Find a love If you’re single, pity parties and junk food marathons can be stereotypically associated with Valentine’s Day. But it’s important for us to be reminded that Valentine’s Day is not just for glorifying romance, it can also be a day to celebrate love in general. The love of family, friends, community, yourself and life overall. In this issue of CAWLM, I am going to share some ideas about how to celebrate Valentine’s Day, no matter what your relationship status may be.
Coddle yourself Since Valentine’s Day is all about love, spend the day doing that. Play hooky from whatever obligation you have that day and take time out for yourself, to do something that you love. Personally, I like to take a drive and hang out in a nearby city. I enjoy going shopping, making a few cocktails and enjoying the scenery and people watching. It may sound silly to you, but it is truly something that I love to do.
Follow through For those of you that cannot bring themselves to take the time to be indulgent, go the opposite direction and spend the day finishing (or starting) something that you’ve been meaning to tackle. Albeit not my choice, I do know those women that like to catch up on household projects, create a budget of some sort or organize/rearrange a room for the millionth time. While I wouldn’t put this on my Valentine’s Day list, because this day is about celebrating love, if you are a person that “loves” things like these, I say GO FOR IT, valentine!
Fall in love with something new If I were up for a new challenge, I would definitely think about taking a dance or cooking lesson. Mixing it up and coming up with an out of the box pick is not only fun, but it gives you a fun activity that you can invite others to do as well. This idea can include a group of your friends (single or partnered up) so that you don’t feel like you have to separate or have the cliché evening that most single and married folks tend to have. Take control of being the lonely person without a Valentine, by enjoying a night on the town.
Send love someone’s way The best way to celebrate love is to give love and laughter to someone else. I think our childhood traditions were accurate. Remember when we had to buy valentines for all of our classmates? Even though we’ve gotten older, that habit should have never stopped. Take it a step further and do a “Valentine Secret Santa” exchange. Everyone could draw names from a hat and have a secret exchange. Tailor the gifts to fit a certain theme like, “accessories for the sexy” (boa, red lipstick, body glitter, etc.). After the exchange, each person has to wear their accessory out with the group for a night on the town. I don’t know about you, but this would be the perfect opportunity to have fun with the person’s name you pulled. I’ve always wanted to subject one of my friends to wearing a halter top that says “I’m bringing sexy back.”
So, regardless if you are the one that will be single for 10 more years or if you are getting married tomorrow, plan the celebration that’s right for you. It’s ok to look at this day more broadly than just a chance to rekindle the romance in your life. While I’m a fan of sharing Valentine’s with the one you love, it’s just as appropriate to celebrate love, no matter what situation you’re in. Make this Valentine’s Day, the best day ever! Thanks for following my journey. If you have Valentine’s Day idea’s that you would like to share, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.