Sitting at home alone with a dozen roses is not something youwant to brag about but then again maybe it is.
Roses are red, violets are blue, I’ll make the most of flyingsolo… how about you?
Darling ol’ Valentine’sDay, where the sky turns pink and the ground turns red. Or maybe I just slippedon a thousand confetti hearts and got tangled in a bundle of a billionballoons. Dolled up and disoriented, Ididn’t get pulled off the pavement by Prince Charming. He was too busy winingand dining on the patio, French kissing over French baguettes. But before I getcynical, I have to admit, being single on Valentines Day is pretty sweet.
Imean, think about it, you can eat the ENITRE box of chocolates, you can drinkthe ENTIRE bottle of wine, and you save an awful lot of money. In fact, TheNational Retail Federation predicts that on average, we each spend at least$142 dollars celebrating the holiday. That’s $19 billion a year. Crazy! Soinstead of sobbing over soggy leftovers or stale sweethearts, take the day asan opportunity to celebrate yourself, the whole 142-more-dollars-in-her-pocketself. To keep your pumps peddling down the pastel sidewalks this Valentine’sDay with confidence, joy and self-love, slip some of these single-servingto-dos in your schedule.
Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday so chances are you may not have the day off already, so think about taking the day off andspend the morning sleeping in! The best part about single-life is you don’t have to share yourbig comfy bed with anyone! Stretch into a starfish and get some extra sheetprints on your cheek! Who cares? You don’t need to impress anyone whenyou wake up. Drool, dream, roll over and do it again! Then, when you wake up,make your favorite breakfast and a delicious cup of Joe.
But design your plateas if you were at a restaurant! Cut your strawberries into hearts by slicingthem vertically and forming the stem side into the top of the heart. Slice upan orange and add it as décor to a glass of OJ. Toast some hearty wheat bread,dice up some fresh veggies and shower them over a scramble! Turn on yourfavorite tunes, maybe a throw-back or some soothing jazz and savor the flavorsand sounds! Next, it’s time to dress up.YES, for yourself! Put on your favorite outfit that makes you feel like aqueen, style your hair and powder your nose. You, girlfriend, are going on adate with your single fabulous self.
Buy yourself a dozen redroses or whatever flowers you like best! Pick up a Hallmark card and write itout to yourself! This is a greatopportunity to reflect on all of the wonderful qualities you love about themost important person in your world , YOU! Use the same gratitude andkindness in your words as you would to a family member, friend or significantother. Lick the envelope, seal it up and leave a red-lipped kiss stain on thefront. You aren’t allowed to open it until later!
Take yourself shopping, tothe park, a movie, a walk on the beach (if you are lucky enough to live inSoCal weather) or a stroll in the snow. Doall of the things you really enjoy today and don’t feel guilty about it onebit! End the evening at a new restaurant and order the most delectabledish! Lay your roses on the other end of the table and open up your card duringdessert! You are the sweetest Valentine any girl could ask for and you deserveall your love! Happy Valentine’s Day!
- Elana Kluner