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Love is….

It’s Valentines Day and though I’m not much for Hallmark holidays, I do appreciate the underlying message of the day. We often get so wrapped up the daily tasks and chores of life that we forget to focus on what is truly important.

For me it’s my husband, my girls, friends, nature, community (in the big C sense), good books, the perfect chai latte that are atop my list. These are the things that I love and cherish, and wish I had more hours in the day to enjoy.

Where is this post going you ask? It’s not just to share my personal love of tea and a brisk walk, but rather to share the importance of taking time to focus on what’s important in your life. I’m no motivational speaker, but this is truth people. The more authentic relationships and experiences we have, the happier we are at home; the more productive we are at work; the better life feels.

Should it take a fabricated holiday to focus our eyes what’s important? The correct answer is no, but the truthful answer is yes. Sometimes it takes an outside event to allow us to look within.

For me, this is a daily challenge but our move to Oregon and the opportunity to open The Collective NWX has forced my hand a bit. These external forces gave me a loving nudge and allowed me space to refocus on those people and things I cherish dearly. And for this I am eternally grateful.

Hopefully, this pink and red holiday gives you a nudge to focus on what you love. Or eat chocolate… chocolate is always a good option.