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THE BEST VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT

Okay so I apologize slightly for the clickbait. The perfect Valentine's Day gift isn't Chanel Chance perfume, although I must say if you are looking to buy a gift for a loved one or even yourself, Chance is one of my favorite scents! But we're not going to talk about fragrances or material gifts today, because frankly I'm overwhelmed with all the Valentine's Day gift guides. No, today we're going to talk about self-love.

Valentine's Day is one of those Hallmark holidays that puts pressure on single people and couples alike. Half the population is looking forward to a romantic date with bae while the other half is dreading a reminder of the fact that they are single. But guess what? It all means nothing. It is a huge gift-giving gimmick of an event that has been created to encourage you to spend money on gifts for your loved ones and ice cream for yourself. One day of the year means absolutely nothing about your quality of life, your relationship status, your happiness, or your worth. So stop. 

If you are one of those people looking forward to Valentine's Day like I am, because you enjoy romantic evenings with your significant other, then great! That is awesome and I hope you have a fantastic day with your love. But don't let the pressures of the day dictate how you spend time together. If you can't afford a fancy restaurant and you hate presents, just stay in and make something! And if you happen to love fancy dinners, then by all means go enjoy yourself. But don't worry what anyone thinks about it or what any other couple is posting on social media. There should be no pressure or expectations for how you and your partner spend time together because nobody is in your relationship but the two of you.

If you are one of those people dreading the holiday and have sexy plans to curl up with Ben & Jerry, maybe rethink your evening. I am by no means telling you not to eat the ice cream because that would be a crime, but maybe enjoy that pint with a smile on your face because you don't need a man to be amazing. Rethink picking apart every happy couple you see to make yourself feel better. Let's rejoice in the fact that there is so much love to be celebrated in this world on February 14th and be happy knowing that one day you too will experience it. 

Love yourself. Be yourself. Care for yourself. Don't worry about anybody else but yourself.

I get it, though. Valentine's Day is hard. And if you have a few self-pity moments, then so be it, you're only human. But try not to let one day out of 365 days in this year define your worth. You're freaking awesome, with or without a Valentine. Give the gift of self-love this Valentine's Day. To yourself. Because you damn well deserve it. 

GREYED OUT

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