Love yourself and what you do this Valentine’s
Valentine’s day is a day of love. In my opinion, a day of love isn’t enough- love should drive everything we do. I don’t just mean love for one specific person either. I mean love for your family and friends, love for your job, love for your hobbies and interests. Most importantly, love for yourself! Without love, life would be very boring indeed.
I find that although I absolutely love knitting I really struggle to allow myself the time to do it. As if it’s not worthy of me setting the time aside each day or week to do some. Just because it isn’t my job or studies doesn’t make it any less important as it is something I love and it makes me happy.
Here are my tips for a love-filled life:
Love what you do
I love knitting, talking about knitting, creating projects, spending hours on Pinterest looking at knitting… because of all this, it seemed silly not to have a greater creative outlet in the form of a blog where I can carry on this obsession! Find a hobby you love, trust me- it’s worth it. At the moment, I am loving knitting the ‘Julia Sweater’ from Wool and the Gang. The chalk yellow Shiny Happy Cotton yarn is gorgeous!
Making sure you have the time for yourself, to do the things you love, is a form of self-care and self-love. It isn’t selfish it’s essential! As well as this, don’t be too hard on yourself if you make mistakes, or if things don’t go to plan. I am awful at this, and when things go wrong I get so upset and instantly start thinking I’m rubbish at everything (yes, it really escalates that quickly…) but when you look back on mistakes, they usually help you learn important lessons.
Love from others
Friends, family and loved ones should support you in your endeavours. Whether that’s in the form of paying for you work rather than always expecting it for free, promoting you to others, or even just being there for you day to day, it all helps. If you have a special someone in your life, they should support you in everything you do and your hobbies. I’m lucky enough to have my best friend supporting me and loving me, allowing me to hide yarn all around our flat…
Love from afar
Support people online! Don’t be cruel, like people’s photos, comment if you like things! Be kind to everyone and you’ll receive kindness back. I’ve found the knitting community on instagram to be so supportive. Through it, I have had the opportunity to speak to people from around the world and discuss ideas about projects and different techniques. I would definitely recommend Instagram as a way to showcase your work and see other peoples.
Love small or local
Supporting small and local businesses is just not about being kind to the planet, but it’s about being kind to actual people who you purchase from rather than big billion-pound corporations. The things you buy from smaller businesses are usually made with love too and can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Remember we don’t just need one day of love we need a lifetime!
Happy Valentines day everyone!
All my love… Em x