Reflections on Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year, Valentine’s Day. A day dedicated to hearts, love, overpriced flowers and “emotions”. Ugh! It’s not that I am an unemotional, Valentine’s Scrooge; it’s just that Valentine’s Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. I believe there is too much hype and too much pressure to show someone you care. Flowers and gifts are overpriced and restaurants are crowded. Let’s not even talk about how those without a special someone must feel. I don’t like that on that designated day, society is pressured into showing love.

So it’s not a big day in my life and never has been. Don’t get me wrong, I have been a participant in both receiving and giving gifts. But gift giving and receiving are not my love languages. I am a quality time person, so maybe that’s why the presents never impressed me. I want to spend time with those that I love. A few Valentine’s Days do stand out. One of my favorites was when my sons were very young. I was working at a bank that involved a 45-minute commute home, so getting dressed up, getting a sitter and going out was too much. My husband and I decided to relax and take the kids to McDonald’s for dinner. I know very romantic. (But there was a playground!).   As I pulled into the parking lot, my husband and sons were standing on the curb, each holding a red rose. My heart melted! That is what Valentine’s Day is to me. Taking those everyday moments and making them special.

How are you going to make Valentine’s Day special this year? If you don’t have a special someone, be your special someone! Make a date night with yourself. Cook your favorite meal or in my case, order a favorite meal. Put on your comfiest or sexiest pajamas and treat yourself to some DIY spa treatments at home. Pamper yourself from head to toe. Maybe a warm bath with candles and a glass of wine. Mary Kay has great masks and scrubs. A current favorite is the TimeWise Repair Revealing Radiance Facial Peel, followed by the Lifting Bio-Cellulose Mask.

The facial peel dissolves the top layer of dead skin, leaving your face feeling smooth and looking bright. The mask adds moisture and lifts. Doing them back-to-back allows the peel to exfoliate so the mask can really get to work. (Not everyone can do both on the same day.) That treatment is at least 30 minutes of spa treatment on my face. While the peel and mask are working, sit back and enjoy the moment, close your eyes and imagine yourself on your dream vacation or get up and dance! Rediscover who you are and how your body can move!! Who needs a date?! Be your best date!

If getting dressed up and going out is your idea of a great Valentine’s evening, great, do it! Create that special look with a dramatic eye or lip color. Did you know that when a woman wears red lipstick, people will look at her longer? According to the Huffington Post, “A 2012 study found that waitresses who wore lipstick got higher tips from men, and scientific research from 2010 found that women wearing red lipstick received the ‘most prolonged gazes’ from men.” Women who wear red lipstick are often seen as more confident and powerful. Do the confidence and power come from wearing the lipstick or does a woman wear red lipstick because she is confident and powerful? Who cares? Wear red lipstick and step into your confidence and power!

I hope that this Valentine’s Day and all of February is amazing! Take time to pamper yourself and appreciate your greatness. Remember, you are one-of-a-kind! Of all the possibilities, God created YOU! So, until next month, keep believing in yourself and keep making choices!

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