Valentine’s Day, or Galentine’s Day? Either way, today is your one week warning. I’ve always had fluctuating feelings about Valentine’s Day, and lately it has me thinking: what’s the point? Not because I don’t love love, or think that relationships don’t deserve a designated date of celebration, it just feels a little showy to me. And I’ve always been one to go against the grind, so you can catch me eating takeout in my pajamas, on this holiday that promotes getting dressed up and hitting the town.
However, there’s something to be said about embracing Valentine’s Day and all that accompanies it. For instance: as my birthday is in February, I’m already obsessed with all the pink + red, hearts, and of course- chocolate. February 14th, to me, is just another opportunity to wear, eat, drink, and be surrounded by some of my favorite things! No real complaints. I’ve always felt like there are so many cliches surrounding the day and how it’s meant to be spent, so I wanted to share some less conventional (yet just as fun) ways to celebrate the day of looooove.1. A day trip. Instead of overpaying for a sub-par meal in an overcrowded restaurant (because society says you should), why not convert that cash to gas and snacks. Spend a few hours on the road with the one you love. Bonus points for swapping sappy “this is why I love you’s” to each other as a way to pass time.
2. Play chef. Speaking of those average restaurant outings: why not skip them entirely?! Spend some time browsing Pinterest; he picks the meal, you pick the dessert, and you both spend time in the kitchen, cooking together. (Extra awesome because you can get away with wearing your pj’s and don’t have to deal with those annoying crowds.)
3. Get to know yourself/ each other better. In a relationship or not, studying Love Languages will give you a leg-up in life. If you haven’t taken the quiz yet, there isn’t a day more perfect than V-day to do so. I’m due for a re-test, because I think mine has changed in the last few months.
4. Show love to someone else/ in need. Maybe to you and your significant other, every day feels like Valentine’s Day 😉 In this case, February 14th should be your day of rest. Take the love you two have cultivated, and do something outside the bubble of your relationship. This looks different for everyone, but maybe you mutually decide that instead of buying overpriced flowers, you’ll donate the money to a cause close to your hearts.There are so many different ways to show love, and I hope this post reminded you of that! Every relationship is unique, and we should always spend time celebrating that truth. I’m sure you can think of one very specific reason your significant other/ loved ones stole your heart, so be sure to remind them of that on Valentine’s Day (and the other 364 days of the year)!What do you guys have planned in honor of Valentine’s Day? Is it a holiday worth celebrating to you?!
Love you all – thanks for stopping by! xo