In my 20s and early 30s, I used attention from men as a validation card.
I sadly thought that if I didn’t have one (or two) men interested in me at all times, I wasn’t interesting. A lot of this emotional reliance had to do with the environment in which I was raised. I grew up with an alcoholic parent, which ultimately fed my desire to feel special and loved outside my home.
Not being solid on my own fueled my poor decisions about whom to date and I often stayed in the wrong relationships too long. Here are seven things about self-love and relationships I wish I'd known earlier in life. I hope they can help you find your "one," no matter your age.