The day of love is quickly approaching as evidenced by the red, pink and white Sweetheart Candies, the baby cupid and heart décor and the generous amount of red displays as if someone drank cherry Kool-Aid and vomited over the shelf (haha, I know, cute image).
As a child, I loved Valentine’s Day because there would be a class party, valentine cards and candy galore! Every year my dad bought boxes of chocolates for my mother, sister and me. Needless to say, I felt special. Furthermore, even though cinema portrayed Valentine’s as a day for romantic love, I viewed it as a day to share love with anyone. However, as I grew older that perception of Valentine’s slipped from me. On the years when I had no beau to celebrate with, I felt lonely or even embarrassed when I was asked about my (nonexistent) plans. Thus, I understand the single people’s plight on Valentine’s Day. Where do you fit in as a single person? Must you have a date? Are you lame if you don’t have anyone to go out with?
If you have found yourself wondering the same things, then I am here to encourage and maybe inspire you with a few Valentine’s Day ideas you can do alone or with another person.
- Make a Self-Love Jar – On small pieces of paper write the things you love about yourself, words of affirmation or your favorite quotes. My friends and I made jars last year and I open mine when I want to gift myself a smile. Bonus: If you’re crafty, you can decorate your jar.
- Bake Goodies – Is there a dessert recipe you have dreamt about trying? Put your artistic energy to use by baking and decorating a scrumptious dessert.
- Write Your Parents or Children a Love Note – Take time to acknowledge the special people in your life. Bonus: Hand make the card.
- Treat Yo’self or a Loved One – Treat yourself to whatever makes you feel fancy and fabulous! My suggestions: dinner, new outfit, plants, skincare, haircare or toys. Bonus: Thrift or recycle amongst your circle.
Grab a Friend Ideas
- Make a Best Friend Date – Have a night on the town with your bestie. Treat yourselves to lunch, massages or dinner and a movie. Bonus: Buy flowers or chocolates for your friend.
- Workout – Get moving! Take your friend for a walk or check out a Zumba class. Bonus: if you’re feeling extra creative, try your hand at choregraphing a dance routine.
- Throw a Galentine’s Party – Grab your girls and guys, host a potluck and play all the games you enjoy.
- Schedule a Photoshoot – When was the last time you had professional pictures taken with your loved ones? Schedule a love theme photoshoot with your family or friends. Bonus: You can spice it up with some sultry photos.
If all else fails, you can always call your ex. Sike!
I hope you find these ideas useful. Most importantly, may you reframe Valentine’s Day into a day where you show yourself and others love. The world will never get its fill of love…so spread it!
What other ideas would you add to this list? Please let me know your plans in the comments.
Happy Valentine’s Day!