“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain
Love. There are so many elements to that word. There’s familial love, platonic, romantic, etc. The list goes on. You don’t need a significant other to celebrate this holiday. I’m lucky to share my life with tons of fantastic loved ones. I do also have a special significant other who happens to be uniquely amazing. I’m a big believer in having to love yourself before others can love you in return. This only pertains to romantical love. Family love is needed especially in the moments you’re not a big fan of yourself. In the case of romantical, intimate, starry eyed love, however, it is difficult to reveal your true self or get to know another individual if you’re not happy with yourself and love who you are. Some may disagree with me, but I believe being content with yourself changes your thinking and therefor may change who you’re attracted to. So, it’s best to know you deserve the best before entering a union to avoid any mistreatment or unfairness in the future. I’ve seen so many people stay together out of convenience and convince themselves it’s for the right reasons. It saddens me. No one is perfect and we all have a journey so we’re bound to make mistakes along the way. It’s all dandy as long as you get back on the track to happiness. I’ve learned that happiness is a choice. It’s not something that’s going to fall in your lap and stay there forever. It’s hard work and you have to decide to be positive and know that good things come to those that seek them. Yes, I do believe it’s a commercial holiday where you spend unnecessary money trying to show the people you love through materialistic value. There are free and thoughtful ways of expressing love. Here are a few ideas I think are meaningful.
Write a love letter. Whether it’s your mom, boyfriend, best friend or neighbor, everyone loves to know how much they’re appreciated and thought about.
Bake cookies. Hopefully, you can use some ingredients already in your kitchen. Homemade bread, cookies or muffins are thoughtful ways of telling someone you care for them. Bonus points for knowing they’re favorite flavor. Here’s a yummy cupcake recipe.
Create a scrapbook. Putting together momentos of your memories with this person will be a gift that will be treasured for many years to come.
Frame a fun photo of the two of you and get creative by decorating the frame. Here’s an idea.
Pick up the phone. We are all guilty of getting wrapped up in our own stuff that we forget to touch base with our loved ones. I know am guilty of this. Taking a few minutes from your day to check in will make all the difference. Don’t forget to ask about their life.
Prepare an indoor picnic. You can use some crackers and cheese in the kitchen or any other snacks your loved one prefers. Turn on some fun music and chat about memories and reasons why you appreciate them. It’s up to you to spring some cash for wine ;).
Bottom line: Whatever you choose to do, know your audience and plan accordingly. The purpose of this is to have fun coming up with ways to share the love in your heart.
Lots of love,
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