A Guide To Galentine's Day, As Told By Leslie Knope

A Guide To Galentine's Day, As Told By Leslie Knope

It's only the greatest day of the year.
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It's finally February folks and guess what that means--it's almost time for the greatest holiday of the year. What holiday is that you may ask? One that is filled with love, appreciation, and celebration of close relationships.

That's right: GALENTINE'S DAY.

Galentine's Day is all about embracing your fellow fantastic females and showing them what they mean to you. Time to get real: from overcoming everyday prejudice and shattering the glass ceiling to literally making other human beings, women are pretty freakin' amazing.

Wanna join in on the lady-loving fun but aren't really sure how? Look no further: there is no better way to learn than from the resident expert on respecting women, Leslie Knope.

1. First of all, embrace your own ~womanhood~.

In order to respect other women, you BEST be sure to respect yourself. Cut yourself some slack this Galentine's Day--you're working hard and kicking butt.

2. Give yourself a quick pep talk.

It's the perfect day to do the thing you're most afraid of.

3. Remind your fellow ladies of their worth.

Compliments can go a long way when they come from a genuine place.

4. Encourage those in your life who are also ~respecting women~ to keep on keepin' on.

You: "Women are so strong."

Me:

5. Show your ladies that you're there for them no matter what...

Even when they're not expecting it.

6...And that they have a really important place in your life.

Priorities, ladies.

7. Give a quick lesson if need be.

Feminism is difficult for some people to understand. Educate those in denial.

8. While you're at it, break those gender roles!!

Remember, a woman's place is anywhere she wants it to be.

9. Have fun!

After all, it is a celebration.

10. And always remember...


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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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Turning 'I'm Sorry' Into 'Thank You'

A process of self-awareness I think everyone should consider.

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My entire life I've been apologetic.

I use apologies far too often in my daily life. Whether it be to someone holding the door for me even though I'm still ten feet from the door or my interrupting the custodian cleaning my hall's bathroom. From stepping on my friend's toes to bumping into someone in line at Starbucks.

I think as children, we are taught that apologizing for our actions wipes away the consequences from those actions. In past relationships, I have relied on apologies to make myself feel better about how I've made others feel instead of actually using them to improve my actions.

For me, it has just become something ingrained in my personality. I've noticed that it has become a reflex rather than a conscious response. What I've realized recently is that this is something I can change.

Apologies are helpful when mending hurtful or accidental situations, especially when you find yourself in the wrong, but not everything deserves an, "I'm sorry," and using that phrase for every accidental encounter or mistake, in my eyes, lessens its impact.

If we all use, "I'm sorry," for every minor inconvenience we cause, the words become less meaningful.

I have read about this online a lot lately, and it is suggested that instead of apologizing, we should give thanks.

If I'm late for a date with my friends, the old me would've said, "I'm SO sorry, guys!" But the new me will say, "Thank you for waiting for me."

Instead of apologizing to our (wonderful) custodians, I'll say, "Thank you so much for the work you do here every day."

If someone is kind enough to hold the door for me, even though I'm nowhere near it, I won't apologize for inconveniencing them. Instead, I will take the time to appreciate the fact that they were kind enough to do so, despite my distance from the door.

I think that this is a process everyone can benefit from, so long as they are willing to be conscious of their thoughts and the words they speak. By replacing, "I'm sorry," with an expression of gratitude, we can develop a more positive mindset and reserve apologies for situations that deserve them.

We can also use those rare apologies to remind us to improve our actions; if we hurt someone, we don't get to decide that we didn't or invalidate their feelings. We can then meaningfully apologize and allow it to inherently change our behavior.


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