My dear lovers and friends, happy belated Valentine’s Day! I want to take a moment to let you all know how much I appreciate your visits to this little old blog of mine. I adore your comments and am so grateful for the blends I’ve made!
While this Hallmark “holiday” often causes way too much stress and unreasonable expectations, it’s the perfect excuse to show some lovin’ to friends & family…and yourself! Last year I posted a Single Girl’s Guide to Valentine’s Day and it completely still applied to me again yesterday. In all honesty, I opted out of sharing this day with anyone here. And that’s ok! We shouldn’t use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to show some extra love…every day should be filled with gratitude and appreciation.
Yesterday’s plan was simple – I simply focused on myself. My day looked a bit like this:
7:00AM – wake up, whine a bit, realize that today is a work-from-home day and smile in relief
7:10AM – finally get out of bed, make my way to the kitchen, and start prepping a festive breakfast in honor of my singleness and independence…or whatever
8:00AM – breakfast is served! I created these amazing vegan oatmeal-beet breakfast cookies (recipe coming soon)…
…and chased them down with a side of pink frothy coffee
(that pretty pink powder is actually from freeze-dried raspberries!)
9:00AM – 11:00AM – work, snack, repeat (fruit, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and tea)
11:10AM – receive a very special visit…from the exterminator (routine checkup I guess)
11:15AM – 12:15PM – more work, conference calls, and tea
12:15PM – rebel against all norms and decide to eat dessert first before lunch
(chocolate chia pudding topped with strawberries, bananas, and cacao nibs)
1:00PM – 2:00PM – lunch is served!
(baked egg & spinach stuffed pita topped with avocado and turkey breast)
2:00PM – 3:20PM – work work work!
3:20PM – receive a lovely Valentine’s Day text message from a friend
3:20PM – 5:00PM – work, snack (yogurt, banana, popcorn, chocolate), repeat
5:00PM – 6:00PM – sit through an annoyingly long conference call
6:15PM – it’s time to hit the treadmill! 1.5 mile run, 0.5 mile walk
7:00PM – rebel again and treat myself to dessert before dinner
(lemon-cherry and chocolate froyo topped with basically every single piece of chocolate/caramel/candy imaginable)
7:30PM – 8:00PM – attempt to keep a healthy balance with a massive salad for dinner while watching Modern Family
8:00PM – 9:00PM – Olympics and blogging! My life is sooo cool I know, be jealous.
9:12PM – a funny V-Day text comes through
9:30PM – 12:00AM – more Olympics, more blogging
12:03AM – receive a last-minute Valentine’s Day text message greeting from a friend
(I wish this wasn’t just a text message photo, I would’ve loved those chocolates in real life…)
12:30AM – bedtime!
I made it a point to eat something chocolaty with every meal, and clearly it went great. Along with my chocolate challenge (easiest challenge ever), I focused on the positive aspects of my life. Being single does not intimidate or upset me, but Valentine’s Day does have a way of focusing the spotlight on this part of my life in a negative manner.
But for me, Valentine’s Day isn’t quite over yet! I’m flying back to Chicago tomorrow and am bringing back some NYC treats for the fam. I even extended my trip for an extra four days so I could spend a full week with friends and family. It’s been a while since I spent so much time back in Chicago and I’m craving this cure to my minor homesickness.
How did you spend Valentine’s Day?