Thought I would chime in on all the February love and wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! In my own alternative way… this is probably as close as it gets to my Valentine’s look this year. I titled this post Alternative Valentine’s as I have no plans but to get into bed after work and sleep the night away!

However, in more active years I have enjoyed some wonderful solo Valentines. I recall once taking myself to a lovely restaurant in the West End and treating myself to a lovely glass of champagne and some fine Italian food. It was a wonderful experience and spending time on my own really taught me how to value my own company…maybe slightly too much :/ but that’s a topic for another day.

I also like to use the atmosphere of love to show my appreciation for those around me. Growing up, I made sure that I got my mum some flowers every year and treated her to a meal out. My friends and I also used the occasion to show our love for each other – sharing gifts and cards and our favourite chocolates. I’m hopeful that we will continue to cherish one another regardless of the future i.e. Everyone is getting into relationships and getting married !🙃 Anyway.

Another great way to spend Valentines solo is to do something for someone else. If you’re really feeling sorry for yourself and can’t seem to crawl out of your pity bubble then why not try being there for someone who needs you? I spent some time volunteering in local hospitals, nursing homes and hospices and it really does affect the way you perceive things. I really do recommend getting involved in giving back in some way just to keep yourself from falling victim to the ever-increasing vanities of this world.

Of course there are those who have got dates and romance all planed out with their significant others. True love is a wonderful and special thing so do appreciate and celebrate just having it without the pressure of material things or clichés that the world has made it become.

And for the rest of us, I hope we appreciate all the different forms of love in our lives that we are so blessed to experience. Let us enjoy this moment while we can for we never know what tomorrow holds.

And just incase you don’t hear it on the day – I love you! ❤️️ Happy Valentines Day x MC

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