Mostly a “holiday” of forced exchanges of chocolate and flowers, Valentine’s Day frustrations and woes seem to have conquered this crazy little thing called love, but I’m using this Valentine’s Day to empower youth and give back to the community.  Last year I launched a project of using three simple words: “I Heart Me” and affixed this mantra onto t-shirts and totes. Instead of waiting for Cupid to shoot his arrow, I’ve decided to remind those in the community the power that can only come from loving yourself.

It’s my way of turning Valentine’s Day from a collision of expectations and realities, more so to a day in which people can still celebrate even if they didn’t have a so-called “Valentine”.

Instead of chocolates I will be giving out I Heart Me bags to not only empower these young kids but to encourage them too. My I Heart Me bags will consist of a note of encouragement along with a custom made t-shirt.  This year I’m launching “Know Your Worth” which is another mantra I hope can promote self worth & boost self-confidence.
In light of the overwhelming success of last year’s project, I look forward to empowering today’s youth with the I Heart Me Project. I invite you to participate and spread the love this Valentine’s Day in your communities.

Tanasia Michelle