10 Things To Do If You're Single On Valentine's Day

10 Things To Do If You're Single On Valentine's Day

No significant other? No problem.
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Oh, Valentine’s Day. The time of year when us single people gag at the decorations and cute Instagram posts from couples. A time of year that most of us normally dread. However, just because you do not have a significant other in your life doesn’t mean you need to spend the day on your couch watching Netflix all day! There are still a ton of fun things you can do on this holiday. Here are 10 things you can do on Valentine’s Day, no boyfriend required.

1. Go on a date with your best friends.

Grab your best girlfriends, and go on a girl’s date night! Go watch a movie, go out to eat, or even a picnic in the park! A day spent with your girls can never go wrong.

2. Have a movie night with your siblings.

Have younger siblings, or even older siblings but they aren’t in a relationship either? Plan a night in with them and have a family movie night. Include popcorn, blankets to cuddle in, and of course your pajamas!

3. Give yourself a spa day.

Just want to spend the day with yourself? Treat yourself to a spa day. Go out and buy face masks and spend the day relaxing. Don’t forget to stop by the candy aisle to pick up some chocolate, too!

4. Have a mother/daughter day.

Grab your awesome mother who’s always been your shoulder to cry on when a boy breaks your heart, and take her out for the day. Go get your nails done, go shopping, or try a restaurant that you both have never tried before.

5. Spend the day with your pet.

Take your dog to a dog park and play fetch. Spend the day being lazy with your cat. Whatever pet you prefer, spend the day loving on them! Studies show that pets are 100 percent better than boys, anyways.

6. Go help at an animal shelter.

Don’t have a pet of your own? Go volunteer at your local animal shelter! Most shelters let people come in and play with the animals. What better way to spend February 14th than loving on our furry friends?

7. Volunteer.

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples. Give all that love you have in your heart out by volunteering somewhere. Whether that be at your local food bank, church, or just picking up trash in your local park, giving back is truly rewarding and will have you filled with love and happiness.

8. Go roller skating.

Grab some friends and test your balance with roller skating! There’s sure to be tons of memories made while you and your friends try to stay on your own two feet. Warning, you might laugh until you cry if you or one of your friends ends up falling!

9. Change your hair.

New hair, who this? If you’ve been thinking of trying a new color or cut, now is the time to get it done! Getting a rocking new look can boost your confidence and happiness, so why not?

10. Have a sleepover.

You and your girls want to just stay in? Gather up all your favorite chick flicks and spend the night laughing together, crying together, and bonding together. Make sure to take tons of pictures so you’ll remember this night forever!


No matter what you do on this day, just always remember that you are loved and do not need a significant other to feel that love! Your family and friends will always love you unconditionally, so surround yourself with the people that truly matter to you and remember how blessed you are!


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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun

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To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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