions.

5. Super Soul Sunday

I’m also the last person to know about Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday podcast. I discovered it because Elizabeth Gilbert, who I love, mentioned she was a guest. I ended up listening to all the episodes in one weekend. Oprah interviews “successful” people who all follow some sort of spiritual path. Oprah also has motivational quotes that keep me going when I’m feeling scared or unsure. As if Oprah couldn’t have been any more amazing, she created this podcast to motivate us to live a more meaningful life.