Love

an intense feeling of deep affection. LOVE

How is it that something we all want so desperately seems to elude us? We crave it, want it and it’s been proven that you live a much longer and healthier life with love in it.

So if we can all agree on how wonderful love is, why is it so many of us can’t get it? It’s an interesting question for sure and I am not going to claim to have the answer. I could tell you that you probably aren’t loving yourself enough but that would sound trite and no one wants to hear that when all they want is love.

Is the problem with us or with someone else? And is it a problem at all? In all of my struggles with love I can finally say that I feel love every single day. It starts with me. I can finally say that I have reached a place of complete acceptance for who I am and what I bring to the table.

Does that mean my table is jam packed with people clamoring to sit next to me? There are a few for which I am grateful. My steadies. But the table is getting bigger. The more love I bring into this world, the more the world loves me back.

In the past week I have had four stellar auditions. Like life changers in the world of acting. I’m super excited about where they lead but at the same time I knew they were coming. It was inevitable. With all of the work I have done on myself there was going to be a reward.

Trust in the process. But first trust in yourself and what you want. Do not waver from it. Believe that all things are possible because they are.

Just love! Love, Love, Love! Fall madly in love with yourself.

There is a song by Kendrick Lamar that is absolutely beautiful, aptly called, “Love.” He said he wrote the song based on the line, “Give me a run for my money.”

We all want that! Someone who gives us a run for our money. So if that is what we want, then we must become that first. A person so confident, so sure of who they are, one who does not waver in their commitment of it, one who gives love so freely that it returns tenfold.

Kendrick said it best when describing his song:

“It’s really about confidence, like give me a run for my money, and it’s about loving yourself in that way. And when I say things like, ‘Just love me, just love me,’ it just had to do with people who used to be my friends who started acting different for stupid reasons, and it’s just me telling them, ‘Just love me. Love yourself. I love myself. I love you. Just love me.'”

How beautiful is that? We are all attracted to confidence because it is what we all strive to be. We all want to be loved and accepted for who we really are and have someone in our lives who meets us at our level. We want someone who will give us a run for our money. We want the whole package. And we want to be loved for all that we are, including our wounds, scars, tears, quirkiness, greatness, our good days and our bad.

But the only way we can ever receive love and all of its glory on this level, is if we accept ourselves for who we are. When this happens the stars align and magic happens. LOVE

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Gretchen Allison

Actress/Model, supporter of Dogs In Danger, National Mill Dog Rescue and a Fellow Barber in training. I love the ocean, people with integrity, deep house music, travel, learning new skills and margaritas. Not necessarily in that order.

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