11 Reasons To Be Your Own Valentine

11 Reasons To Be Your Own Valentine

You don't need someone else to love you. YOU need to love you.
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Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. This means the chocolate has your stomach rumbling, the jewelry has you fantasizing, and the teddy bears have you snuggly. But Valentine's Day has the connotation that love is just for a day and has to be given by another person. Love begins with loving yourself. So whether you're in a relationship or strutting it single, this Valentine's Day should be about you.

1. You can buy flowers for yourself:

Because no one else knows you love peonies more than orchids or roses.

2. You can dress in the hottest dress and know you look fabulous for you.

Because you should always wear what makes you, not someone else, happy.

3. You don't have to share your chocolate.

Enough said.

4. You can find time to share love with your friends.

Because sometimes we forget to tell them we love them too.

5. You can eat what you want for your Valentine's dinner.

No one can tell you pizza is not fancy enough. If you want pizza, you get that fancy-ass pizza.

6. You don't have to buy expensive lingerie, because you can wear sweats.

So much more comfortable.

7. You can choose a gift you know you'll love.

Because that monogram necklace looks so much better than that dancing stuffed animal singing "Hungry Like a Wolf."

8. You don't have to hear the whining over watching your favorite rom-com.

Yes you know every word to "The Notebook." No, you shouldn't be embarrassed. "It wasn't over. It's still not over."

9. You can have a spa night at home.

You look sexy in that face mask. No one can tell you otherwise.

10. You can have that extra glass (or bottle) of wine without saying something stupid.

There is zero chance you jealously mention some girl in your Instagram picture or say "I love you" too early to yourself.

11. You can make yourself happier than anyone else can.

Because no one knows what stores to shop at, what clothes you look best in, what kind of bra you like to wear, how you like your bath, or how many olives you like in your martini like you do.

Valentine's Day has been made into a holiday about superficial gifts and love for others. But this Valentine's Day, you should show you love yourself more than anyone ever could.

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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14 Things I Did This Season To Cope With My Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is a real thing.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder affects many people. I promise it is a real thing. The Mayo Clinic defines SAD as "A mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year." Mine comes in the dead of winter. So this winter, I wrote down a couple of things that made me feel better.

1. Take a hot shower/bath

All the steam in the bathroom and the heat from the water soothes the soul for real.

2. Get out of bed 

Try and wake up earlier than usual.

3. Buy a happy lamp

They mimic sunlight but without the UV rays.

https://verilux.com/collections/happylight-therapy-lamps-boxes

4. Make your bed everyday

One small accomplishment everyday.

5. Sit in your living room as opposed to your bed room

6. Eat healthier 

7. Do one small thing for yourself everyday

Get a cup of coffee or go for a walk.

8. Exercise 

I hate it as much as the next person but it does help.

9. Go out with friends 

I know sitting at home may be ideal but it's nice to be surrounded by people who love you.

10. When you're sad, let yourself be sad

Cry, listen to sad music, do what you gotta do.

11. Ask for help

Let people know what you're going through. It's ok.

12. Take care of yourself

Put on a facemask. Paint your nails.

13. Write about it

14. Try and plan a trip to a warm place with sun

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