Falling In Love With Yourself Through Your Art (and a 10-day writing challenge)

Fall in love with your life, and fall in love with your work! As a creative soul, how can you expect others to respect your work, and fall in love with it, if you as the creator look at through the eyes of fear?


February is the month of love, right? Flowers. Candy. Valentine's Day. That's what love is all about, right? If you are single, this month might be a challenge for us to get through without a few eye rolls at your friends who are so in love, or a few tears over not finding that yourself...


...Or, if you are anything like me, you spend time torturing yourself with sappy love songs and replays of Noah's letter to Allie from The Notebook (yeah, I admitted it).


We spend so much of our time focusing on finding "the one." As writers, we have an entire genre devoted to it. We create that perfect vision of the one we want to fall in love with. Or the character we want our readers to fall for.


So much time is spent looking outside of ourselves for love that we forget that we need to look inward and find the things that make us, well, love ourselves. It's so easy to look to others to validate you - how you look, how you dress, how smart you are. We want everyone else to validate our goals and dreams, tell us they are okay to pursue. When they try to give us advice on how to get there, we take it in a heartbeat, thinking they must know better...