“Who Loves Ya, Baby?”

“Who Loves Ya, Baby?”

I know, I know…not only am I having a corny moment, but I am really dating myself! But c’mon, it’s Valentine’s Day and you gotta love this vintage photo of Telly Savalas aka “Kojak” and his signature quote – “Who Loves Ya, Baby?” Today is the commercially designated day, which I admittedly buy into hook, line and sinker, for expressing love to and for others and letting them do the same to and for you.  However, I hope that you also let this day be one where you focus on another important love: self-love. Self-Love on Valentine’s Day? For some, it may seem sacrosanct to offer such a suggestion. But the continuous act of self-love is so, so powerful! Rolling your eyes (perhaps), you say, “yeah, yeah, blah, blah…you’re not telling me anything new, Jacquette.” Ah…but do you practice self-love on a daily basis when making choices and decisions, both large or small? Betcha I gotcha there! The habit of asking… What does self-love look like? What does it feel like? …is one I learned from my very first business coach, Laura Berman Fortgang. She pointed out the correlation between the quality of my choices + decisions, business results, and the degree of self-love I express in any given moment. Yes, it is a continuous work in progress. But imagine if you thought for just a split-second before taking any action – whether in the realm of romantic love, money, work or other personal relationships: “Am I choosing or deciding out of love vs. fear, guilt, shame (or anything other than love and self-compassion)?” POWERFUL, right?! So yes, on...