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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love Thyself on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is all about love. 

Regardless of marital status, all of us are in a relationship with ourselves. 

And if we are not kind with ourselves and show ourselves the love, how can we show love to others?

Beginning today, Valentine's Day, show yourself the love by celebrating who you are and the joy youbring to others. Cheers to you! 

Here are 10 ideas to try, to pin for later, and to share.

1. Pamper yourself. Score yourself a Groupon and schedule a massage or go for a blow-out. You'll feel fabulous and you'll look like a million bucks. 

2. Go for a pedi and go shopping for some cute flip-flops or sandals. Even if you're up to your eyelashes in snow, like me, a pair of new shoes does the heart good.

3. GNO or GNI. Call your girl friends and schedule a night out or have the ladies over for a night in. Even in blissfully happy and satisfying relationships, a girl needs time with her ladies. 

4. Do yourself a favor...if you're not in a relationship (or even if you are, but don't like to be alone) remember this...

5. Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers or a flowering plant that you can enjoy and will brighten up your home or office. Check out your local supermarket or Trader Joe's for deals on cut bouquets, or your local garden shop for the potted variety.

6. Pajama day. If your stress has been on overdrive, take a day for yourself. Disconnect from social media, snuggle up with a blanket in your favorite pajamas, and binge on Netflix, or your favorite movies or DVR'd programs. Plan ahead and prep your favorite meal. Or better yet, find a great slow cooker recipe and let the crock pot make the magic. 

7. Arts and Crafts with a twist. Make a vision board. Explore your dreams and goals. Then go a step further. Pick one goal and create a step-by-step action plan to achieve it.

8. Explore a new workout. Salsa? Yoga? Aeriel arts? Belly dancing?  Pole dancing? Improv? See what's being offered through community education and don't forget to check Groupon. You may find something you love and you'll be stronger and heart-healthier. Another win-win.

9. Pay it forward. Is there an organization that you believe is doing good work? Pledge to volunteer. Whether it's an hour a week or an hour in total, you both win.

10. Create a Happy play list. What music makes you want to dance whenever you hear it? What songs make you smile when you think of them? Make yourself a play list of these treasured favorites and make it a go-to for when life is getting you down. 

Show yourself a little love. Be kind to yourself. You are worth it. 

Happy Valentine's Day. 


  1. Lovely! Valentine's day is a fun day since grade school up it is a day to love all the ideas you give!

  2. Fun list. I love the photo of the pink peony at the beginning. They will be blooming here again soon and I am very much looking forward to them! If I have time today, I am going to treat myself to a NAP!

  3. A nap is a great idea! Hope your day is grand. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Being kind to ourselves is always a great idea. Hope your day is grand! Thank you for stopping by, Haralee.

  5. I totally had a pajama day and had a movie marathon.

  6. I took a nap! It was good! I haven't done that in a long time, haha! I hope you had a wonderful day Kelly!

  7. I love this! You won't believe this, but I have a post coming up on Wednesday called "Love Yourself." Great minds think alike!

  8. These are such great ideas. Love starts first with self-love...if you love yourself, others will follow.

  9. I loved your post! So well written and a real conversation starter!

  10. Nice! Naps are so underrated. Glad you had a good day!

  11. Thanks, Amanda! You're so have to start with yourself. Otherwise, how can you love anyone else? I hope you had a great day. :-)

  12. Sounds just about perfect! Glad you had a great day!

  13. Thanks! That means a lot. I know it wasn't the best thing I've written but it came from an honest and vulnerable place.