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David Creel: P.S.: I Love Me

 

David Creel

 

The human heart is conditioned to feel love for others on Valentine''s Day and to express it in numerous ways -- a hand-picked bouquet of flowers, a heartfelt sentiment scribbled inside a card, or chocolates.  

 

In the greeting card aisles with thousands of "I love you''s" and "be mine''s," it''s unheard of to find a category labeled "to me." I say why is the holiday just about showing love to others, and why can''t we be selfish just one day of the year? The time of waiting around for someone else to present you with a token of affection shall cease this year, darn it. It''s time you fall in love with yourself! 

 

I love so many people. It began with my mama many years ago, her beautiful auburn hair, perfectly lined lips and most always the aroma of White Linen. Then there was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. McCormick, for whom I fell deeply at age 5. I loved my best friend Kevin in the third grade as we sat together during recess talking about things most little boys talk about. A few crushes followed, like Holly Elliott, Jolie Reid and Elizabeth Reyer -- all junior high cheerleaders and not the least bit interested in the skinny kid with glasses.  

 

Oh, how I loved my chorus teacher, Mrs. Lyons, for so many reasons, but mostly for passing me with a "C" three years in a row knowing full well I was just moving my lips the whole time. 

 

Love has been a constant in my life with my beautiful nieces and adorable nephews. I love my dearest Chris and our four dogs: Sophia, Lillian, Stella and Naomi. I love so many people and find myself licking red, pink and fuchsia envelopes containing paper valentines year after year. 

 

It seems much easier to love others than to love oneself. But this year is different. This Valentine''s Day I wrote myself a love letter and reminded me why I am special. It took a few moments for the ink to flow, but it was a powerful exercise in honesty. So, here''s the thing. Write yourself a love letter, send you a valentine and fall madly in love with yourself just for the heck of it.  

 

And don''t forget the gifts! Reserve an appointment for a manicure and pedicure. Subscribe to three magazines that make you feel fabulous (my favorite is Vogue), and have a strawberry milkshake, fries and a hamburger instead of yogurt just this one time. Send flowers to your office with a card reading, "I love me."  

 

Be impulsive! Instead of walking past those bright yellow open-toed flats with the hot pink bow, put them on and wear them out of the store, skipping all the way. Charge them first, of course. Eat some chocolates. They will taste better coming from you since you know the right kind. Paint on a new shade of lipstick, blush or eye shadow just because you can, and go shopping for a brand new perfume. Remember to ask for the large size, body lotion and shower gel.  

 

That''s right. This gift is for you, sweetheart! Oh, and just for fun, have it all gift wrapped so you can open it and feel the love that you deserve this Valentine''s Day ... and every day. Go ahead. I dare you. 

 

A new resident of Columbus'' Southside, David Creel has owned two successful salons and written about beauty for many newspapers and magazines, including VIP Jackson. He is a former style columnist for the Clarion-Ledger. E-mail him at beautifulwithdavid@gmail.com.

 

Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at beautifulwithdavid@gmail.com.

 

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Article Comment Katie commented at 2/7/2010 9:42:00 AM:

Love, LOVE this article! It is so very true...we spend most of our lives loving other people but neglect ourselves. I will follow your advice this year and take myself out for a mani/pedi and enjoy every last second of it.

Thanks, David for some great advice!

 

Article Comment Joyce commented at 2/7/2010 10:01:00 AM:

David, Congrats on the new column. Your charm, wit, and style will quickly steal the hearts of Columbus just as it stole mine. After reading your article I've decided to show myself the love by paying a visit to Jimmy Choo. If Henry fusses at me I'm blaming you! Love and miss you. Joyce

 

Article Comment Amir commented at 2/7/2010 11:38:00 AM:

Great article David!

 

Article Comment Trudy Eubanks commented at 2/7/2010 12:02:00 PM:

Awesome job, David. How very profound and true! I think I am going to slip into some bright yellow flats with a pink bow and skip on down to the store to purchase the biggest box of chocolates I can find and the biggest bottle of perfume I can acquire. Thanks for reminding me that I love me and I deserve to be good to me! You are a treasure, honey. Hugs and kisses from the great state of Alaska!

 

Article Comment RWelch commented at 2/7/2010 1:51:00 PM:

Loved your article. Knowing you like I do, I realize that this article came straight from the heart. You are one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I know. Keep up the good work David. You are a true inspiration to others.

 

Article Comment Terri Lynn Byrd commented at 2/7/2010 1:56:00 PM:

David, you ARE special. I love you now and always. You may have been the skinny boy with glasses, but I was the skinny girl with glasses, lol, and you loved me anyway! I hope you have the best Valentine's day ever.

 

Article Comment Susan McDonald commented at 2/7/2010 3:21:00 PM:

David, I'm so glad to see you are back in your element again. You always write so true to your heart. Columbus is so lucky to have you but those of us in Jackson and Ridgeland really do miss you! Happy Valentines Day to you and Chris.

 

Article Comment Joe Williams commented at 2/7/2010 3:47:00 PM:

David, I LOVE this column...you did a GREAT job.

 

Article Comment Hollie Turner :) commented at 2/7/2010 4:48:00 PM:

I LOVE IT DAVID :)--Only YOU could write the best article ever about Valentines day! It's great!

 

Article Comment Penny commented at 2/7/2010 7:23:00 PM:

Wonderful article, David. And only you can put it so well and remind us that we must first love ourselves. I love it! And I love you as much as ever. Your heart is still a precious one to me!!!!! Thanks for sharing what's inside it with all of us, even folks not lucky enough to know the real you!!!!! XOXOXOXXO

 

Article Comment Suzie commented at 2/7/2010 9:14:00 PM:

How true that you must love yourself before you can truly love others! How else is giving of yourself a gift to be treasured?

 

Article Comment Juanita commented at 2/8/2010 8:06:00 AM:

So good to have you back in the news w/great advice for all!!

 

Article Comment Jackie Clark commented at 2/8/2010 6:25:00 PM:

David, you are right we never take the time to appreciate ourselves in all that we do in everyday life...and you may have been the skinny kid with glasses..but you always had a heart of gold for everyone around you...and as you wrote this column you were speaking with your heart of gold..i am personally glad to have known you through out my life..

 

Article Comment Jackie Clark commented at 2/8/2010 6:26:00 PM:

David, you are right we never take the time to appreciate ourselves in all that we do in everyday life...and you may have been the skinny kid with glasses..but you always had a heart of gold for everyone around you...and as you wrote this column you were speaking with your heart of gold..i am personally glad to have known you through out my life..

 

Article Comment Holly commented at 2/8/2010 7:22:00 PM:

A way with words like no other! A true southern gentleman and a fabulous advocate for beauty inside and out!

 

Article Comment TC commented at 2/9/2010 8:37:00 AM:

Good read David!

 

Article Comment Laurie commented at 2/11/2010 5:24:00 AM:

David, you sound like such an expert on the topics and I bet it's because you truly live what you do. I would like to see some of your makeovers too. Do you have a salon? Thanks for bringing life and something beautiful to the paper. We can't wait for the next read.

 

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