Through a great deal of personal work and group support, Kendra Burke of Charleston, South Carolina, arrived at a point at which she did not need anyone else to be her Valentine; instead, she has become her own Valentine.
“It's empowering,” said Kendra of her decision to spend Valentine’s Day and night with the person she loves most of all: herself. “I fall more and more in love with myself every day.”
Kendra explained that on Valentine’s Day, she awakened with an overwhelming gratitude for being exactly who she is, and nobody else. “I really got lucky being me,” she said. “And I keep getting better.”
And, while she didn’t receive any invitations to be taken out for a romantic dinner or night on the town, the paucity of male interest doesn't bother Kendra in the slightest. “Not everyone is ready for a fully actualized partner,” she said. “The more you evolve, the fewer people there are at your level. That's just the price you pay for being your highest self. It's worth it, though."
On Valentine’s Day, Kendra treated herself to her own gourmet meal at home, followed by an evening of reality T.V. “Shows like The Bachelor are such a great reminder of how far I’ve come,” she said. “I have such compassion for all those women so desperate to find love. I found it inside me. I only hope that someday, they do, too.”
And the Kendra love-fest isn’t over now that Valentine’s Day is behind her – far from it. “Every day, I discover more and more things to love about myself,” she said. “I'm very blessed."