By Connie Hertz
February is the month of love.
Love means so much to me.
Here you see a photo of my almost 8 month old granddaughter, Olivia Rose! She is a beautiful blend in looks, of her daddy, my son, Adam, and her mommy Laura.
She has the most amazing looks and smiles and laughs! For those of you who are grandparents, you know the amazing love you feel for your child’s child.
I learned so much and still learn so much about love, from my beautiful parents, ages 82 and almost 84. They just celebrated this past week, their 63rd anniversary! Their love for one another is inspiring and at times, humorous to observe. They give to others in their lives and through their church, continuously. I believe this is one reason they are still so active and vital at their ages.
We just got back from a 15 day, once in a lifetime trip with them to Europe. Hale and I, my daughter and her husband, and my sister and her husband. We walked miles each day and saw so much history and beauty. My parents amazed me as they kept up day after day, walking and enjoying the sights of Italy, Spain, France, Sicily and Tunisia.
I have love and appreciation for my close, loving, loud family, of 5 of us kids, and all of their now large extended families. I am the only child that moved away from Ohio, now over 32 years ago. The rest all remain around the Toledo, Ohio area.
I have had many love relationships in my almost 59 years here on this earth!
The first was when I was 7 years old, sharing my first kiss, in Bennett Park, where we spent our entire summers, playing, with many kids, doing crafts and playing outside games.
From there, I had many other boys and then men, whom I loved.
My kids father, was the only man I chose to marry, staying married just shy of 21 years to him.
I’m now with Hale, my love, and my friend, who shares everything with me at this stage of my life. I’m getting close to 60 years old now, and I still think of myself as 30! I remain youthful in thoughts, and I am active with my workouts on a regular basis, and have been for over 32 years now, as well as eating healthy.
My love of my kids, Adam and Abby, is a love, only parents can understand. I was over protective and very involved in their lives. As time went on, I needed to learn to let go of wanting to share in everything that went on in their lives. My daughter and husband live in NYC, and any time I can spend with Abby is very special. She’s grown to love me more and more as the years have gone on and to appreciate me with all of my ways. She understands me and knows me probably more than anyone does.
Adam is a busy new father and an 8th grade school teacher. I don’t get to spend as much time with him at this point as I would like.
I have love for many friends, both from my past and from the last several years. My friend Donna, I have known since we were in first grade and 6 years old! My friend Debbie, I have known since we were in second grade and 7 years old! My friend Sharon, I have known since we were in Fifth grade and 11 years old. I cherish all of my friends deeply.
I have friends I made as young mothers, back in the 1980’s. There are many more in between and after that. I have new friends, who share entrepreneurship as something they value, as I do. I have much love for each and every one of them.
My love of life and people and who we each are at a deep soul level has grown massively as I have grown. I have learned to love myself and to slow down and appreciate things, people, my surroundings, and to feel the energy wherever I am.
I call myself a “Live Experience Coach” now. Something new for me. I realize, more than I ever have, that I have much to offer to others. I love to take people through a 30 minute or less, complimentary session, where they each find their purpose here on earth. It makes all the difference in the world to each of us once we find out our purpose and live from it on a daily basis.
My purpose is to Live In Joy, and to Inspire Others to Live In Joy!
I’m more peaceful more moments of my days, as I am aware of living from my purpose.
There are so many other forms of love that I feel. What are some ways you love?
Share them below!
Much love and many blessings to all of you!