It's that time of year again: the one where Cupid wields his arrow and hearts adorn most greeting card establishments. Where couples start planning for their yearly display of love, and singles either try to ignore the impending celebration of love, or try to meet someone special just in time for the impending celebration of love. That's right, Valentine's Day is just 30 days away, and I'd like to help you all usher in a New Year that focuses on the love you seek, whether it's already in your life, or just around the corner.
For the next 30 days, I plan on giving you, my dear readers, a daily dose of loving things to do for yourself or a romantic partner, where you can increase the love you feel, as well as give freely of what it is you're seeking. For 30 days, we'll explore all different types of romantic gestures, culminating with February 14th's celebration of all things heartfelt. For 30 days we'll also share our experiences with these experiments, in the hopes that we feel more connected to ourselves, our partners, and the love around us. Sound hokey? Maybe. Yet almost everyone I know, including you dear readers, can always use more love in our lives.
And so, Day One! Flowers.
Many couples will exchange flowers for Valentine's Day such as a dozen roses. While a devastatingly romantic gesture (and an expensive one on Valentine's Day!) I suggest starting with flowers today, instead. Not only will it help reduce the dent in your pocketbook, it'll remind you of the beauty that's on it's way with spring just down the road. Some suggestions, applicable to both singles and couples alike:
- Splurge and buy yourself or your partner a lovely bouquet of flowers, ones that really speak to you, and keep them in a prominent place in your home (Buy Direct);
- Make a dried flower sachet;
- Create your own bouquet of flowers using origami;
- Create a special blend of floral-based tea such as hibiscus or rose petal;
- Cook a meal that includes flowers, such as a Frozen Flower Bowl and Fruit Salad, Curried Daylillies, or a Blueberry Lavender Crisp;
- Get some carnations and dye them either your favorite color, or your partner's;
- Learn how to make a flower glow in the dark;
- Get crafty and make some flowers, either with marshmallows, balloons, chocolate, felt, or paper.
What about you? How do you show your love through flowers? Also, what kind of romantic gestures would you like to explore over the next 30 days?