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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rekindling the Romance ~ With Yourself- Part 2 of 2

This Valentine's Day why not be YOUR OWN Special Valentine and rekindle the romance that is yours for life ... the Romance with Our Self. Below I'm sharing some of the ways I do this ~ starting with my afternoon tea.

You can read part 1 - This Valentine's be your own Valentine - here.

Setting time aside for tea is one of the ways I romance ME on a daily basis.

~ Make your tea an extra special moment ~

Set a setting like you would if a friend was coming over. 
Complete with teapot, tea cup, flowers, a yummy treat (you deserve it - remember all things in moderation is just fine) and touches that say you care.

Treat yourself to a special china teacup set - 
one that is just for you to use during your special time.

I do not take sugar with my tea, so I use the sugar bowl as a stand for my tea strainer.

I also like to read inspirational books ~ during my quiet time with myself.

Other ways I keep the Romance going with myself are:

Forgive myself ~ I am learning that as much as we need to forgive others; perhaps the most important person we need to remember to forgive is our self. When things from my youth surface in my thoughts, I acknowledge the lesson(s) learned - and then release the thought back to the past.

Take myself on a date ~ whether it's a movie, restaurant or a special function that I would like to attend, especially when it's something which may not be of interest to Mr. G or friends. I'm my own friend too! So why not take myself?

Being generous with myself ~ if there is something that I really would like for myself, I don't wait for others to buy it for me. I treat myself.

Keeping a journal ~ where I write about all the things I'm grateful for; my hopes and dreams and sometimes just random thoughts.

 Nurture - Body, Mind and Spirit

Body ~ eat healthy foods, massage, mani/pedi, up keep grooming (waxing, hair care etc.)
Mind ~ say positive affirmations about self, surround self with positive people
Spirit ~ say a quiet prayer, meditate, walk in nature, hug a tree 

How do you keep the Romance in the relationship with Yourself?

Note: the darling little Angel on the gift box and sugar bowl lid are cherished gifts from my dear friend Mariette of Mariette's Back to Basics, who inspires me to live a simple and true life. I often use them in my afternoon tea settings for myself, as a reminder that I am never alone ~ my Angels are always with me.

Sharing this post with : 
 "Isabelle Thornton"  Le Chateau des Fleurs for Monady Linky ~Little red House for Mosaic Mondays ~  A Return to Loveliness Tuesday Tea Time Tuesday ~Tuesday Cuppa Tea  ~Friends Sharing Tea Tea Cup Tuesday Return to Loveliness ~Tea Time Thursday 


  1. Beautiful post! I enjoyed reading about how you treat yourself with love and respect. A very very good thing! I am very similar to you, a well laid tea tray, a good book, a quiet corner, and maybe a bit of sunshine....perfect way to show oneself love and care.
    Your china is so beautiful, the tea cup the sweetest pink beauty!

  2. You are so amazing. I love that you take time for you. I know that I need to do more of that. Love the little touches from Mariette! So gorgeous. xo

  3. Dear Celia,
    What a lovely post for Valentine's day! There's nothing more important than taking care of ourselves so we can care for others. I love your list of ideas to treat ourselves well. Your teapot and rose pattern teacup & saucer is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful week.

  4. Dearest Celia,
    WOW, this is a treat for me to read here. It made me so happy to see the angels back, after the long journey (via Miami each time; don't ask the logic of the US Postal Service...) all the way up to Canada. But they belong, one can tell. You also very cleverly used your sugar bowl as a stand for the tea strainer. That is genial; only you could do that as a true tea connoisseur.
    Oh, LOVE those padded hearts on the placemat... such a romantic setting. Wish we did not live that far away from each other! We certainly would share some cups of tea; no sugar but it would be the sweetest experience!
    Hugs to you dear friend,

  5. Dear Celia, What a beautiful tea filled with special moments to one's self. This is all such a treat and so important. Love your tea set and the beautiful setting. What a clever idea for the tea strainer on the sugar bowl.
    You have reminded us how of life's little joys and blessings.

    Thank you for the well wishes. I am doing a bit better but now have pleurisy. It is going to take some time to fully recover. Have a wonderful week and blessings always.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  6. I love this. If we wait for someone else to take care of ourselves maybe no one won't we deserve to be loved by our selves every day!

  7. What a lovely post...all the way through! Lovely photos, poems and sentiments. Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing your wonderful post and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  8. Gorgeous post about something we should all remember -- we need to LOVE ourselves. Lovely teascape and clever idea for the tea strainer and sugar bowl.

  9. Hello Celia
    A delightful post with words of wisdom. Inner peace is found when we love ourselves first and then know we can love others too. Afternoon tea is also my time for reflection.

  10. Hi Celia,
    What a lovely post you have shared today. Afternoon tea is a special time set aside to relax and reflect on the blessings in my life, of which there are many. Your tea things are so pretty and what a sweet idea to use the sugar bowl as a stand for the strainer! I don't take sugar in my tea either. I love how we can learn new things from one another. Thank you, my friend, for sharing your beautiful post with us and coming to tea. Hope you're having delightful week.


  11. Love your post, so inspiring. Your teapot is beautiful too. Everything you said is so correct, I enjoy my teas alone as well as with company. God bless

  12. It's a lovely thought Celia....to romance ourselves, to love ourselves, to take moments in time and make them special...just for us.

  13. Celia, I want to extend my apologies for not knowing sooner that you were the blogging sister I was assigned to. I wrote Mary many times, including the time I changed my email but I know her life is very busy. I loved each and every single one of the beautiful and encouraging details you sent my way in 2012, my dear. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    I wish you many blessings.

  14. Dear Celia,
    Love, love love the teacup and teapot. So feminine. Clever girl with your "teacup strainer"!
    ~Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

  15. Celia, your post is really lovely. We should all treat ourselves, and a nice tea and a good book is a great way to do just that!
    Hugs, Beth

  16. Beautiful post, Celia!...and so true....the importance of caring first for our own body, mind and spirit. I love how you celebrate life and your idea of setting your tea up as if a friend were coming. I never take time to do these things. I do have a cup of ginger tea every morning and that is my quiet time to prepare for my day.

  17. The above comment was from me, Celia....I didn't realize I was not logged into my blogger account.

  18. Beautiful post!! I wish I had more time to romance myself ;) When I do, I love to relax with a good book and a cup of rose tea.
    Thank you for your words of encouragement!
    Wishing you a fabulous day! xoxo, B

  19. I enjoyed reading your very challenging "life story" and how you are dealing with it. I also loved your ideas for tea for YOURSELF. Thank you for linking to "Friends Sharing Tea".

  20. What a lovely idea to set the table properly for afternoon tea just as if a friend was visiting (and your china is so pretty!) I'm all for a little pampering too - little things like a mani-pedi or a relaxing Indian head massage really make all the difference.

  21. Lovely thoughts on how to love oneself! The tea setting is a perfect way to treat yourself to a special moment. The pretty set and cup and saucer are a beautiful vignette to be cherished and used again and again. Hope you treat yourself special on Valentine's Day! Thanks again for the thoughts!


  22. i would have never thought of that.
    i'm already SO spoiled!

  23. Such a lovely, lovely post and I SO agree with everything you said and live by those rules myself. After all, who knows us better than we know ourselves, who knows our hopes and dreams our foibles and our weaknesses, our desires and our wishes ... we do. One of my favorite quotes is: "Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening." Thanks for stopping by this week, sweet! I agree, shoes would be perfect for matchboxes! xoxo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration

  24. Beautiful post! I love your ideas about romancing ourselves. One way I do that is to always slather on perfumed body lotion. It is a small treat I buy for myself. Alpha Hubby loves my soft, scented skin so that is an added bonus! I so agree - taking care of ourselves is the best way to live!

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  26. Celia,
    What a beautiful post with such a wonderful message that I often forget :)
    I love it!I have a card up on my Inspiration board, "Don't Forget to Love Yourself"...So True!

    I hope you are warm and bundled up in that rotten storm that is in your neighbourhood...
    xo, Nathalie

  27. Lovely post. Taking care of ourselves enables us to better care and love others. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden thursday,

  28. Love the post! For me, I love getting a pedi with my BFF! We both find the time to take a break from our homes, families and just spend an hour being spoiled and pampered!
    We found a new place that has a private foot room, quite music - it was sheer bliss!
    Can't wait for your return!


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