It’s that time of year again– if you’re single, it’s the time that you scroll Instagram and feel bad about your love life as you watch your “taken” friends out on dates, getting roses and chocolates delivered to their doorstep… and if you’re “taken” it’s the time of year that you rack your brain for ideas to show your love. If you’re anything like me (and you can ask R), nothing means more to me than a hand written note. To prove this point, if you are ever at my house and in my office, you will see a bulletin board with pretty much 99.9% of the notes people have written to me. I even have a grocery list that R wrote out hanging there, all because there was a cute message at the bottom. Point of sharing this, you don’t have to spend money to make Valentine’s Day special, and you absolutely do not have to spend money to show someone that you love and appreciate them.
Another thing about Valentine’s Day is that it isn’t just for lovers. Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, is a day that you can show your love and appreciation for anybody. I’ll never forget, the year before I met R I was dating this guy, and he was like dating pretty much every other girl on campus as well, and I remember being heartbroken on Valentine’s Day that I wasn’t the one that he chose to spend the day with.. or to even text (sheesh). My girlfriend showed up at my apartment with a coffee mug (a simple way to my heart) filled with dark chocolates (another way to my heart) and a card. I still remember and appreciate this small gesture seven years later.
Fast forward one year on Valentine’s Day– I had been dating R for about 9 months, when four little old men dressed in tuxedos appeared at the front of my college class and asked “who is Grace?” and from there proceeded to serenade me with an old song and delivered chocolate covered strawberries to me. Girls, wait for this guy. Don’t settle. It’s okay to feel sad when the rest of the world (so it seems) appears to be in love and you can’t even get a text (been there)… but, take that time to think about what it actually is that you want in a man and take yourself out on a damn date, you deserve it.
If you do have someone special in your life that you would like to buy a gift for, I have put together a simple guide below with some ideas.
As I said above, don’t feel like you have to spend money to show your love. Pick up a bag of chocolate and write them a note on the back of a napkin telling them that you love and appreciate them. That’s good enough for me!
real love is worth the wait. xo, G