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Valentine’s Day isn’t what you think it is
Do you know how Valentine’s Day became what it is today? It’s a marketing scheme to get the American public to purchase greeting cards (Hallmark is cashing in serious moolah), chocolate, and roses. You will also see your favorite bloggers shelling out “gift guides” to get you in the spending spirit (Guilty of doing this in the past…but #newyear #newme LOL).
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be that way. You shouldn’t feel obligated to buy a dozen roses or Godiva chocolate. It’s also a holiday that preys on your emotions. It’s that one day a year that makes single people feel like sh*t. Now marketers have come up with “Galentines” which is way to celebrate Valentines with your girlfriends. Cute, but who really cares?
Does Valentine’s Matter?
Even though I’m married and have my forever Valentine, I just call it what it is. It’s a marketing ploy but as long as you are ok with that then just enjoy the holiday at face value. I just use it as an excuse to eat bad food (and by bad I mean really, really delicious plates of carbs).
Don’t let Valentine’s Day make or break you. Don’t put pressure on your significant other to make it some sort of monumental deal or cry at home if you are single. All you are doing is letting this commercial holiday get the best of you. It’s really not that serious, and it’s only going to be as serious as you make it.
How to make Valentine’s Day better
Let’s discuss how to make this Valentine’s Day not such a big deal! If you could care less about Valentine’s then keep it moving! Live your day like your normally would. If you love holidays and want to participate than do so! Include your single friends in the action by writing them a Valentine (it’s cute and thoughtful).
If you have a special someone that you want to do something special for than by all means do that! Just don’t feel pressure to make it the “best Valentine’s ever.” What matters is what you do comes from the heart. Do something creative (and cost effective) like writing a love note, cooking dinner, or cleaning the house. Small acts go a long way (and will get you some serious brownie points).
If you are single. You have two options: sulk in your misery or embrace the day! If you don’t want to be single forever, trust me you won’t. When it’s your time you will find your partner in crime. In the mean time, enjoy this time alone. It really is a great time in your life! I loved learning about myself and felt that I really grew as a person in my single years. Treat yo self this Valentine’s with a massage, bubble bath, a good book, wine and pizza. Celebrate YOU and love YOURSELF!
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