Today I hope

This Valentine’s Day I hope that you remember to buy yourself flowers. I hope, in a day wrapped in romanticism and cupids, you remember above all else that there are more types of love than what’s advertised.

This Valentine’s Day I hope you find the energy to love yourself, if only just for today. You’ve made it this far. I hope you sweep away the dust and clutter that have accumulated on your own self worth.

This Valentine’s Day I hope that you look upon all that you are, in striking clarity, and feel an immense love that brings you to your knees.

This Valentine’s Day I hope your kindest love letter is to yourself. One that sees your flaws and embraces them anyway. I hope you know that it won’t be easy. It never is.

This Valentine’s Day I hope you look upon the stuffed animals holding plush hearts, the heart-shaped chocolate boxes, the diamond heart necklaces and only see a reminder of your own heart beating inside you. Keeping you alive and here with us, where you are loved.

This Valentine’s Day I hope you find it in you to dance. I hope you find your own rhythm and sway on your feet. I hope you know the universe will clap and demand an encore.

This Valentine’s Day I hope you love yourself. This insane life. Every moment before that has brought you here.

I, Juliana Nicolini, want to remind you that regardless of how you feel today, the things you’ve done, whoever you may be, you have a seat at my table.

And I hope you’ll accept this Valentine I’ve made for you.

Much love today and tomorrow and always,

Juliana