I have weirdly horrible Valentine’s Day luck, and I can prove it.
Valentine’s Day 2002: Love-of-my-life (aka Sam) gives pink carnation to Megan, and not to me. I die of a broken heart right there, in the 6th grade lunch line.
Valentine’s Day 2004: I get friend-zoned by none other than Sam’s BROTHER.
Valentine’s Day 2006: Salmonella.
Valentine’s Day 2007: Car accident en route to date.
Valentine’s Day 2010: Forced to refuse a delivery of 200 red roses from maniacal ex-boyfriend. Burnt the mac n’ cheese.
Valentine’s Day 2014: I didn’t get the job. Ran off the stress on treadmill for too long, got shin splints.
Valentine’s Day 2015: Boyfriend 2 hours late to date.
Valentine’s Day 2016: I decide no more Valentine’s Day.
Y’all, that’s not even the half of it.
Believe it or not, I’m really not bitter! I just have really, really weird V-Day luck.
I make a pretty convincing case for said weird luck. But you know what? It’s really important to me to not be bitter and sulky every year on February 14th. Because it’s a really special holiday for a lot of people, and I like what it represents.
And you know what else? I’ve found some ways to make sure I smile more often than not on Valentine’s Day, regardless of my luck or my relationship status. Want to join me this year?
I’ve rounded up 5 of my favorite, simple, happy things to do on Valentine’s Day!
1. Make yourself breakfast.
I mean it, friend. Get up a little earlier than usual and make yourself something hella yummy for breakfast. Personally I’m busting out the waffle maker, and I picked up some raspberries and fancy maple syrup at Target on Saturday. If you just don’t cook then try a can of cinnamon rolls, or just grab something from a bakery nearby on your way to work!
Though I will say, cooking yourself breakfast is a surefire way of reminding yourself of this simple truth: You matter.
2. Wear your absolute favorite color.
No worries if it’s not red or pink, you do you. Wearing a flattering color or your favorite item in your closet is the simplest way to give yourself an extra tablespoon of spunk on any day.
3. Go to the bookstore and buy a new book.
Tell me, is there anything better than a brand new book? (Spoiler: No.)
There’s a Barnes & Noble not far from my school, so I know where I’m going on my lunch break. Browse those shelves and grab something brand new, or something you’ve always wanted to read. Either way, make sure it’s something you’re truly excited to dive into If you don’t have anything planned for the evening, curling up with a good book is a great plan.
(Have you read WHO DO YOU LOVE? by Jennifer Weiner? I read it this summer and was glued to that thing for two days straight. Not getting paid to say this. I just feel that you need to know.)
4. Stop and smell the roses!
It’s the dead of winter most everywhere so flower sniffing is a bit out-of-pocket, but there are alternatives! You can buy a cheap bouquet from Target or the like (this is what I do) or just make it a point to admire the bouquets that get delivered to your workplace throughout the day.
Either way, don’t hate the flowers. Love the flowers.
5. Start a new TV Series.
This is the Party of Sarah version of “Watch Your Favorite Rom-Com!”. At any given time I’ve got at least 3 shows on Netflix that I want to start, and even longer list of shows that I need to pick back up on. Now’s a good a time as any to get lost in a new story and meet some new characters. If you’re busy like me, you rarely give yourself the option to spend a whole evening on something like this. Tonight’s the night!
I hope you have the loveliest, happiest Valentine’s Day this year. Whether you’re single or married, heart-broken or in a relationship, or somewhere else entirely, you matter, and you deserve to be happy today. In fact, you deserve to be happy on all days.