Ah, Valentine’s Day… The one day of the year for loved up couples to show each other how much they care by buying overpriced gifts and joining countless other couples in busy restaurants.
Hmmm…. I’m not really a fan. Although I do remember once having a basket of 12 red roses delivered to my doorstep well before sunrise by a boyfriend who diverted from his newspaper route to drop them off – ahh to be 18 again.
But I digress!
To be honest, I think that relationships require daily action, not 1 day out of 365. And if Valentine’s Day is the only day that you are shown how much you mean then I think you need to take a good hard look at the rest of the year.
So, as I am on my own this year for the first time since my teens, I have decided to be my own Valentine and set myself up for 365 days of self-love and appreciation.
My plan is to do something nice for myself every single day for the next 365 days. A tall order you may think, but it’s all about being grateful for what I already have and adding in little treats along the way – rather than buying a new pair of shoes every week (although I am sure I could manage that if I had to!).
Some of my treats include:
- taking time to call a friend who I really love talking to
- going out to lunch with my soul sisters (we really need to do that more often!!)
- going to bed a little earlier and reading a great book
- making a special meal just for myself
- working from a coffee shop instead of from home
- buying myself flowers
- reading my lovely client testimonials
- looking through old photo albums
The treats don’t have to be big or expensive, but it’s the daily action of remembering that I am important and loved that is.
So, whether you are spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other or your significant self, make sure you think about what you can do to look after yourself for the next 365 days as well. Because love and happiness have to start from within…