Like many of you, this Valentine’s Day is bittersweet. For me, it’s the first Valentine’s Day in five years where I’m single. Being a romantic at heart, I have always taken pride in this special day. I see it as an opportunity to go beyond what I would normally do when it comes to romancing my significant other. Since I love scrap-booking, it became a tradition to put together a scrapbook of the previous year’s events and special memories. Throughout the year I would save silly things like receipts to trips we took or from a favorite restaurant we went too. I would save anything I could get my hands on just for this special day. It became such a special tradition that my ex naturally expected one every year. This year there will be no scrapbooks. In fact, I am trying very hard to forget the memories from 2011.
Of course it is never easy being single during this time of the year. With the constant reminders from society screaming “Yep, you’re single and alone this Valentine’s Day!” Every channel I turn on a romantic movie is playing or during commercials I would hear the infamous “Every KISS begins with KAY” reminding me that NO you will not be getting fancy jewelry this year. Or my favorite, checking my email everyday only to find advertisements and discounts for flowers, chocolates and Edible Arrangements. Ugh, that last one was my favorite. I actually debated sending myself flowers or maybe an Edible arrangement. But then I reminded myself that a Girl Unlike Any Other doesn’t let one little day get her down. She grabs the day by the balls and makes the best of it with her other single friends of course.
So to make the best of this special day, Gabby and I decided to be each other’s Valentine. You see a Girl Unlike Any Other would never sit home feeling sorry for herself. She would take this day by the balls and make it her own. Why? Because she can and she absolutely should. So Gabby and I decided to do just that. We decided that LOVE is not just for couples it’s for friends too. Especially, those special friends that were there for you after your breakup. So instead of staying home, eating ice cream out of the carton and feeling sorry for ourselves we are going out and celebrating our friendship. We are getting all dolled up and treating ourselves to a fancy dinner at a fancy restaurant because we can and we deserve it. Remember you are the writer of your story. If you choose to believe that Valentine’s Day is only for couples, then that’s what it will be for you and you will be miserable all day. You can choose to see it differently, you can choose to apply it to your life as you see fit. Right now Gabby and I are single so this year Valentine’s Day has a whole another meaning. The meaning of friendship and love.
So ladies, we urge you to get out there and make something of this special day. DO NOT sit home feeling sorry for yourself because you do not have a boyfriend to romance you and buy you special gifts and dinner. You are not alone and guess what?? You can most certainly get all of those things for yourself and you should. So take pride in that. Grab this day by the balls and make it special. Make it a day to remember, make it your special day a day of YOU. Celebrate the love that is in your life right now, the love of family and friendship.
So Happy Valentine’s Day DOLLS!! You’re all beautiful inside and out. Get out there this Valentine’s Day and like I said grab it by the balls because we have those too.
XO Jo & Gabriela – Girls Unlike Any Other
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PS: Since I love scrap-booking so much I decided to create a scrapbook of the most important LOVE of all: family and friends. It’s exciting to take something that I use to love to do for others and finally do it for me. It’s a great lesson actually, never stop doing what you love, even if the reason changes. Still be you and never stop doing the things that make you smile. <3