Contributed by BOM Danielle Stewart
Walk into just about any store during February and you are likely to be bombarded by an absolute barrage of sparkly balloons, fuzzy teddy bears, and armed Cupids. The candy aisle invariably looks as though a unicorn galloped through, vomiting red and pink all over the place. In short, there is no way anyone, anywhere can forget that Valentine’s Day is coming.
For many couples, this brings up feelings of excitement (or nervousness if you haven’t picked out a gift yet). However, when you are single, Valentine’s Day (and the weeks leading up to it) can often serve as a reminder that you are alone. The “love is in the air” feeling that runs rampant through the stores, on TV, and elsewhere can make even the most committed bachelor/bachelorette feel a bit like they have been cast off into the Fringes (2 points for everyone who gets this reference).
Ok, so maybe I am exaggerating. Honestly, Valentine’s Day has never been a huge deal for me. I feel like it’s become a mostly commercial holiday. Besides, if that is is the only day that you show your partner how much you love them, then you’re not doing it right. However, I can still get behind the meaning behind the holiday. It is a day that celebrates love and relationships.
Sometimes we all need that reminder that we are awesome and important to someone.
However, we can’t deny that Valentine’s Day can be a tough holiday for many people to get through if they are single when it rolls around. I think that is something that needs to be remedied. After all, who says that Valentine’s Day is ONLY about romantic love? Personally, I think that it can be a celebration of all types of love: familial, platonic, and self. So here are a few ideas for ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day when you are single.
Valentine’s Day for Singles Idea #1: Hit Up the Spa
Take some time during this holiday to pamper the one person who has been and will always be there for you: yourself. Seriously! Many of us fail to take the time to treat ourselves to something nice and relaxing. Use Valentine’s Day as an occasion to love on yourself by indulging in a day at the spa. Get the works! I’m talking a manicure, pedicure, and a massage. I guarantee that you won’t regret it.
Valentine’s Day for Singles Idea #2: Have a Girls Night Out
Grab all of the other single ladies in your circle and have a night out on the town. No men allowed! Use this time to celebrate friendship, fun (and food).
Valentine’s Day for Singles Idea #3: Spend Time with Family
As a single mom, I give two thumbs up for this one. My son is definitely someone that I love and if Valentine’s Day is all about love, then it absolutely makes sense for me to spend this day with him.
How about you? What do you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Blogger of the Month Danielle Stewart was born and raised in Oklahoma and returned to Oklahoma after spending five years serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a graphic designer who works from home and blogs at Fitness Fashionista about all things fitness and fashion.