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Katherine Isabella Moon
Meow, hello there, my name is Katherine, but you can call me Kat; because I basically am a cat. Anyways, I am a 26-year-old, lifestyle blogger, with an INFP-T personality type, from the United States. I love fashion, the color pink, cats, dogs, and spending all my time on my computer. I'm often seen wearing cat ears headbands.
The Kat Life
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Sunday, February 2, 2020

How To Enjoy Valentine's Day When You're Single

Valentine's Day heart and flowers
Photo courtesy of Micheile Henderson on Unsplash

I am going to be 100% honest. I used to be one of those people that despised Valentine's Day and would pretty much dread February 14th. Even though I'm a hopeless romantic and I usually love holidays, I wouldn't even like walking past the aisle of Valentine's Day merchandise at the store. Even with all of the pretty pink items that don't necessarily have to just be for Valentine's Day, I would roll my eyes as I walked by the displays. So why did I hate Valentine's Day so much, you may ask? Well, while this is a little embarrassing to admit as my reason for being such a grump on February 14th, I don't think it's that hard to figure out. I strongly disliked Valentine's Day because, drumroll, I often didn't have a romantic partner on Valentine's Day. I know, shocking, right? That's only like, the #1 reason people who hate Valentine's Day are grumpy on Valentine's Day. Aside from the pressure to buy your partner a flashy gift if you have a romantic partner.

It wasn't until recently that I realized that not only do I not need a romantic partner to be happy, but I also don't need a romantic partner to celebrate love on Valentine's Day. Albeit, different kinds of love, but who says that Valentine's Day only has to be about romantic love?

How to enjoy Valentine's Day when you're single

Turn it into a Galentine's (or PALentine's) Day!

Four friends walking together
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If you're anything like me, your friends are incredibly important to you, and you have a special kind of love for each of them. So why not show your closest friends some love for Valentine's Day, and celebrate your Galentine's? Or perhaps we should say Palentine's, just to be a little more inclusive! As cheesy as the term "Palentine's" may sound. If anyone can think of a better gender-neutral word than Palentine's, please let me know, haha. But as I was saying, Valentine's Day is the holiday of love, and obviously love isn't limited to just romantic love. So why should Valentine's Day be limited to romantic love? 

When I was a child, Valentine's Day was a fun holiday about love and friendship. Some of my fondest memories of elementary school were picking out a box of Valentine's Day cards for my class every year, and choosing my favorite cards for my friends as I'm filling them out, and filling goodie bags with my mom. Who says Valentine's Day can't be about friends, or that your best friend can't be your Valentine, just because you're an adult? The only difference is, now you don't have to give a card to everyone in your class. Or at the office. Unless you want to, that is. Seriously though, celebrating Galentine's or Palentine's Day with your best friend or a few of your closest friends can be just as amazing as spending it with a romantic partner. If not better, let's be honest! If you need a few ideas for what to do for your Palentine's, here are a few fun ideas...

Galentine's Day ideas

By the way, online friends definitely count in terms of who can be your Palentine! Even if you may not physically be able to hang out, you can still send them an e-card and show them appreciation. Perhaps, if your friends live further away, you could FaceTime with each other, share videos to watch together, or play an online game together.

Show yourself some love!

Woman enjoying a box of chocolates
Photo courtesy of Thought Catalog on Unsplash

If you're unable to spend Valentine's Day with your friends, for one reason or another, you can still enjoy Valentine's Day by practicing self-love. But honestly, even if you'll be spending February 14th with friends, or even if you do have a significant other that you'll be spending it with, why not practice a little bit of self-love for Valentine's Day? Or maybe you could practice a lot of self-love. No one ever said you can't pamper yourself for Valentine's Day! Here are just a few ways you could show yourself a little bit of love for Valentine's Day...

Self-love ideas for Valentine's Day

I realize that this is a relatively similar list to my Palentine's list, but it's easy to forget about self-love. Especially on Valentine's Day, when there's an emphasis on romantic love. There have been many years where I'd find myself feeling sad on Valentine's Day because I didn't have a romantic partner, and it seemed that almost everyone else in my life did. I'd often forget that I was enough on my own, and I didn't need another person to "complete" me, and I'd allow negative self-talk to take over my thoughts. And honestly, single or not, self-love is essential for your own happiness. So I strongly encourage you to practice a little bit of self-love this Valentine's Day, whether you're single or not.

Seriously, you don't have to be in a relationship to enjoy Valentine's Day, and to celebrate love. Nor does any expression of love need to be limited to Valentine's Day. But when the spirit is there, you can always celebrate the love you have for your closest friends, or practice a little bit of self-love.

How will you be spending Valentine's Day this year? I'd love to hear about your plans for this year! Will you be spending it with a romantic partner, with friends, or are you flying completely solo? However you're spending it, I hope it's a lovely day for you. And even if it isn't, it's okay. After all, it's only one day out of the year.

How to enjoy Valentine's Day when you're single
Thank you for reading, and I hope the rest of your day is wonderful!
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