Love and Grow

Love and Grow

This piece is born out of my desire to welcome new readers to loveandgrow.com, and to the “Reflections” side of my page. For those who are new to my writing and practice, you may be wondering, “What does Love and Grow actually mean?”

Love and Grow is the name of my counseling practice and it is also the name of one of my biggest life philosophies: I believe we are called to Love. Loving self and others, and my Higher Power, is a deeply-held value of mine.

So, what does that look like – particularly the part about loving ourselves?

In 2012, it began to become clear to my heart that to truly love yourself, you have to make peace with yourself, flaws and weaknesses and all. This level of self-acceptance puts you in a gentle place where you can truly show yourself kindness and compassion, the same kind of compassion you might show to a good friend. From this place of gentleness, growth naturally follows.

I believe that we can only truly grow and meet our most important life goals when we are operating from that place of gentleness, kindness, and self-acceptance. Think about it. Have you ever had a teacher, coach, parent, or mentor who accepted you as you were, and encouraged you and your progress in life? If so, how did it feel? And what were the results—did you grow more, or less, from their positive attention? On the flip side, can you think of an authority figure that was harsh and maybe even put you down? How much did you grow from that type of treatment?

I launched loveandgrow.com because I wanted a venue where I could share my thoughts and my heart, with the faith that it would help others as well. I believe that to grow and achieve our goals, we have to love and accept ourselves. And learning to love and accept ourselves can be hard work. If you are desiring help in this process, please feel free to shoot me an email at laura@loveandgrow.com, or give me a ring at 541-668-7577. I would love to be of service to you.
Thank you for reading, and many blessings on the journey of love and growth.

Laura