Sunday, January 31, 2021

Life, Love & Relationships: 10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Butterflies, if you love romance this is for you. Valentine's Day it's one of my favorite holidays because it’s overflowing with positivity, I enjoy seeing people be loved and appreciated. I was thinking of a few different ways to celebrate the day without sticking to the usual routine or over spending, here are a few unconventional ways to celebrate Valentine's Day...

1.) Keep It Simple - I actually follow this method when it comes to most holidays and pretty much every aspect of life, especially since switching to a minimalist lifestyle. A lot of times we get so wrapped up in making grand plans and buying expensive gifts that we don't really get to just be in the moment and enjoy what's going on around us. If you don't have money for an expensive gift, don't stress over it and definitely don't go into debt over it. Instead, be in the moment and find a simple way to express your love, like simply telling your love that you love them and all the reasons why.

2.) Gift Something Thoughtful - For most, the go to Valentine's Day gifts are cards, stuffed animals,  roses, chocolates and jewelry. Instead, put the money you would have spent on gifts into your savings account and make your significant other a heartfelt handmade gift which I'm sure they'll appreciate even more. Write your love a letter or a poem, make their favorite meal or dessert or create a picture collage of fun times you've shared. Back when cds were popular (omg I feel so old 🙁) I used to make my love mix cds of songs that reminded me of him/us or moments we shared.

3.) Get Sweaty - No, not in the raunchy way although that's not a bad idea either lol. Starting the day with cardio is a great way to wake your brain/body up and get you ready to take on the day. So grab your significant other by the hand and go for a morning walk, run, or jog. If running isn't your thing, do some early spring cleaning with your love and try to de-clutter your space as much as possible. Your mind, body and soul will thank you.

4.) Treat Yourself - If you've read some of my other post, you’ve probably noticed I say that a lot and it's because I'm a firm believer in self love, there's no other love like it. How can you love anyone else if you don't even love yourself? Use Valentine's Day as a day to love on yourself, go get pampered, eat something you've been depriving yourself of, buy that thing you've been wanting to get for yourself but instead you’ve been faithful to your budget or treat yourself to a weekend getaway to somewhere on your travel goal list.

5.) Make a Five Plan - Planning is a good way to set goals for yourself and/or your relationship. A five year plan is basically making a list of things you want to do or accomplish and giving yourself a deadline. This will help you discover what's really important to you or your significant other and keep you focused on achieving your life goals.

6.) Try Something New - Unless you have some sort of Valentine's Day tradition, I say skip dinner and a movie because let's be honest, you could probably do that any time. Instead, try something different like a cooking, painting or pottery class. Trying something new while making memories is often cooler than doing the usual routine. Groupon is a good place to start when looking for something new to do.

7.) Make Your Move - If you and your partner are sexually active and your partner is usually the one that initiates sex, try taking charge and seduce your lover. One of my go to relationship intimacy books was written by an associate of mine some years ago; Alphabet Gumbo is an A-Z guide to keeping your relationship going strong.

8) Shop for Sexy Time Supplies - Speaking of making your move, when was the last time you went shopping for sex toys? Admittedly, it’s kind of super cliche to go to a sex shop on Valentine’s Day so stay in and shop online instead. Just like Butterfly LifeStyle, the natural personal moisturizer and lubricant brand Chiavaye believes in making sexual health not x-rated, but actually about health. Chiavaye’s 6 all-natural ingredients are familiar and easy to pronounce with none of those big chemical names you don't recognize. Also CostumeSuperCenter has some sexy lingerie costumes that are great for role playing if you really want to spice things up.

9) Discover Your Love Language - There’s a website that lets you take a love language quiz based on the bestseller book The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman. I recently took the quiz and discovered my primary love language is quality time. Secondary with a tie is words of affirmation and receiving gifts. Open a bottle of wine, sit back relax and take the quiz with your partner and prepare to learn something new about each other.

10) Read a Book or Watch a Movie - What better day is there to over indulge in cliched rom-coms and cheesy romance novels? Light a candle, order take-out or cook something simple and spend the day cuddle up with your love laughing at how unrealistic rom-coms and romance novels are. If that’s not appealing to you, try reading romantic poetry.

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