I See You, Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day, my loves! 

Not too long ago I really didn’t like February 14th. At first it was because I had a jaded little soul and then it was because this day is just so much. All the sales, cards, pressure… just woah.

But then, as my frozen heart began to thaw, I realized, slowly but surely, that any day dedicated to showing love is a good day. Yes, my little cynics, you should be able to tell the people you love everyday how much they mean to you. But, especially in turbulent times, one day filled with hearts, flowers and gratitude is a good day in my book.

Personally, I still don’t do a whole lot on Valentines. Several years ago, the husband and I started a Valentines Day tradition of making BLTs, drinking wine and eating fancy pints of ice cream in protest to expensive bouquets, ridiculous cards and crowded restaurants. But then this tradition became a staple in our house: a quiet evening with the person who navigates the rest of this crazy, hectic life.

My point being, Valentines Day doesn’t have to be a big deal in order for it to be meaningful or good. The smallest of actions can make the largest impact. So share a smile, a hug or a high-five with anyone and everyone. And take the time, most importantly, to extend yourself an action of love. For me that means trying a new yoga class this evening. But for you, let it be whatever fills your soul so you can share that love more readily with others.

And lastly, I leave you with a piece of advice from Charles Schulz:

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."