Love is for Everyone, Not Just Couples

Happy Valentine’s Day! I Last week when I posted that I would share my New Year’s Resolutions with you this week, I completely forgot that today would be Valentine’s Day. I do have my resolutions written down and ready to go, but I’m going to save them for next week. Today, I am thinking about Valentine’s Day and love. No, not necessarily romantic love (even though that’s all very well and nice and I am hopelessly in love with my husband). I’m thinking about love in general. Love between a parent and a child. Love between friends. Love for your family. Love for your pets. Love for your job or school. Love for your hobby. Love for your neighbor. Love for other people. Self-love. There are so many ways to love and none of them should be excluded, particularly today.

Valentine’s Day seems to be so over-the-top focused on romantic love, particularly here in the United States. This can be so lonely, which is ridiculous on a day that was somewhat picked at random! I spent plenty of Valentine’s Days as a single lady and I remember feeling how crappy it was – even though I don’t care about the trappings of Valentine’s Day! Seriously, my husband and I are celebrating our 10th Valentine’s Day together and we have never.ever.ever. bought each other anything. Or gone out to dinner. Or done much to commemorate the day. What do we do instead? We order Chinese or Thai food and prepare our taxes. Oh, how romantic!

That said, lots of people do care about Valentine’s Day, but they don’t have a special someone with whom to celebrate, so they’re sad. I get it. I really do. I didn’t care about Valentine’s Day either, but it still made me sad when I didn’t have someone. So today, let’s celebrate love in general!

Here are some little ways to celebrate (that may or may not involve time and money):

  • Bring donuts for your work
  • Go out to lunch with friends
  • Order take-out for yourself or for some friends
  • Go see your parents
  • Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure
  • Take a long bath/shower
  • Take an exercise class that you think is fun
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Buy cheap chocolate at the grocery store
  • Buy discounted flowers the day after at the grocery store
  • Write positive notes on Post-Its and stick them in random places

However you choose to spend Valentine’s Day, I hope you know that you are loved. Whatever else is going on in your life, I love you.

Find something you love as much as Way Pup loves this burger and some way to celebrate that makes you as happy as this burger makes Way Pup (even if it’s really as simple as a burger)

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions (yes, in February)

Hello! Yes, I’ve been MIA for a full month and I apologize for leaving you all hanging with absolutely no word. Towards the end of December, I received some pretty big news and it threw me off my game for all of January. Seriously, I basically went MIA from the internet, including my Facebook, my Instagram, and this blog. Plus, my work schedule has become extra busy as a big project has ramped up…a lot…with me taking on a really big role. You and this little blog have been on my mind every single week though.

Part of why I’ve been absent is because, thanks to the big news, I haven’t been able to think of some good New Year’s Resolutions because a lot of things are out of my control. Namely, the stuff I really care about. I wish there were some good resolutions that could eventually get me where I want to be and there are probably some good resolutions out there that haven’t come to mind yet. However, I promised you all some guidelines for setting New Year’s Resolutions…but I don’t have any of my own. It’s the first full week of February and for the first time since 2011, I haven’t set any resolutions.

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Cheap Gifts: Tasty Treats for the Holidays

The holidays are coming up and you want to give gifts to your friends. The problem is, gifts can get expensive really fast! If you’re already gettings gifts for your parents, 2-3 close friends, grandparents, a couple of siblings, maybe a significant other, then your budget may already be stretched thin. What are you supposed to do for the other people you might want to give gifts to? People like neighbors, work friends, not-so-close family friends who you know you’ll see at that annual holiday party and who you also know will give you something. If you’re also new to living on your own, there’s an expectation that you’ll start giving out more gifts and, chances are, you want to meet those expectations. An easy way to do this is to give food gifts!

Last year’s baked goodies – cranberry almond biscotti dipped in chocolate with silver sprinkles (the sprinkles were left over from a cookie decorating party) and Oreo truffles dipped in chocolate (with leftover sparkle sprinkles)
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Make More Merry This Holiday Season! 2 Guidelines to Make the Holidays Easier and Less Stressful

Welcome to November, my dear readers! The holiday season here in the US officially kicked off yesterday with Halloween and now we’re off for another holiday season! There is so much joy to be had celebrating the holidays with family, friends, and food. Between Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, New Year’s and several more, there is a LOT going on! And, if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get swept up into everything, stressed out, burned out, and desperately counting the days to January 1 when you can start recovering. Just like with everything else in life, getting through the holidays is a skill that anyone can acquire – it just takes some practice. There are 2 main tricks I’ve learned that make everything go much easier:

  1. Guard your mental health
  2. Plan ahead

If this is your first year planning ahead, then good for you for getting started! This year might be a bit rocky as you figure it out, but it gets easier every year. I can’t promise that your holidays will be stress-free (because I don’t think that’s possible), but hopefully by sticking to these 2 tricks, your holiday season will go much smoother.  Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…One Step At A Time

We all have big projects that seem insurmountable and just so big that they get postponed indefinitely. I have them, you have them, we all have them. Sometimes, I have my s*** together and I tackle a project right away, get it done, and cross it off my to-do list. Other times, that project will languish for days, weeks, or even months. When this happens, the project hangs over my head like a dark cloud, sucking my energy.

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