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Valentine’s Day. You either love it or you hate it. These days I’m mostly met with eye rolls when I bring up Valentine’s Day (with gals single or taken!). It can be a difficult day if you’re single or apart from your loved one. It can also be met with disappointment if your significant other doesn’t shower you with gifts (because that’s what society tells us we must do, right?!). This year, whether you’re single or taken, I’d like to challenge you to celebrate yourself this Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Remember, there are so many more types of love than one between you and a partner. The love for your family, your friends, and more importantly for yourself. Someone recently told me their goal for 2018 is to fall in love with herself. That hit me hard. In a society that constantly tells us we need to look a certain way, marry a man and have kids, be successful in our careers, have the perfect house we are often feeling less than. I want to encourage you to love yourself harder this year. Take time in your busy schedule for yourself. Shower yourself with love. If you don’t love yourself, how are other people supposed to? This Valentine’s Day I’m my own Valentine. That’s right, you heard that correct. I’m my own Valentine and I’m about to spoil this girl! I’m taking myself out for a night of wine and painting with some girlfriends, followed by a long bubble bath and a good book. Keep reading for 10 ways you can celebrate yourself this Valentine’s Day!
01. Get a mani/pedi
Grab your mom or your best pal and get your nails done! Nothing like a pampering session to unwind and feel refreshed. Make sure to grab a warm drink beforehand, because mani/pedis are more enjoyable with sustenance.
02. Go on a shopping spree
Forget the overpriced Valentine’s Day gifts. Set a budget and take yourself on a mini shopping spree. That way, you’ll end up with gifts you really want and will actually use!
03. Go see a movie
Anything other than 50 Shades Freed. That movie was a whole new level of horrible. Go with a girlfriend, your mom or better yet go by yourself! Wear comfy clothes and eat lots of popcorn and chocolate. Go early and score the best seat in the theatre.
04. Treat yo’ self to a massage
Yes please. Book yourself a massage and thank me later. It’s a great way to de-stress and feel rejuvenated! I used to get massages on the regular and I think I may need to re-inrtoduce that gift to myself!
05. Wine and Paint Night
This Valentine’s Day, my girlfriends and I are attending a paint night at a local bar! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist to attend! Everyone paints the same panting and an instructor will teach you how to re-create it step by step. Add in a few glasses of wine, you’ll have a blast!
06. Go On A Hike
Get those endorphins going and go on a hike! If you’re a gym rat this is a fun alternative to the gym – you’ll get some fresh air and enjoy the beauty around you!
Nothing feels better than helping others. Check out volunteering opportunities in your area and sign up on Valentine’s Day! You’re guaranteed to leave feeling full of love!
08. Do An Escape Room
If you want to get your blood pumping, sign up for an escape room! What is an escape room? You’re locked in a room with a small group of people and must solve a series of puzzles to get out! It’s a lot less scary than it sounds. It will get your adrenaline going!
0.9 Host A Dance Party With Your Friends
Invite your besties over. Make some sangria. Make a super cheesy 90’s dance playlist. Dance like no one is watching.
10. Binge Watch The Office
When all else fails, binge watch The Office. Seriously, it’s magical. The Office has got me through some of the saddest days of my life. Michael Scott always comes to the rescue. Always.
No matter what you end up doing, remember Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love – and if you don’t have a Valentine – celebrate your damn self! It may just be the best Valentine’s Day yet! 😉 I’d love to know what your plans are this year! Write me in the comments or you can always shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lots of love,