I have spent more years than I can to admit as a single girl living in the big city. While it can be overwhelming to see all of the things geared and marketed to couples, quite often it can feel as if single’s are left out on Valentine’s Day. As a matter of fact there is no holiday where singles can celebrate or where the focus is on being single. (Maybe I should advocate for a National Single’s Day) there may be one already but I have never heard of it.
Many singles dread Valentine’s Day because you get bombarded with couples and all of the things that couples do, the flowers, the candy, the candlelight and romance. No one really thinks or considers what it may be like to be single for Valentine’s day and how these messages geared toward couples effect singles. My message to singles is it that the day can be celebrated just a much by us as it is by couples.
There are many things that you can do as a single woman to celebrate Valentine’s day and I guess the first thing to think of is whether you mind or prefer being out with the couples or if your prefer to stay in. Let’s start with staying in.
A Valentine’s Day spent in the house can be a very enjoyable experience. From catching up on the latest episodes of your favorite TV shows or movies to curling up with a good book or just doing nothing, this can be an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy yourself by yourself. The day could also be spent sleeping in or eating all of your favorite junk foods in your sweats, no rules need apply.
You can also prepare a romantic dinner for yourself, cook your favorite foods (including dessert) and break out the good china, candles and wine glasses. Why not treat yourself and do something special just for you. End the dinner with a nice candlelit bubble bath with a glass of champagne or your favorite wine to end the evening with a smile on your face.
If you decide to go out, Valentine’s Day can also be a day to catch up with your single friends, if you choose not to be alone. Retail therapy, lunch or dinner at your favorite restaurant or a chick flick would be the perfect way to spend a Valentine’s Day. Going out with your single friends helps you to remember that you are not alone and that you don’t have to be lonely.
You may also want to use this day to spend with friends or family. You can spend the day with your parents or grandparents, or if you are a single parent your children. You can join the other couples and head out to one of your favorite restaurants or just go out for a movie. If you do not want to do anything major a simple evening at the local ice cream parlor after dinner can be a great Valentines treat.
And there is no rule that states that you cannot buy flowers or chocolate for yourself. Why not? More than anything else this is a great opportunity to think outside of the box. Do what makes you happy and do not get caught up in the hype that you have to be with someone in order to enjoy Valentine’s Day. More than anything else the day should be one where self love is practiced and promoted and where YOU are the star of the show!
Stay Blessed! Stay Fabulous!