5 Ideas For The Perfect Galentine's Day Celebration
This February, I’m letting romantic love take a backseat and shifting my focus to self-love and encouraging the women in my life to do the same for Galentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I still would love to receive those Valentine’s Day flowers and some dark chocolate (hope my husband is reading!), but I also want to celebrate the love we experience outside of our romantic partnerships, like the love we feel for ourselves and for all the amazing women we’re blessed to have in our lives. That’s why I want to express my gratitude for all the women out there who have supported me along my journey with a special giveaway on Instagram. (Read on to find out what it is!)
This past year, my focus has been so much on embracing self-love and celebrating womanhood, so Galentine’s Day feels very fitting! I made myself a list of ideas and had so much fun planning with my friends. I’m sharing my list so you can plan your perfect Galentine’s Day, whatever that would be for you!
- Go on a weekend getaway with a friend. As a working mom especially, one of the greatest messages of self-love that I can send to myself is by taking some time away for a girl’s trip. It doesn’t have to be far. Even if it’s a nice hotel 15 minutes away for one night, it’s still so relaxing just for the change of pace and scenery. My friends and I love to go to a winery or a yoga retreat, but we also just like taking a weekend to do absolutely nothing at all. Sometimes it’s the simple things like seeing a good movie or window shopping together that feel the most heartwarming. I especially recommend this option to mothers of young children. You deserve some luxury and silence for just one weekend!
- Get dressed up and go to a nice restaurant. Order yourself multiple courses and savour every bite. Linger as long as you’d like over a glass of wine and enjoy this time together to catch up. Sometimes when we see our friends for a coffee date, we don’t have enough time or we don’t get relaxed enough to truly open up about our deepest thoughts, emotions, ambitions. We tend to talk about the daily grind rather than talking about our dreams and our challenges. I find that when we are intentional about slowing down for a long, lingering meal, we tend to share more—and laugh more, too.
- Go to the theater. That ballet your partner doesn’t want to see? Go see it! A Broadway show, a concert, an opera—whatever makes your soul feel alive! If you don’t have a theater buddy, go anyway! It’s not as if you’ll get to talk during the performance, right? There’s something magical about letting yourself experience a live performance without the need to share. It is simply a gift to yourself, a wonderful message of self-love.
- Take the time to be creative. Life is busy, and if you’re anything like me, you probably put off your creative hobbies as you’re already trying to find balance between work and family. I’ll let you in on my secret: I don’t believe balance exists. We’re all just doing the best we can from moment to moment, and it’s constantly changing. There will never be a less busy time, so there will never be a better time than right now. Take that knitting lesson, get back to dance class, dust off that canvas and get painting! Make that time. And for all the mothers out there, please let your children see you take this time to feed your soul, because when you do, you’re setting the very best example for them to make creativity a part of their lives, too.
- Go for a hike. Nature is probably the most healing setting for me when I’m in a state of stress. Turn off your cell phone and let yourself be fully present in nature with no distractions. Find a beautiful spot and take some time to meditate. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, this is one of the best things you can do for yourself!
Don’t those all sound so relaxing? I think a lot of times we forget how necessary these kinds of plans are! It isn’t until we actually do them that we realize, “Wow! This is amazing! I should have done this sooner!” For all the mothers out there especially, it’s easy to feel guilty or even a little nervous. Do it anyway! It does get easier because when you actually go, you realize the world did not fall apart and everyone survived while you lovingly took care of yourself. It’s like hitting a reset button. I know it makes me a better, more patient mother, wife, and business owner!
Now that I’ve helped you plan the perfect Galentine’s Day celebration, what is the best Galentines gift you have received?
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!