By Maggie Lyon Varadhan

Why are we all so intense, strung out, and serious a lot of the time? Perhaps it’s because you’re not really living your best life, as Oprah would say. (And, heck, we pretty much listen to everything that Oprah says here at The Beauty Bean.)

So, in the spirit of Women’s History Month (but really in the spirit of women, every month!) our one big urging for all women is this: LIVE. And, naturally, embedded within L-I-V-E, are four poignant messages we’re taking note of – and hope you will too.

L is for LOVE. Love yourself, always. You are worthy and valuable. No matter your size, shape, color, status, job, address, or sexuality. Love and stand up for who you are while you discover who you are. Give as much love as you can in this world.

How to love your body unconditionally!

I is for INSIGHT. Don’t be afraid to slow way down. Get quiet. Go inside. Watch your breath. Take a close look at yourself. Stay with it. Get to know what you are really about. Connect with that inner sage. You are more powerful than you think.

V is for VISION. Trust your intuition about your authentic path. Stay awake to your intentions. Be true to you. Don’t let anyone bar you from going after your dreams. When your heart is clear, the road will open.

A motivational message to help you stay on track.

E is for EVOLUTION. Growth is free form, and not always smooth. Without exception, keep on. Personal transformation happens unevenly, in layers. It can feel arduous and painful, but don’t give up. Respect where you are in your process. The journey is fulfilling, every step of the way.

Most of all, embrace your unique life openly. Even though our days appear endless, we aren’t really here for that long. Live fearlessly. Live freely. Live compassionately.

From our sincere and creative hearts to yours: LIVE it up.

35 ways to show yourself more love.