Valentine’s Day can be a touchy subject to some people. It is one of those holidays that you either love or hate. Up until now, I’ve always been one of those who hate the holiday. I always thought of it as more of a “Single Awareness Day”, as clique as it may sound. Every year when Valentine’s Day came around, it just seemed like a reminder of something I didn’t have. It reminded me of past loves that failed.
This year, I am choosing to look at Valentine’s Day with a different meaning. It is suppose to be a day full of love, right? Who says you can’t celebrate it if you’re not in a relationship? Today, I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day all on my own.
I’m celebrating my journey to self love.
For those that are flying solo this Valentine’s Day, I invite you to join me in celebrating yourself today. After all, it is the most important type of love of all.
Below are ways that I’m choosing to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year:
Making a list of all the things I love about myself.
We can often be our own worse critic. Today, I’m taking the time out to be loving to myself and acknowledge the things I do well and the things I love about myself. At first it may be difficult, but if you dig deep, I know you can find things you appreciate and even love about yourself too.
Taking the time to rest and play.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been the go-go-go type. I constantly strive to be doing something productive, getting things done. Today, I’m giving my body and mind time to rest. I refuse to let myself feel guilty about it. For me, this means getting a pedicure or taking a warm bath. For you, it might include reading, catching up on Netflix or taking yourself out to dinner. Make sure to take time to enjoy yourself and your life!
Eating dessert first!
In a future blog post, you’ll read about my new journey to discovering taking care of my health. However, I believe moderation is key to most things. Some days you want to work out and some days you just want a cupcake, am I right? Today, I will be eating the cupcake first. As I learn the way to loving and appreciating myself, I think it’s important to splurge a little and let myself enjoy the things I love – guilt free. Don’t beat yourself up about indulging today!
Remembering a relationship will come when I’m ready.
This is one of the most important ways of all for me to celebrate today. it is so easy to beat yourself up for not finding the one yet or not making a previous relationship last, especially today. However, I am choosing to be kind to myself. I am choosing to remind myself that a relationship will come when it’s the right time. While I’m on this brand new journey of finding love for myself, it’s best for a relationship to wait. After all, if you don’t love yourself first, you can’t expect anyone else to fully love you either.
Today doesn’t have to be a negative day. You don’t have to be sad every time you pass the big bouquets of flowers in the store today! We all have a reason to celebrate today, no matter if we’re in a relationship or flying solo. We get to celebrate the love we’re sending to ourselves and those we care about. Love is everywhere, not only in the form of a relationship. Instead of being sad or angry about today, let’s choose spread love.