So you find yourself single this Valentine’s Day, you could sit home in your bathrobe with a half gallon of Turkey Hill ice cream and watch marathon after marathon of yesteryear’s shows on Netflix with your cat or dog like you did last year, or you can wake up like it’s just a typical Tuesday and decide to make the most out of the day. Here’s a list of 10 things that’ll make you forget all about this multi-billion dollar cash cow of a sudo-holiday and remember you’re a rock star no matter what.
Wake up early and go down to the yoga studio you pass by frequently and say, ‘I’m going to stop in one day’ and actually stop in. It’ll stretch you out and open up some of the negative blockers you have holding you back. If anything, you’ll feel more lighter. If yoga isn’t your thing, then put on your running shoes and get out there and start moving. What happened to the NYE resolution about getting in shape that you forgot about the second week of January? This is your second chance. You don’t have to run, just walk at a fast pace, tap on some music and get warmed up. It’s a new day, it’s a new you again.
Now that you’ve broken a sweat, its time to grab a light breakfast/brunch. This can be a tricky one since you may be running into couples feeding each other crepes while sitting on one side of the booth like high school freshman with their first crush. You want something healthy after your little work out so fast food is out of the question. You don’t want to cook on your very best day, that’s what we’ll call this from here on out. Find a local coffee shop or a Starbucks if nothing local is close enough and order yourself your favorite beverage and a pastry or sandwich. Ask the barista what kind of specials they are offering. Find a quiet table and read the news, whether it be the physical paper you found on another table or the news app you have on your phone. My only suggestion would be to stay off of Facebook. You don’t need to know who’s getting the chocolates and diamonds, there’s always tomorrow to get the scoop. Remember this day is all about you.
Not that you’ve burned some calories, ate some calories, time to go home and shower and put something pretty on cause you’re going to go see an afternoon matinee. There’s all this talk about the next Shades of Grey saga, but you don’t need a date to see it. You can still take notes and use them later once you’ve nabbed yourself a cutie. If a movie doesn’t work for you, then go get a massage. This is another circumstance where you might run into ‘that’ couple drooling over each other while waiting for there couples massage. It’s okay though, you’ve got enough games on that iPhone of yours to keep busy till it’s your turn. Once you get in the room, relax, just let the stress melt away as you get rubbed down.
Lets say you had a significant other this year, how much money do you think you would spend on them between presents, food, drinks, possible hotel room? I think its time to take that money and head to the mall. What was that one thing you’ve had your eye on for some time but just haven’t found the reason to splurge on it? Well, today’s the day. Go get that new tech gadget, or that Hermés bag (if you got it like that). Not looking for something new? Maybe go get a spray tan and a new color and cut. Find some way to pamper yourself. You work hard, you deserve this.
By now you’re flashing around something new and you’re feeling pretty good. It’s getting late in the afternoon and your thinking about dinner but there isn’t a table open anywhere you want to go. What should you do? Grocery shop! Quickly get on the internet and find a recipe, nothing big or to fancy. It’s only for you but make it a little special, since this is your very best day.
Time to cook your sudo gourmet meal. Get everything prepared and get to business. Don’t forget your cooking for one so keep that in mind when you are measuring. Once everything is cooking, get out a nice plate, a wine glass and a couple taper candles to put on your table. Put a little effort in it, make it look nice. If you have linen napkins, today would be a great day to use one. Find that bottle of wine you’ve been holding onto and pop it open, pour a little in your glass and sip while you finish getting everything together. Take some selfies, hashtag, #bestdayever
Time to sit down and enjoy the meal you’ve just cooked from scratch. Pop on some music, light the candles. Take it all in. You don’t need some holiday telling you being single is some kind of illness or you have some void in your life. Look back on your day while you eat, you wouldn’t have been able to pamper yourself like this if you had to worry about someone else. And lets be honest, no one knows how to pamper you like you.
Now you’ve just eaten dinner, your full, your probably on your second (third?) glass of wine, call it a night or go get some desert? Call an Uber and go to that a fancy hotel or a local bakery in your neighborhood. Jump in the shower and change into a dashing evening outfit.
If you choose the hotel route, sit at the bar, order a bourbon or scotch on the rocks. Order a decadent dessert, something you wouldn’t eat on a normal basis. Engage with the bartender, flirt with a neighbor at the bar. Have fun. Be a mystery.
On the way home tell the driver some crazy made up story how you almost fought a drag queen who looked just like Beyoncé because she called your purse a knockoff or how you were mistaken for some famous actor. Add a lot of detail and make the driver believe it. When you get home, drink some extra water and reflect on your day, you don’t need a partner to have an amazing day.