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Have I Told You Lately That I LOVE YOU?

This is one of my favorite songs, written by the legendary Van Morrison, and sung so memorably, by the incomparable Rod Stewart! It is a love song, rife with heartfelt sentiments that express care, concern and passion for a love interest.

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This is one of my favorite songs, written by the legendary Van Morrison, and sung so memorably, by the incomparable Rod Stewart!  It is a love song, rife with heartfelt sentiments that express care, concern and passion for a love interest.  We can all relate to this notion, and can certainly attest to the importance of being free with our emotions: openly, lovingly and often, in our relationships.  I’ll bet you may not have entertained the thought that the object of your affections could also be you!

More often than not, we are consumed with taking care of others: family, partners, pets, etc., and naturally, we forget to add ourselves into this equation.  Somewhere along the line, we got the message that complete and total selflessness is a good thing.  Thinking about our own needs, wants and desires is, well, selfish!  This could not be further from the truth.  In fact, in order to better care for others, we must first care for ourselves.  I was given this sage advice as a new mother, although initially, I was determined to never take it as it seemed impractical. How could I even contemplate anyone other than my newborn child?  Slowly, but surely, I began to see the wisdom behind it and started to realize that I could give nothing to others, if I had nothing (of myself) to give.  Inspirational speaker and blogger, Katie Reid, says: “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”  When you really consider this, it makes perfect sense.

If we do not take time to address our own needs and wants, we will begin to feel resentful, overwhelmed, and even depressed.  It is important to strike a balance between what we can reasonably be asked to give others versus what we can give ourselves.  This takes time, reflection and the ability to prioritize.  By simply making a concerted effort to carve out some “me time” each day (preferably), or each week, we can ensure that our needs and the needs of loved ones are adequately fulfilled.  We can feel more energized to meet the demands of everyday living.  By getting extra rest (sleeping in or taking a nap), preparing a nourishing meal, going on a leisurely walk (alone or with a friend), watching a favorite television show, taking a hot bath, enjoying a delicious cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or wine, reading a book or magazine, window shopping or surfing the net, we can restore ourselves and begin to feel joy in giving to others.

The great Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde said:  “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”  Let’s remember this thought as we continue to shower the people we love with kindness, compassion, empathy and love.  After all, we must love ourselves first in order to give our loved ones what they really deserve!

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Dive into your summer reading list

(Family Features) Laying out on the beach and floating in the pool are true hallmarks of summer. A good book, however, can elevate these relaxing experiences to a new level.

Whether you find yourself looking for a beach read, a book for the pool or something to help you escape while lounging on the couch with the windows open, these sizzling summer reads offer something for nearly every type of reader. From suspense to romance and adventure, you don’t want to miss these books this summer.

Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

Find more titles to add to your summer reading list at Facebook.com/WilliamMorrowBooks .


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