Last month we explored Pantone’s 2020 color of the year, Classic Blue, with a look at some of our top-selling-blue frames. But this month, we want you to fall in love with a new hue! Just in time for February, we dare you to rock the red, look pretty in pink, or step out perfectly flawless in purple. Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, a fashionista or couch surfer, love-colored frames allow you to experiment with a pop of color and make a statement in your own wonderful way.

At Väri, we love how comfortable people tell us our frames are, and we certainly love the way they look on YOU, but we also know love is more than what we wear. It is the foundation for how we feel and how we interact with our world. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to loving ourselves. So, in celebration of Valentine’s Day we wanted to focus this blog on sharing a few ways you can remind yourself to be kinder and more loving to the all-important YOU!

1) Be YOU – everyone else is taken!

Stop comparing yourself to others and focus on your own unique gifts and talents. Maybe you can’t paint like Picasso, but you did teach yourself how to play the ukulele, and maybe you aren’t the world’s best basketball player, but you show up for every game and people love that they can really count on you. Focus on all that you are and don’t waste another moment comparing yourself to someone else. Own your life right now, right where you are and love it and yourself. It’s a gift to be comfortable in your own skin, enjoy it!

2) Make “atta boy/girl” part of your everyday conversation with yourself. 

I remember the first time I tried jogging after I gave birth to my daughter. It was awful. I was so out of breath and every part of my body hurt. I was wondering why I ever thought this was a good idea. But I went slow, and after I finished a short run, I literally patted myself on my back and said, “You, go girl” and the next day I did it again, and again the day after that. Each time I ran a little bit longer and celebrated the fact that I got out and did it. Within a few months I was running 3 – 4 miles a day and enjoying it!

If we all focused a bit more on what went right in our day, we’d have a lot less time to give our attention to the negative or disappointing things that come up from time to time. Dwell in the positive, celebrate your achievements big and small, and give more attention to the things you enjoy most about your day, every day!

3) Smile in that morning mirror!

You have the choice every day to practice positive or negative self-talk. Choose words of empowerment and strength! Try this the next time you are standing in front of a mirror in the morning. As soon as you catch a glimpse of yourself say “hello superstar”, SMILE and then give yourself a one sentence pep talk. If you have a hectic day ahead of you, tell yourself “You got this!” and then get going. If you have a new-client meeting or an assignment at school, tell yourself “You were made to rock this and you will!” By making the first words you say uplifting, you will start the day off in the right direction.

Valentine’s Day is usually a day that we focus on our love for others, but this year why not add yourself to the top of that list. Being good to yourself is the first step in creating and living a positive life. Sometimes that comes naturally, and sometimes we just need someone to remind us what an incredible, talented, thoughtful, beautiful person we really are. Consider yourself reminded.

Awwwwwe, now you’re blushing!

February 11, 2020 by Jodi Jacobs

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