Last week brought us Valentine's Day - of course you know that, it's pretty impossible to miss!
If you had a wonderful Valentine's Day, I'm so happy for you! If you had a rubbish one, never fear! I've got an idea!
In the spirit of Lewis Carroll, I am proclaiming Un-Valentine's Day!
The most important thing about Un-Valentine's Day, is who your Valentine can be.
Un-Valentine's Day is about your very best friend, your number one, your world, your always there partner:
But when does the reminder come to show ME some love?
Now! Your reminder is coming RIGHT NOW!
I encourage you to pick that one thing you love to do, and set a date with yourself to do it. Remind yourself about what's special about you, why you love you.
Trust me (or dont - do it and then see that I'm right!) - this is a super empowering thing to do. To take yourself out on a date. To treat yourself. Not with buying a new dress or eating chocolate, but with something really special, and experience.
That way, everything else that has to happen will be fitted in around My Day. Or sometimes, My Afternoon.
Half a day is the minimum (that's probably the only strict Un-Valentines Day rule). Because anything less is too easy to postpone, because something "more important" comes up.
The thing I love about Valentine's Day (and, ironically, the first thing V-Day haters criticize) is that it's a set date - it's going to happen on Feb 14th, and you've got to make other plans around it.
And so I bestow that same power to Un-Valentine's Day. PLAN it. SCHEDULE it. Put it in your diary, calendar, phone ... and STICK to it!
My ultimate goal is to have a set date that is my Un-Valentine's Day every year. Again, there's that Planning Queen thing coming out again ;-)
So, what I want us to all do, is plan the most wonderful, romantic, lovely, squee-inducing date. And then take ourselves on it.
What's the one thing you would treat you to if you were dating you? Or, if that sentence just turned your brain inside out - what would be on the answer sheet for the "how to win your heart" exam?
Mine involves a massage, a facial and some reading in the park.
What's yours? Go and put it in your diary right now!
Wishing you sunshine, you ol' romantics ;-)