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The non-emergency phone number for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department is 713-221-6000. But if you actually have an

emergency and in need of assistance right away, please call 9-1-1.

WESTFIELD COMMUNITY

HELPFUL NUMBERS

Spectrum Association Management

281-343-9178 281-752-5482 Fax

16690 Park Row • Houston, TX 77084

Monique Robinson - Manager

MRRobinson@spectrumam.com

WESTFIELD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Clark - President

Mary Carpentier - Vice President

Jacque Freeman - Secret Secretary / Treasurer

Marian Miller - Director

Richard Salce - Director

Abraham Montemayor - Director

Nick Niccoletti - Director

WCA Waste 281-368-8397

Ricewood M.U.D. 281-579-4500

Mayde Creek M.U.D. 832-467-1599

Mayde Creek Event Center Reservations 281-492-7696

Sheriff Office (non-emergency) 713-221-6000

Westlake Fire Dept. (non-emergency/events) 281-492-0560

Ricewood M.U.D. 281-579-4500

CenterPoint Energy (gas) 713-659-2111

Light Outages 713-207-2222

report online at http://cnp.centerpointenergy.com/outage

Power to Choose (elec)

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SCHOOLS

Rhoads Elementary 281-237-8500

McRoberts Elementary 281-237-2000

Cardiff Jr. High 281-234-0600

Mayde Creek HS 281-237-3000

Morton Ranch HS 281-237-7800

KISD Administration 281-396-6000

HARRIS COUNTY NUMBERS

Texas Poison Control 1-800-222-1222

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Mosquito Control 713-440-4800

Commissioner Radack 281-463-6300

US Post Office 1-800-275-8777

Katy Library 281-391-3509

Katherine Tyra Library 281-550-0885

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2021 HOA DUES

The 2021 dues are due January 1 st , delinquent February 1 st . If you need more

time to pay your dues, request a payment plan now before being turned

over to the attorney for collection and avoid paying much more. Save

yourself a lot of extra money and possible judgment and foreclosure. Unlike

many other subdivisions, there is no charge for a payment plan if you enter

into one before being turned over to the attorney’s office for collection.

IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR INVOICE, PLEASE CONTACT SPECTRUM

ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT AT 281-343-9178.

ARE YOU SAVING THE MONEY YOU DESERVE ON YOUR PROPERTY TAXES?

While doing some research on our neighborhood recently, I noticed

that numerous Westfield Homeowners have not filed for Homestead

Exemption on their property to save money on property taxes. (You must

occupy the home to qualify for this exemption.)

A homestead exemption helps you save on taxes on your home. An

exemption removes part of the value of your property from taxation and

lowers your taxes. For example, if your home is valued at $100,000 and

you qualify for a $20,000 exemption, you pay taxes on a value of $80,000.

An Application for Residential Homestead Exemption (same form for

over-65, disability, over-55 surviving spouse or 100% disabled veteran

homestead exemptions) can be found by hovering over Forms Page at

www.hcad.org, choose popular forms, then choose form #11-13, which is

the 1 st form on the list. Homestead exemption, General Residential, over

65, disability, over 55 surviving spouse. Follow the instructions on the form.

To check your property to see if you have the homestead exemption, go

to hcad.org, hover over property search, then choose search by address

and fill in your address. (You will have better success if you do not use dr.

cir.pl. etc.) Look about halfway down on the left under Exemption Type,

this will show the type of exemption you have or none if you do not have

any exemptions. There are videos to watch for complete instructions

to fill out the homestead exemption form and the documents you will

need to send in with the application. You can contact the Harris County

Appraisal District at 713-957-7800 if you have any questions.

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STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

All neighborhood activities are posted in the following places:

• Sign up on the Spectrum website: Go to spectrumam.com. Click

on Homeowner Assistance. Click on Create an account and follow

Instructions. After signing up, you will receive e-blast on all upcoming

events. You can find the following items on the Spectrum website:

Deed restrictions, minutes of Board meetings, ACC approval form,

Account information, pay your account online, report violations, pool

information and financials.

• Check the Westfieldhoakatytx Facebook Page. Make a friend request on

Westfieldhoakatytx.

• Join Nextdoor.com.

MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS

Residents are encouraged to attend any of our monthly Board meetings.

They are held on the third Monday of the month beginning at 6 PM

(Executive Session) and 7 PM open session, at Spectrum Association

Management’s office located at 16990 Park Row, Houston, TX 77084.

If you have concerns, questions or just want to hear what is going on,

please attend.

WESTFIELD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Clark - President

Mary Carpentier - Vice President

Jacque Freeman - Secret Secretary/Treasurer

Marian Miller - Director

Richard Salce - Director

Abraham Montemayor - Director

Nick Niccoletti – Director

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NUISANCE ABATEMENT

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has an overall Nuisance Abatement

program for neighborhoods. Empty homes with junk and clutter in the

front and back yards, eyesores for the community, inoperable vehicles,

health and safety hazards… these and much more are addressed under

Texas law as it applies to Nuisance Abatements in the Traffic Code and

the Health and Safety code. All Deputy Contract units are trained in every

Nuisance Abatement law on the books. Each law will be enforced quickly.

Once again, we are putting a burden on the Sheriff’s Office that rightfully

belongs on other agencies and the homeowners’ associations, but this is

the most expeditious way of solving the many problems we are seeing

i. So, if you know of a home that is abandoned, has a junk vehicle in the

driveway or street, trash, debris, high grass, a dangerous swimming pool,

etc., please contact the management company, Spectrum Association

Management, 281-343-9178, ask them to forward the information to

our deputy or the district nuisance abatement deputy who will act on

it immediately. This program began in 2011 following the training of all

deputies. New deputies who bid into contracts are trained in Nuisance

Abatement prior to their new assignment. The vehicle Nuisance

Abatement and parking code are enforced in an ongoing policy. The

health and safety laws will supplement that for further improvement in

our neighborhoods. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with

the Harris County Health Department and the County Attorney in an

effort to clean up these problems.

REPORT STREETLIGHT OUTAGES

Please report outages of streetlights to Centerpoint Energy. You will

need the pole number as well as the nearest street address and call 713-

207-2222 or go to their website and complete an online form. It is very

important that non-working lights are reported for the safety of our each

of us. We pay the exact same whether the light is working or not.

WCA GARBAGE COLLECTION

HOLIDAYS AND GUIDELINES

Collection Days: Monday and Thursday

Holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,

Thanksgiving and Christmas

WCA TRASH RULES

Tree and yard waste will be collected on all regular collection days and

must be located at the curb area of each residence and maybe contained

in containers or bags not exceeding forty (40) gallons or forty (40)

pounds. Trees, shrubs, brush trimmings and fencing must be stacked in

neat stacks and in lengths no greater than four (4) feet with no branch

diameter exceeding three (3) inches. Size limitations are required to

avoid damaging the equipment in the crushing process. Bulky items

will be collected on all regular collection day sand must be located at

the curb area of each residence. Except as excluded below, all bulky

items such as appliances, furniture, carpet (up to I room, rolled up four

feet wide and less than fifty pounds) and cardboard boxes(flattened),

will be picked up.

By Federal Law, refrigerator sand freezers or any other items containing

Freon must be drained of Freon and have an accompanying certification

to validate such service was performed before being collected by WCA.

Items excluded from normal collection are dirt, rocks, bricks, concrete,

tires, batteries, motor oil, cooking oil, waste generated by a private

contractor or any materials or items deemed hazardous materials. WCA

will leave a tag explaining the reason for any non-collected item(s). With

respect to special collection of other than normal amounts of residential

refuse, yard trimmings or bulk items, if notified in advance, WCA will

meet with a resident prior to collection day to determine a price for such

special collection.

If a resident does not notify WCA of such a special pick-up before

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HOMEOWNER HOT LINE

THERE IS HELP FOR YOUR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION!

The Greater Houston Chapter of the Community Associations Institute

(CAI) has launched a free HOA Hotline, a resource for homeowners and

Board members owning homes/units in condominium, townhome

and subdivision community associations and have questions about

the operations of their association. The Hotline is staffed with local

non-attorney experts knowledgeable in community association best

practices. Please contact the Hotline by calling 832-251-1874.

We urge homeowners to take advantage of this free resource. After all,

isn’t it better to resolve issues quickly and reasonably now before they

get out of hand later?

*Please note, the HOA Hotline panel, as well as CAI Staff will NOT give

out legal advice. If seeking legal help, please contact the appropriate

attorney or legal service. LegalLine is a free legal service, open to any

Harris County citizen. It is held on the first and third Wednesday of every

month, from 5-9 PM. To reach a volunteer attorney, call 713-759-1133.

This program is by telephone only. For Spanish speakers, Consejos

Legales is the first Thursday of the month from 6-8 PM. To reach a Spanish

speaking volunteer attorney call 713-759-1133.

TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

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the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want

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in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you want

to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we will

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for those listed on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check

out references if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a

list of teenagers from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs.

Responsibility for any work done by these teenagers is between those

seeking helpers and the teens and their parents.

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teams and 600 runners raced to support the foundation, raising over

$115,000 for Katy ISD teacher grants.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation celebrated a spectacular milestone

this year with over $2 million awarded in its first eight years of Inspiring

Imagination teacher grants. Reason2Race and its proceeds play a key role

in reaching milestones such as this and will continue to garner support as

the foundation’s grant program expands. Register and join Team Katy ISD

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National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), the oldest and largest motherdaughter

volunteer organization in the nation, gives mothers and

daughters unique opportunities to strengthen their bond while growing

together and improving their communities through philanthropic,

leadership and cultural activities. For the 2021-2022 Membership Year,

we are accepting applications for mothers with daughters currently in 6 th

grade in the Katy ISD, Richmond, Fulshear or Sealy areas. Deadline for all

applications and required forms is due 1/15/2021.

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this opportunity to make a aluable impact to our community while

strengthening your mother/daughter bond by joining NCL-Katy chapter.

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COMMON VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES

As we embark on the journey each day to eat and live better, take note of

the common vitamin nutrient deficiencies that are easily treated:

1. Calcium: Calcium is important for maintaining strong bones and

controlling muscle and nerve function. Signs of severely low calcium

include fatigue, muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythms and a poor

appetite. Make sure you’re getting enough with at least three servings of

milk or yogurt a day. Other good sources of calcium are cheese, calciumfortified

orange juice and dark, leafy greens.

2. Vitamin D: This vitamin is also critical for bone health. Symptoms

of a vitamin D deficiency can be vague - fatigue and muscle aches or

weakness. If it goes on long term, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to

softening of the bones. To get enough vitamin D, have three servings

of fortified milk or yogurt daily eating fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna,

twice a week; and spend some time outside in the sunshine every day.

3. Potassium: Potassium helps the kidneys, heart and other organs

work properly. You could become low in potassium in the short term

because of diarrhea or vomiting, excessive sweating or antibiotics or

because of chronic conditions such as eating disorders and kidney

disease, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Symptoms of

a deficiency include weight loss, muscle weakness, constipation and in

severe cases, an abnormal heart rhythm. For natural potassium sources,

consume bananas, whole grains, milk, vegetables, beans and peas.

4. Iron: Iron helps your body make red blood cells. When iron levels get

too low, your body can’t effectively carry oxygen. The resulting anemia

can cause fatigue. You might also notice pale skin and dull, thin, sparse

hair. To boost iron levels, eat iron-fortified cereal, beef, oysters, beans

(especially white beans, chickpeas and kidney beans), lentils and spinach.

5. Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 aids the production of DNA and helps make

neurotransmitters in the brain. With an increasing number of vegans

and people who’ve had weight loss surgery, vitamin B12 deficiency is

becoming more common. Symptoms of severe B12 deficiency include

numbness in the legs, hands or feet; problems with walking and balance;

anemia; fatigue; weakness; a swollen, inflamed tongue; memory loss;

paranoia; and hallucinations. You can get vitamin B12 from animal

sources: eat more fish, chicken, milk and yogurt. If you’re vegan, opt for

vegan foods fortified with B12, such as non-dairy milk, meat substitutes

and breakfast cereals.

6. Folate: Folate or folic acid, is a particularly important vitamin for

women of childbearing age, which is why prenatal vitamins contain such

a hefty dose. A folate deficiency can cause a decrease in the total number

of cells and large red blood cells as well as neural tube defects in an

unborn child. Symptoms of a folate deficiency include fatigue, gray hair,

mouth ulcers, poor growth and a swollen tongue. To get folate from food,

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go for fortified cereals, beans, lentils, leafy greens and oranges.

7. Magnesium: Magnesium helps support bone health and assists in

energy production. Magnesium deficiency can cause loss of appetite,

nausea and vomiting, fatigue and weakness. In more severe cases, it can

lead to numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms,

personality changes or low potassium or calcium levels. To help your

levels return to normal, eat more magnesium-rich foods, such as almonds,

cashews, peanuts, spinach, black beans and edamame.

Courtesy of: www.everydayhealth.com/hs/guide-to-essential-nutrients/

common-nutrient-deficiencies

EASY WAYS TO EAT MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES

The new food plate unveiled by the Department of Agriculture sends a

clear message: eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are easy ways to get

more of these important foods into your diet:

Start early: Get in the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables

a day by eating them early with your morning meal. Add a banana to

your cereal, berries to your yogurt, veggies to your omelet.

Make them visible: Set out a fruit bowl in the kitchen or have carrot

sticks available for snacking. Take some time to prepare the fruits or

vegetables, so they are ready to eat.

Frozen is good: Frozen vegetables, such as peas and carrots, are a great

way to make sure you always have vegetables in the house.

At mealtime, think of the veggies first, not the protein: Half of your

plate needs to be filled with fruits and vegetables. Base your meals on

what vegetables you’ll have and then think of the grains and protein to

go with it.

Have fruit with your sweets: Fruits are nature’s natural candy. Puree

berries and adding them as a sauce to desserts, such as ice cream.

Courtesy of: www.livescience.com/35730-five-easy-ways-eat-morefruits-vegetables.html

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Martin Luther King, Jr., an American clergyman and Nobel Prize

winner was one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights

movement and a prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. King’s

challenges to segregation and racial discrimination in the 1950s and

1960s helped convince many white Americans to support the cause

of civil rights in the United States. After his assassination in 1968, King

became a symbol of protest in the struggle for racial justice. In 1957,

King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

(SCLC), an organization of black churches and ministers that aimed

to challenge racial segregation. As SCLC’s president, King became

the organization’s dominate personality and its primary intellectual

influence. He was responsible for much of the organization’s

fundraising, which he frequently conducted in conjunction with

preaching engagements in Northern churches. SCLC sought to

complement the NAACP’s legal efforts to dismantle segregation

through the courts, with King and other SCLC leaders encouraging

the use of nonviolent direct action to protest discrimination. These

activities included marches, demonstrations and boycotts.

“I Have a Dream” - King and other black leaders organized the 1963

March on Washington, a massive protest in Washington, D.C. for

jobs and civil rights. On August 28, 1963, King delivered the keynote

address to an audience of more than 200,000 civil rights supporters.

His “I Have a Dream” speech expressed the hopes of the civil rights

movement in oratory as moving as any in American history. After

his death, King came to represent black courage and achievement,

high moral leadership and the ability of Americans to address and

overcome racial divisions. Perhaps the most important memorial

is the national holiday in King’s honor, designated by the Congress

of the United States in 1983 and observed on the third Monday in

January, a day that falls on or near King’s birthday of January 15 th .

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Spaghetti Pizza

You could make this on National Spaghetti Day January 4th!

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup milk

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

4 ounces pepperoni sausage, sliced (or other toppings if preferred)

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch

baking dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti

and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.

Combine egg, milk, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt and garlic salt in a

large bowl. Stir in cooked spaghetti; mix well. Spread mixture into prepared

baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and

reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Spread sauce over spaghetti. Sprinkle with oregano, basil and the remaining

1 1/2 cups mozzarella. Top with pepperoni, return to oven and bake until

cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes more. Let stand

5 minutes before cutting.

Source: allrecipes.com, Submitted by: Kathy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

You could make this on National Peanut Butter Day January 24th!

Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) prepared chocolate cookie crumb crust

4 eggs

1 cup butter, softened

8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

DIRECTIONS:

Melt 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate and cool to room temperature. Beat

the eggs with 3/4 cup butter or margarine, chocolate and confectioners’

sugar for a FULL 5 minutes. Mixture will be thick and smooth.

In a separate bowl, beat the peanut butter, 1/4 cup butter, and cream.

Spoon chocolate filling into crust. Swirl peanut butter filling into

chocolate filling. Drizzle remaining 2 oz of melted chocolate on top of

pie. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/

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Gardening Tips For January

• Birds: Provide food and fresh water. More birds die from lack of water

than from lack of food.

• Cacti: Semi-dormant now. Reduce watering.

• Camellias: Plants may be moved. Pick up and discard fallen blooms.

• Cultivation: Changes in design may now be made, new beds dug and

old ones rebuilt. Correct defects in drainage. Incorporate gypsum into

heavy soils: repeat in three weeks. Dig granite dust, rock phosphate

and quantities of organic matter into soil. Allow time for settling before

planting.

• Fertilize: Daylilies, spuria, Louisiana and bearded irises with complete

fertilizer. Give strawberries 1 teaspoon ammonium sulfate, keeping six

inches away from plant. Fertilize pansies with manure tea or blood meal.

Water in.

• Fruits: Plant fruit trees. Mulch figs with grass or straw to prevent freeze

damage to crown.

• House Plants: Water, when surface soil is crumbly dry. Wash dust off

leaves to open pores. Mist often. Inspect for diseases and insects. Reduce

water for poinsettias.

• Lawns: Remove thatch aerate, and feed with low nitrogen mixture.

• Pests: For petal blight prevention, spray azaleas and camellias as

flowers open. Spray for scale with dormant oil solution if temperature

will be above 35˚ and below 85˚ for next 48 hours. Always read and heed

manufacturer’s directions before spraying.

• Propagation: Ivy cuttings root easily this month and next. Root cuttings

of shrubs in mixture of loam and coarse sand; keep damp and semishaded

until rooted.

• Prune: Fruit trees in advance of new growth. Prune to groom and shape.

Do not remove too much. Remove dead wood from trees and shrubs

before spring buds swell, but do not prune spring bloomers. Prune crape

myrtles. Prune nandina and others of similar growth habit by cutting

unwanted canes out at base of plant.

• Roses: Annual pruning about the middle of February, just before the

spring buds break. To prevent later appearance of disease in the old beds,

keep garden clean of debris and weeds. Complete preparation of new

beds for roses.

• Transplanting: January is one of the best months to transplant woody

plants, both evergreen and deciduous, especially trees. Energy will be

expended on roots instead of foliage. Learn ultimate size and cultural

needs of tree or plant before buying. Consider dwarf varieties to avoid

crowding later. Group plants of similar cultural needs. Do not work wet

soil. Assure good drainage. Keep plants moist.

• Vegetables: Prepare beds, preferably raised for drainage, with about

50% humus, including rotted manure.

• Winter Protection: Expect freeze any time; plan for protection of tender

plants. Water. Remove coverings, particularly plastic, when temperature

rises. Protect low plants with dry leaves, pine needles or soil mulch, but

remove when weather warms.

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25 WAYS TO SNEAK IN

MORE EXERCISE EVERY DAY

One of the TOP New Year resolutions: exercise more! Here

are some ways to help incorporate exercise into your daily

routines:

1. Make your bed every morning.

2. Do 10 push-ups every morning.

3. Squat while you brush your teeth.

4. Park farther than you need to.

5. Clean your office.

6. Take the stairs.

7. Exercise on the job.

8. Do your own filing/copying/coffee-fetching.

9. Switch your office chair for a stability ball.

10. Schedule a daily walk break at work.

11. Take calls standing up.

12. Skip the inter-office mail and walk it over.

13. Suggest walk meetings.

14. Practice isometrics.

15. Reorganize your office or home.

16. Go on walking/biking errands.

17. Do the grocery shopping.

18. Make your own food.

19. Hand-wash dishes.

20. Keep your yoga mat/weights/kettlebell by the TV.

21. Clean your home.

22. Wash your own vehicle.

23. Play with children.

24. Dance.

25. Laugh.

Courtesy of: www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/25-ways-tosneak-in-more-exercise-every-day/

POPULAR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

• Drink Less Alcohol

• Eat Right

• Get a Better Education

• Get a Better Job

• Get Fit

• Lose Weight

• Quit Smoking Now

• Reduce Stress On-the-Job

• Reduce Stress Overall

• Save Money

• Take a Trip

• Volunteer to Help Others

LOVE YOURSELF

To love yourself means to respect and appreciate yourself as you are and to come to

terms with those aspects of yourself that you can’t change - the aspects that make

you unique. It means allowing yourself to drop the conditions that you have created

to love yourself like, “I will love myself once I…” and simply choose to embrace the

good and the bad, the mistakes and the triumphs.

Loving yourself isn’t a one-time thing, but an endless, ongoing process that starts

with realizing that it’s not about discovering self-love; it’s about tearing down the

walls you’ve built against it. Below are 6 ways to learn to love yourself more:

1. Focus on the things you like about yourself

2. Make time to do the things you enjoy

3. Let go of mistakes and embrace the past

4. Appreciate your life

5. Get out of your comfort zone

6. Take care of your body!

Courtesy of: www.recoverywarriors.com/6-simple-ways-to-love-yourself-more

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