Are you planning on spending this Valentine’s Day alone? Will you be “valentineless” on Valentine’s Day? Well, do NOT fret. Every year, my first tweet on Valentine’s Day is “Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Eat as Much Ice Cream as YOU want Day (w/o feeling guilty)” and it is always the best tweet I make for the day. So, you may be alone on Valentine’s Day but this sure is not a day for a pity party. If you do not have a date on Valentine’s Day, then it may be time to have a special day on Valentine’s Day for YOU. No one knows you better than you, so here are 7 things that you can do if you are alone on Valentine’s Day or without a valentine.
1. Treat your Tummy Well: indulge I am a fan of good food in moderation and nothing calls for good food like a holiday. While you are seeing you friends around you eating chocolates, make sure you are getting your share but that should not be your starting point. Learn to cook something new and start with your favorite delicious breakfast. (Lori from “My Wooden Spoon” has some great recipes on her site; be sure to check them out.) Continue your day by heading out with some co-workers or meeting a family member for a triumphant lunch (you are almost halfway through the day.) Do not worry about the bill. You should figure you are saving money by not having to buy a gift. For dinner, be ready to order your favorite meal as take out to bring home. If you feel brave, stop by after work for a drink (who knows, someone else might be feeling brave too.) Enjoy your food. This day is about you. Make sure your tummy doesn’t feel left out.
2. It’s Not You; It’s Them: Volunteer today! Who says this day is about you? (ohhh wait…maybe I did…but it doesn’t have to be.) This day can be about having a big heart. Whether it is a day for walking a dog from the shelter, visiting a nursing home, or VISITING someone who has LOST his or her valentine within the year, volunteering can do the heart good. Please, do this. It will not only help you think of others, but it will help give you a purpose on a day where everyone seems to be focused on someone else. Those who have lost spouses or those who have loved ones in the military overseas can use some encouragement. Imagine what this day might be like for them.
3. Start the Year Off New: A salon visit could be in order…that is if you are daring enough to be pampered (I know, tough work.) Be bold. Go for that stylish new hairstyle. If you aren’t up for visiting you local salon, go to one where NO ONE KNOWS you and you will get full, complete service from head to toe. If you have a couple girlfriends in the same boat, stop by the beauty store. I hear dying your hair the shade of red is all the rage on Valentine’s Day (just make sure it washes out.) Hanging with some friends and pacing the isles of the beauty supply is great fun.
4. Roll with the Wind: A road trip may be necessary. “Gone with the Wind” is so yesterday and taking a road trip with the wind at your back may be the best idea for the day. Visiting a long lost friend or relative as a surprise might be a nice idea. Remember the saying, “Location, Location, Location”…Well, even out of context, visiting an old “location” or place of memories and realizing how far you have come in life since being young or just visiting a nice location with a beautiful view could hit the spot. If none of these things sound fun, plan a dream vacation for yourself instead of doing nothing on Valentine’s Day. This is a worthy way to look past the day you are in and into a vacation filled with rest, relaxation, and/or adventure.
5. Movie Mania: Make it fun and it will make you remember the “good ol’ days”! Watch a marathon of “Family Ties” or your favorite family series when you were young. Think ahead and plan your entertainment so you are not bored. Order a DVD set and be sure NOT to watch before and peek. Save the DVD’s for a fun day and make that fun day Valentine’s Day.
6. Pursue Your Passion: Dare to dream and “Crush It”! I just got finished reading “Crush It” by Gary Vanderchuk. I was excited to read it and I was even more excited when I was finished. It made me reevaluate my dreams and see if I was ignited for what I was doing in my life or if I was truly happy. It was a short read and it definitely made me think “I am going to accomplish my dreams AND CRUSH IT”!!! I obviously loved the book but if you don’t want to read this book, any book is a great way to escape reality. If you need an escape on Valentine’s Day, a book would be the way to escape.
7: Who Says This is ALL ABOUT YOU: Get a pet or pamper the pet you already have. Take your pet for a drive. Stop at Petsmart and buy something special for your animal friends. Remember, your pet (dog, cat, fish, bird, etc.) ONLY has you and would love a day devoted to just being together with you.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~Ben Williams
I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth
It is important to remember that Love is NEVER wasted. I live by that statement daily as I used to be a foster mom . I love to give love and truly believe that love is spelled T:I:M:E. So, don’t be jealous of the flowers and the chocolates that you may see exchanged on February 14th. You are a person worth loving and today can be your day if it is not your Valentine’s.
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