Hey, Fit Friends!

As you know, this week is Valentine’s week. It’s a time when everyone seems to focus on love. Some people celebrate Valentine’s Day and some people don’t. Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Even if you don’t, love is in your life. Love is present in your life every single day. You don’t really need a special day to celebrate it, because we have it readily available to us all the time. We are loved and we give love to others.

Today I want to share with you some things about my life and the people that I love… beginning with my husband. I ADORE my husband. When I first fell in love with him, you’re going to think I’m kidding, but I swear I fell in love with him the very first moment I laid eyes on him. I know it sounds like some movie, but it’s the absolute truth. I will never forget the moment I walked into this restaurant, he was standing by the bar- I will never forget the khaki pants he had on, and the sports coat he had on, and the smile on his face and the sparkle in his eye. I was completely done the minute I laid eyes on him. It was a feeling that I had never felt before, and I knew right away that he was different. He was magical to me. We didn’t get married for 6 and a half years after that, but I knew. I just knew.

The other people that I love most are, of course, my children. The very first time that I held my kids, my heart just exploded. When I had my first son, I didn’t think I could love any person more than I did at that moment, holding that baby in my arms. When we were about to have our second child, I remember thinking, “How am I going to be able to love this baby as much as I love Nathaniel, (my first son)? But the thing that was so cool is, the minute that Walker was born, my heart grew! It doubled. My love for him was just as much as my love for Nathaniel. Loving them daily and having them in my life and getting to be their mom, oh my goodness! It fills me up!

I grew up in an amazing family. I have the most incredible parents and brothers, and our house was FULL of love. When I think about my mom and dad, my heart skips a beat. They have been such a true example of what love is. Love in their marriage, love as parents, their Christian love for others, just all of it. They were an amazing example on so many different levels. I absolutely cherish them and value what they instilled in me and how their love for me allowed me to love others. What an incredible gift.

And then there are my brothers. I’ve got three little brothers. They’re crazy, they’re wild, they’re wonderful, they light me up! When we were growing up, we had a blast together. Granted, we had our moments where we didn’t get along, like any siblings, but they are some of my best friends now and I cherish each and every one of them for exactly who they are. My heart just leaps when I think about the things that are happening in their personal lives, and seeing them succeed, and watching their families blossom and grow. All three of them are married, so I gained three sisters. I LOVE my sisters-in-law, they are truly the sisters I never had. I feel exactly the same way about my husband’s sister- she is like the sister I never had growing up. I am totally blessed by the wonderful sisters I have in my life. It’s so much fun when we get together because it’s like being with some of your best girlfriends. They also happen to by my family, so that’s pretty cool.

Another group that I have such love for is my friends. Y’all friends, oh my gosh- they’re my lifeline. Spending time with my friends and being able to laugh and share and cry and get advice, and help each other… it’s a beautiful thing. I truly believe friendships are a gift from God and I have been blessed with some amazing friends in my life. My love for them is something I can’t even put into words. The blessings that they are in my life and the way that I know that I have a group of friends that I can lean on if I need them, it’s such a beautiful kind of love. It’s not something I take for granted.

The last thing I want to talk to you about is loving yourself. In many ways, especially if you’re a mom, this means taking care of yourself. In order to take care of others, you’ve got to take care of yourself first. Make yourself a priority. Do things that honor your mind, body, soul and your health. Not only will you feel better physically, but you’ll be a happier person and therefore a better mom, wife, friend, etc. Talk kindly to yourself. Try to catch every negative self thought you have throughout the day. I bet you’ll be amazed at how often you’re very hard on yourself. What if you could flip the script and change every negative thought into something you like about yourself? It takes a lot of work at first, but I guarantee this one small change will make a huge difference in your life. And my last piece of advice for loving yourself is- define what makes your heart overflow with joy and DO MORE OF IT. When are you happiest? When do you feel most at peace? Find the things that light a fire up inside of you and make them a priority.

Happy LOVE week!

Y’all have a blessed day.