Valentine’s Day for Singles. #loveyourself

I’m single. That’s probably no surprise to my normal followers. I post single stuff all the time on my Facebook and Twitter, and I’m perfectly cool being single. I love being single. It’s fantastic. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be in a relationship, but the right man is worth waiting for. And until he shows up, I’ll be totally content focusing on my career as an author, proofreader, and editor and loving on my nieces and nephews.

So, the other day on my accounts, I posted this meme I created. (Feel free to share it if you wish.)

Celebrate You

The thing about this meme, though, is how accurate it is. We forget that just because we’re single we can actually celebrate this holiday for lovers. To me, learning to fall in love with who you are is just as important as showing someone else how much you love them. Why? Because it’s important to know just how awesome you are, and once you know how awesome you are, you’ll see people in a different light. To me, once I started seeing the beauty of me, it was so much easier to see the beauty of the world in a different light. It pushed me to help those who couldn’t see how wonderful they were to see the same. I think that once we can fully love ourselves, being in a relationship is easier because we aren’t seeking any kind of validation from the other person. If they can’t accept us for who we are, we don’t need that kind of negativity and can end the relationship before it really harms us more and destroys what confidence we have in ourselves in the end. (This is a vicious cycle I had to end in my own relationships, and that’s partially why I’m not actively seeking someone to date.)

It’s also no surprise that I’m an advocate of loving yourself and feeling beautiful in your own skin. (Although, I don’t want to beat you over the head with this message. That’s not my intention.) I just think that instead of being sad on Valentine’s Day because we are single, we should celebrate ourselves. After all, being single means that we have this incredible opportunity to celebrate who we are: our careers, our families, what matters most to us, our wonderful selves in general. We can focus on different things. In my case, I’ll be spending this holiday in church with my family, and I’ll celebrate the love that I have for my nieces and nephews instead of worrying about how single I am and how I’ll never find the love of my life. I don’t want to have a pity party. I’m just going to have a party.

We are important, and I’m not sure we all understand that fully. Our lives are important to others, and it should be important to us. What makes you you should be celebrated, and that starts with how you see yourself.

So I urge you to take this holiday and not focus on your love life or lack thereof. Instead, focus on YOU and being the best version of you that you can be. That means loving you for everything, including your “flaws” and all. (And, I don’t believe in flaws. I think what makes us unique is what makes us beautiful.)

#loveyourself because you deserve it.

 

 

 

 

Introducing my upcoming short story, Before We Say I Do, which now has a face – sort of!

Back in June, I released Entertaining Angels, and it is with great pleasure that I’ll be releasing the follow-up story to it, Before We Say I Do. Today, I want to reveal the cover for the story set to release on January 13, 2015. Yay! I’m so excited! I fell in love with Chase and Mads all over again!!

Finding that I couldn’t leave my characters, I decided that their story wouldn’t end there, so I wrote Before We Say I Do.

And now, the cover! **SMILES LIKE A GOOFY GIRL IN LOVE**

Before We Say I Do Cover

About Before We Say I Do:

Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.

It’s been one year, and Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?

Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.

Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.

 Pre-Order on Amazon Now for only 99cents!

**Please note that in order to read this short story when it’s available, you will need to read Entertaining Angels. It isn’t a stand-alone nor is it a prequel. This is the story of Chase and Mads after the ending of their first book together.**

Cover by RocStarr Art & Design

I would also like to thank my cousin and his lovely wife who are the couple on the cover, and my sister who took the photo.

And, one more thing:

Entertaining Angels is among one of the 5,000 novels that have been nominated as Read Free.ly searches for the top 50 Best Indie Books of 2014. You can help by voting for Entertaining Angels here in the “Other” Category as they don’t have YA or Christian genres.

Please, if you loved Entertaining Angels and all it stands for, help me and the other fans get it to the top 50!