Let's welcome Laura from Applied Glamour! She's guest posting for the day and I'll be back tomorrow. Love, Elle
Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching. What a holiday, right? It's meant to celebrate love of course, but it can often bring out the worst in people. And by people, well, I mean women. Just yesterday I listened to a stranger lament about how she was single on Valentine's Day again. If we're sick of being single and longing for a romantic relationship, this holiday can make the sting of loneliness all the more acute. On the flip side for some women who are taken, their relationship is thrown into a kiln of expectations and pressure, and woe betide the lover who forgets to acknowledge this all-important day.
It's all a bit ridiculous, don't you think? If you're in love, why wait till February 14th to be extra romantic? And why let some silly date on the calendar make you feel bad and inadequate? This year, why not do something different?
As Carrie Bradshaw famously said at the end of Sex and the City, "The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself." Isn't that the truth? Whether you're single or taken, let this be the year that you celebrate self love. Treat yourself to something awesome. Do things that make you feel pampered. Spend time doing what you love. Get a little decadent because you deserve it!
For me this means buying myself flowers and fancy chocolates, running a scathingly hot Lush bubble bath, and watching Marie Antoinette while soaking luxuriously and eating my fancy chocolate. For you it could mean taking a long scenic drive and shouting song lyrics with your playlist at top volume, all wild and carefree. It could mean surrounding yourself with beauty at an art museum, then working on your own creative project. It could mean taking time for some yoga and quiet meditation, or throwing a crazy sweaty dance party of one. It could mean finally purchasing that frivolous thing you've had your eye on for ages.
However you choose to celebrate, know that you are amazing, lovely, capable, and strong. You are beautiful, intelligent, talented, and deserving of wonderful things. Make this Valentine's Day this year that you celebrate you. Do what brings you joy and ecstatic happiness, whatever it may be. And then get really crazy and do that at least once a month, because once a year just isn't nearly enough!
So tell me: what are your favorite ways indulge, pamper, and treat yourself? How will you be spending February 14th?
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