VALENTINE OUTFIT DETAILS:
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Happy Valentine’s Day! Our Love Story.
It’s a holiday filled with flowers, chocolates, pizza, and kitschy greeting cards. It is also Jake and Elwood’s birthday today! The little kittens Dan gifted me for my law school graduation are now 6 years old. I love them so much!
Dan and I have celebrated 14 Valentine’s days together, nuts right? We were together briefly in high school. I had just gotten to high school, and this Sophomore on the drum line asked all my friends if I’d be willing to date him. So we did, for 8 fun months! We broke up because I think we freaked out that it could be forever. And who meets their forever when they are 15? Apparently this girl did.
So we took a break, then got back together right before I was headed to Miami University in 2006. We made it through four years of college, and survived 3 years of law school. Dan and I got married in August of 2015 in Cleveland, spent 2 years together in Washington, DC, and we’re on our second year in Chicago. Growing up together has been so much fun, and he’s always been one of my biggest fans and supporters.
Dealing With Yucky Comments & Spreading Valentine LOVE
I received a criticism on a photograph lately that really put me down in the dumps. The commenter said that the photograph was unflattering, and that I was much prettier than that in person. I thought the photo was actual fire, capturing an edgy angle and an even edgier outfit. My friends jumped in and defended me in the comments, which made me feel better. But I still cried my whole way home from work, and cried some more at home. I know it was one negative comment in a sea of likes and supporters, but sometimes it is too easy to focus on the negative.
I’ve been feeling self conscious about my weight lately and the comment, while meant to be constructive, was the cherry on top. My clothing is snug, and I don’t feel great about it. So to make the best of my curves, I’m strategically choosing outfits and poses that work for me right now. Michelle and I comb through hundreds of photos to choose the most flattering perfect mood-setting snap. After all that work and effort, it just feels bad to be put down for a reason that I’m trying to overcome. I know I don’t look like myself, and I don’t quite feel like myself either!
So this Valentine’s day I’m urging you to love yourself, and even better, reach out to 5 friends who could use some love. Compliment their hair, their outfit, their ability to organize the shit out of their office, their soul. You never know when someone needs it the most. Let’s lift each other UP on Valentine’s day, rather than feeling badly about a current situation.
I am loved in more ways than I am criticized. I know it! But I just had to get on here and vent a bit. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY loves!
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