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14.02.2018- Valentine's Day Vows

Whether you're single, in a relationship or a confirmed cat lady for life, I'm sure the fact that it's Valentine's Day today certainly won't have passed you by. The shops are full of heart-festooned displays, and any foray into Paperchase runs the risk of being absorbed into a sinkhole of card upon card, each inscribed with messages ranging from soppy to seriously sassy. Don't get me wrong, any festivity which puts love above everything else is something to be celebrated (especially at the moment, am I right?!), but I suppose I always tend to grow a little bit weary of how singledom can feel oddly alienating at this time of the year, especially in the face of such crazy commercialisation. 

Keeping up with what you're supposed to be celebrating and when- can be pretty exhausting at the best of times- is it Galentine's or Valentine's?! Can I legitimately buy a card for my cat whilst treating myself to a box of chocolates the size of a small house, directly contravening my Lent plans to abstain from sugar?! Wasn't it just Christmas?! So.many.questions. If I've learnt anything at all over the last year, it's that life really is too short to worry about rules- treat yourself to whatever you want, don't fall into the trap of needing to be validated by one day of the year- or by other people. There's something to be said for self-preservation and self-care, and looking after number one is never something you need to apologise for. Whether it's postponing plans to give yourself an early night, planning a spontaneous getaway, making time for that appointment or dedicating some time to doing something you really love- putting yourself first, and knowing your value without having it ascribed by someone else is a philosophy for life- and perhaps a pertinent thought for today too.

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


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