As the the middle of February approaches each year, I hear the same remarks without fail.
“Ugh, I’m single again!”
“Valentine’s Day is just an excuse to remind single people that they’ll never find anyone.”
“I hate Valentine’s Day.”
Okay. I need to address this.
Why all the negativity?! I don’t like it at all.
Let’s talk about Valentine’s Day. It’s one of my favorite holidays. I really love it, and I always have. Coincidentally, I’ve only ever had a real “Valentine” once in my life. So no, I don’t love Valentine’s Day because I always have a boyfriend. Quite the opposite.
This is the thing. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. How can anyone not enjoy that?! It’s one day in the year that is entirely dedicated to love, but for some reason, a good chunk of the world responds to this day of love with total hatred and resentment.
Just like any other holiday, I have my annual Valentine’s Day rituals. I deeply cherish my traditions. They make anything special. Traditions give you a way to make new memories while remembering the old. They give you something to look forward to doing in the future, building excitement until it’s finally the day you’ve been waiting for!
Back to the point of this post. Single people should love Valentine’s Day because everyone should love Valentine’s Day. It’s about love. Love is not just about having a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/partner/crush/whatever. It’s just about celebrating anyone you care about. Your best friend. Your mom. Your kitten. A movie. A song. Your favorite food. (Chocolate gets some serious love from me every Valentine’s Day, just saying). I’m serious. Just celebrate anyone/anything you love.
Valentine’s Day isn’t there to remind you of what you don’t have. It’s there to remind you of what you do have – all of the amazing things and people that have blessed your life and given you love. So instead of turning it into a “feeling sorry for yourself because you don’t have a boyfriend” moment and crying on the couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, switch your mindset. Send your best friend flowers. Plan a girls’ night. Have a date night with your cat! Call all of your friends up and cook a yummy dinner and eat chocolate covered strawbs. The possibilities are endless, but turn it into a celebration. There is so much to love about Valentine’s Day. People are generally in a lovey-type-of-mood, there are beautiful flowers everywhere, people get the courage to tell each other how they truly feel, the dessert department is seriously amped up in every restaurant and grocery store, romantic movies go on sale… Need I say more?
So. How do I celebrate Valentine’s Day? Here we go…
- Listen to my throwback Valentine’s Day Jams playlist, featuring classics like “Love” by Matt White, “Dilemma” by Nelly & Kelly Rowland, “Bottle It Up” by Sara Bareilles, and “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat.
- Make people Valentine’s Day mixtapes.
- Send lots of people Valentine’s Day cards.
- Text everyone that I love them.
- Get a cute dress to wear & make myself fabulous with some glam Valentine’s Day inspired makeup.
- Curl my hair & paint my nails pink or red.
- Pull out my crazy chick flick collection & pick one, or five, to dig into. (More on that later.)
- Have a spa night – some green face masks, a bubble bath, and lots of yummy candles.
- Curl up with some fruity tea, my cat, and a captivating book.
- Find a fancy recipe on Pinterest and cook a delightful, huge dinner.
- OR pick a restaurant off of my “Restaurants to Try” list and treat one of my besties to a delicious meal.
- Bake some sweet treats! Cookies, brownies, a cake… I don’t discriminate! Extra points for incorporating pink or red.
- Buy myself some flowers. Because celebrating everyone you love definitely includes celebrating yourself.
What do you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day?! Let me know in the comments! XO