I’m going to dive right in and start with a question. Do you feel and express love for others? Ok, I’ll hazard a guess that your answer was an unequivocal yes. Why wouldn’t it be? So now we‘ve established this, I’d like to dig a bit deeper and ask another question. Do you feel and express love for yourself? Hmm I thought so, this is a lot harder isn’t it? If it helps, until recently self-love was a real challenge for me, I believed I wasn’t ‘deserving’ of my own love and kindness so I didn’t take care of myself and always put others first. When writing Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness all those words beginning with self, such as acceptance, kindness and love were a theme amongst story tellers which ‘encouraged’ (read forced) me to dig into what they meant, and to apply them to myself. And to be honest I did so reluctantly as none of it seemed British, and certainly not something I was brought up to think about. What is love anyway? I started by asking myself what does it mean to love? If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know that I love Brené Brown’s work and one reason is because everything she writes is born out of research. She defines love in The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, as ‘A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible … Read moreWhat’s love got to do with it?