If we get down to the raw basics, all that really matters most in our lives is love.

Whether that’s giving love or feeling loved by others, love is the fundamental basic need for all of our happiness and success in life.

But how much time do you actually invest in giving love and practicing the art of receiving it with grace?

In our modern world, we tend to invest most of our time to taking care of our homes, cars and social media accounts, yet we invest so little in taking care of our relationships or the love we give to ourselves.

As with everything in life, if we fail to take care of our material possessions, eventually they'll break and fall apart. Yet we seem to live with the illusion that our relationships, both with ourselves, and others, will take care of themselves. Sadly, the most important and precious things in our lives tend to be the very first we neglect.

When was the last time you told your partner or a close friend how much you love them or how totally awesome you think they are?

When was the last time you looked in the mirror and told yourself that yes, you may have f****d up many times in your life, but my goodness, you really do rock?

When was the last time that you told someone at work what a great job they’ve done or made a total stranger feel fantastic?

As children, our parents, family and teachers, strive to build our confidence and make us feel like we can achieve absolutely anything. But somewhere along the line we seem to have forgotten the need to give love and build each others self-esteem as adults.

No matter how old we are, we still need feel loved, valued, supported and not only to be believed in by others, but also to believe in ourselves.

We all make mistakes in life, but instead of beating ourselves up about them, we need to use them as lessons to enable us to become better versions of ourselves. We need to let go and forgive more whilst focusing on giving compassion and love instead.

When we invest in ourselves, and others by taking care of them and giving love, life changes. We grow, we support our loved ones to become their best and we learn to thrive rather than survive.

So check in with yourself today, are you investing your time in the things that really matter?

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