Love + Bark

Given it was Valentine’s day yesterday and there is a whole lotta love and devotion, not to mention chocolate, and cut flowers (you know they die when you cut them right?!Buy a plant instead) going around on socials, and in stores, I thought what better time than to look at ways we can cultivate a little self-love.

What is self-love?

Not the narcissistic, egotistical characteristics. The nurturing and kindness that we often neglect to reflect in.

Self-love is being compassionate with oneself, saving space for our short coming, non-judgmentally accepting all inherent aspects, through positive actions, thoughts and behaviours. Showing appreciation to ourselves in entirety we can increase our well-being.

Not only do we cultivate a healthy foundation for positive relationship with ourselves but with those we love.

As the saying goes (and for good reason), It is only when we fill our own cup, can we help fed others.

I know in myself when I don’t feel the love within that this can only reflect onto those around me through my own thoughts, feelings and subsequent behaviours. Our own shitty self-defeating attitudes and actions need to be cleaned up before we can look to others to fill our void with roses, fluffy toys and chocolates.

Love is the source of all good. Where there is fear, anger, resentment, love is absent.

There are many positive and healthy ways that we can cultivate the loving we crave for ourselves. A holistic approach takes into consideration all aspects; mental, physical and environmental. What we eat to what thoughts create in our reality and what environment we find ourselves in.

Growing your sense of compassion inwards not only boosts your overall sense of well-being, contentment and happiness but will turn you into a magnet, like attracts like after all..

Starting with nutrition, it is crucial that we are eating a whole food diet, with food as close to their natural state as possible. This ensures your body is running in prime form.

A healthy body is a healthy mind and since we create our own thoughts, let make them healthy too with the following ideas. Ditch the processed sugar and nil nutrient Cadbury's for a healthy version.


½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp. maple or preferred sweetener

¼ cup chopped nuts and seeds