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Why I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a day where many singles like myself get the amazing opportunity to doom scroll through all of the smiling and seemingly happy couples while eating tear-filled ice cream (note the sarcasm).
The one time I celebrated Valentine’s Day with my now-ex-boyfriend, I got the same glass rose my mother got me. Did he know that? No. Did I appreciate the effort? Sure, but Valentine’s Day adds nothing to a relationship other than unrealistic expectations of forced love and spending money I don’t have.
As someone who spends so much time prioritizing other people and daily responsibilities, I will take this day to splurge on myself—an ANTI-Valentine’s Day, if you will. Valentine’s Day is over-commercialized and business-oriented, but then again, so is every other holiday. When my wallet is starving but I want to pamper myself, I buy small or find as many things that I can that are FREE-99.
Here are five things that I plan to do this Anti-Valentine’s Day, and maybe you can do them as well.
I follow a few accounts on Instagram that give me inspiration for scrapbooking. The part I like most about scrapbooking is collecting quotes and adding an aesthetic to that specific quote page. I have a few highlighters, pens, and markers—nothing too fancy. My go-to aesthetic is minimalist with pops of color, patterns, and doodles. It takes time to get out of my head because I am a perfectionist and like to plan ahead of time. However, I make it a point to just jump right in with scrapbooking and let the creative energy flow.
Journal and stationery inspiration
Mini Spa day
For my spa day, I start off with a long, hot shower. I use peppermint soap to make sure I get fresh and clean. Once my skin is softened, I begin my shaving process: exfoliate with a loofah and a homemade sugar scrub then shave. The next step is to, of course, moisturize with the best things out there (for my skin): SHEA BUTTER! Once I put on fresh undies and clean clothes, it’s time to get in bed.
If I need to wash my hair, depending on how gunky it is, I would start with a deep conditioner that is packed with proteins to strengthen my hair. I’d wash the conditioner out with peppermint shampoo because it helps with my dandruff (If you haven’t noticed, I love peppermint). Then, I would use a leave-in conditioner and put my hair in a protective style that I can sleep in and easily wrap.
Netflix and Chill (by myself, of course)
I just bought a new friend who I am thinking of naming Rain because, based on the reviews, she’ll make me wet. XD
Cook myself a nice meal
I’m in college. I am not cooking for myself. I’ll probably eat the rest of my tear-stained ice cream or heat up some DoorDash that I already ordered because my stomach overruled my wallet. Some go-to snacks that I will never get tired of are a good ol’ Honeycrisp apple, celery with peanut butter, mild cheddar cheese, and Club crackers.
Call someone (that I’m not attracted to)
When I finally wake up from a food coma, I will call my friends to see what they’re up to and invite them over to my dorm to actually watch a movie. Calling up an ex is not the healthiest thing to do, especially for those of us who aren’t on the best of terms with our exes. I wouldn’t judge you if you were to call your crush though. They might be able to put you in another kind of coma. ;)
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