Hi, me again with another "OMG, Let me tell you why Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday!" post. I know, I'm obsessed with this holiday. But I'm a firm believer that if we all showed a little more love and a little less hate, the world would be a better place. It's really easy to hate Valentine's Day, especially if you're single or in a long distance relationship. But I don't think the love that Valentine's Day is about should necessarily only be about your significant other. To me, Valentine's Day is about loving everyone around you - family, friends (#Galentines), co-workers, and your community. If you're interested in spreading the love this Valentine's Day, here are some easy ideas!
Make handmade Valentine cards. I did this at work a few years ago, and it was a hit and a half! They don't have to be anything fancy - I wrote on cardstock, folded it in half, wrote the name in a metallic Sharpie, and then tied it with tulle. If crafting just isn't your thing, store bought is a good option, as well! Check out these fun Minion valentines or these that come with mustache lollipops!
Bake cookies. I used to randomly bake cookies for my co-workers, and you would have thought that I hung the moon. If you have a specialty or a yummy baked good that everyone is always begging you to make, Valentine's Day is the perfect day to surprise everyone with it! Other places to consider dropping off cookies would be your local fire department or even a fraternity house. (My friend Mal and I did this once in college when no one bought our cupcakes at a sorority bake sale... We were quite popular that night!) If anyone wanted to drop off these champagne and raspberry cupcakes or strawberry chocolate chip cookies, you would be my new favorite.
Volunteer. I talked about this in my Valentine's Day on a Budget post. I can't think of a better reason to show a little extra love to your community. What are your talents and what pulls at your heartstrings? If you love puppies, volunteer at your local animal shelter. Do you love graphic design? Partner with an organization in your community to make a few graphics to refresh their Facebook page. I will never forget my first Valentine's Day in the post-grad world. The owner of a local floral shop had suffered a stroke about a week before the holiday, and they had no idea how they were going to get deliveries taken care of. Members of our community paired up for three hour delivery shifts. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. This Valentine's Day, if you see a need in your community, fill it!
Perform a random act of kindness. The other three items on this list are great examples of random acts of kindness. Pay for someone's breakfast or cup of coffee in a drive thru line. Offer to drop off dinner or grocery shop for someone you know that's recovering from surgery or just had a baby. Give a genuine compliment. Do something nice for someone, and don't tell a soul.
What are your views on Valentine's Day? Do you celebrate everyone that you love? Just your significant other? There's no right or wrong answer! Let me know in the comments :)
Happy Wednesday, y'all!