Happy Monday and Happy February!

February can be a tough time for many Single ladies.  That of course is because of Valentine’s Day.  The day we recognize romance by, among other things, sending more than 150 million greeting cards.  BTW, that’s second to the number of greetings mailed out for Christmas.  Reminders of V-Day are all around us… from Jared commercials on TV to store windows packed with balloons, flowers and other trinkets.  So it’s easy to feel left out if you don’t have a ‘sweetie-boo’.

It’s worth mentioning that not all Single ladies hate Valentine’s Day.  I am one of those.  I love love. Even the idea of romance make me giddy.  I was up early watching the royal wedding of William and Kate. And my personal Rom-Com collection qualifies me to be a romance movie curator for Netflix.  And then my friends who represent the polar opposite… my friends who wear all black and spend V-day in mourning.

But just because you don’t have a significant other doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate love.  After all, you nor I would not be here if our parents didn’t… um… well, you know what I’m talking about (don’t really want to think about my parents doing the nasty).  So let’s honor that!   Additionally, the love we share on Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be romantic.  I remember this girl in high school showed me a watch her father bought for Valentine’s Day.  I thought that was the sweetest thing and of course wondered when my dad was going to get with this program!!   But I think of that father/daughter moment often, and it reminds me that love is multi-dimensional.

In fact, Ancient Greeks break it down like this: Agape Love, which is the unconditional love we aim to have for our fellow man; Phileo Love is the platonic love that makes us want to be friends with folks; Storge Love is the love we feel for family-what parents naturally feel for their children; and Eros love is responsible for the  passionate and romantic love we feel.  Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman takes it  even further identifying 15 types of love that exist.

With that in mind, why not take all that energy you spend feeling sorry for yourself or bitter about not being in love and use that to spread love to some people that you are grateful to have in your life, and others who could use a little love and tenderness.

And why not give some of that love to yourself.  S&LF is challenging each of you to work on loving yourself better.  In fact, we are declaring February as “Love Yourself Better” month.  Each day this month, join us on our FB and Twitter and post something you love about yourself.   So if you love your legs or make great eggs, we want to hear about it every day this month!

With Much Love,

Jacque, EIC