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Kara Richardson Whitely is an award-winning author & speaker who has presented at Google, Pfizer, Dartmouth, Purdue and more. Her book Gorge was featured on Good Morning America and in the New York Times among dozens of other publications. Her latest book, Weight of Being, was featured on The Today Show.

The Most Loving Ways to Start The Day


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The Most Loving Ways to Start The Day

Kara Whitely

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Today is Valentine's Day. I've worked with my kids to make sure they had enough little cards to share with their friends. They had cards and treats from me and my husband to start the day feeling sweet and special. I made sure that my husband started the day feeling especially loved with a special card and goodies.  

This morning, I've also made sure to be extra loving to myself. 

After I dropped off Anna at school, I headed directly to the gym for a nice little workout to start the day. I'm recovering from a massive cough and after three weeks of it, I finally I went to the doctor yesterday and got some medicine to help me conquer it). When I finished, I dropped off my application for the community garden. I came home and took a moment to myself and enjoyed a snack of banana and peanut butter (something I fell in love with when I first visited the Eating Recovery Center BETR residential program).  I ate it slowly while sitting at the counter. 

This, I thought, was love. Self love. The small things. The moments that make us feel taken care of even when we are the ones caring for ourselves. 

So Happy Valentine's Day. I wish you all the love you can muster.  today and every day, what are you doing to take care of yourself? To feel loved?