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Love in 2021— One Moore Thing

I walked into a grocery store the other day and it looked as though a Valentine’s Day love bomb exploded. Roses, balloons, chocolates, conversation hearts that break your teeth, mini cards, life sized cards, every shade of pink and red were fully represented and accounted for.

This over the top Hallmark holiday display would normally make my cynical heart squeamish and make my eyes roll quickly skyward. But not this year. This year I found it comforting. Beneath my mask was a worn and wide smile. As much as the world has changed since last year’s Valentine’s Day, as much as we have been stripped of, it is a reminder of this most important thing that still remains. Love.

Whether you are single or in a relationship, kids or no kids, it is an idea worth embracing even if you have never wanted to in the past. This year taught us so much about who we want to give time and space to in our lives. We make time for what is truly important to us. If we shut out all of the outside distractions, what really makes us happy? Who do we miss the most? Who inspires us and makes us laugh and makes us want to be better humans? Who do we want to save a spot to sit at our table? Who do we want to hug and hold when the world reopens again? Who do we want to hug and hold now?

It is an imperative reminder of who and what we give our energy to matters. Every yes we give to something or someone that doesn’t make our lives better is a no to something or someone that does. If you are still saying yes to something that you hate, what does that say about the no that it gives to someone you love? In this new year, let us be all the more mindful to evaluate what we tolerate. This past year has been a microscope on all of our foundations and where the cracks lie. What is worth mending and what is time to let go of should no longer be ignored.

So maybe it is time that we let love in. What if we focused on the love that is already all around us instead of all that we lack? What if love did get center stage for more than just a day?

Christmas felt almost like a reminder of those we are not able to see. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of those we do.

So, bring it. This black heart is open. For Galentines. For Valentines. For chocolate and wine and sushi and reveling in all the luck I have to have the glorious friends that I do and the wild and joyful children that I can’t even begin to imagine a life without. I may go to bed alone but I go to sleep with gratitude.

Whatever love you carry, here’s to toasting it in all of its beautiful, complicated, miraculous layers. All of our lives are richer for it.

Cheers to you and happy happy Valentine’s Day…

Read more blogs by Katie Moore here.

Katie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, real estate agent, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.

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