As a woman in her late forties, I was, like so many, raised on rom-coms, planning for big wedding days and that love was all peachy and unconditional. Of course, life and love, has a tendency to beat that idealistic vision out of you, but through all of that journey there has been growth and a deeper understanding of what love truly is.

A journey that has taught me well and shown me time and time again that love is powerful and the most powerful love is the love of self. We spend so much time looking for love, as if it is something out there, when in truth it lies within us. It is only when…