So You're Single On Valentine's Day

So You're Single On Valentine's Day

I wouldn't say I am a professional at this, but I am darn near close.
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If you're reading this it is because you're heading into Valentine's Day single and you're a little unsure about how to handle it. If you aren't single, but you're reading this you, are probably interested in what your single friends do on Valentine's Day. I don't blame you -- I like knowing what my adorable couple friends do on Valentine's Day too.

I just have to make sure my mind is in the right place and that I have an awesome Valentine's day too, so I don't feel so bad about myself. I wouldn't say I am a professional "Single on Valentine's Day" girl, but I'm darn near close to being one.

I'm that friend that my friends tell each other "Poor Haley, she's always single on Valentine's Day. Even if she's in a good relationship or talking to a guy it always turns to poop right before Valentine's Day."

So, without further ado, let's dive into the single lady Valentine's Day to-do list:

1. Indulge just a little...or a lot.

No one is with you to tell you it isn't appropriate to eat a whole tub of ice cream in your bed without pants on. Are your couple friends able to do that? Nope -- they are wearing fancy dresses in a fancy restaurant trying to figure out how to pronounce half the things on the menu.

2. Watch the new 50 Shades

I suggest watching both the first one and the second one. Even though I spend most of the movies with my eyes covered because I am NOT mature enough to handle all that.

3. Figure out what you want out of love

Are you even in a place to date? Are there other things you want to do with your life before you dive into the lovely world of 21st-century dating? Remember why you aren't with your exes, too -- this helps. Clarity is good and there is no better time to clarify your current love situation than Valentine's Day.

4. Feel sad for a second

It's Valentine's Day -- a holiday for couples. It's okay to feel sad. Give yourself the time to be sad. Like Miley said, be strategic about it. Ain't nobody got time to be a hot mess all day long. (I suggest giving yourself "sad time" before you do you makeup.)

5. Work

Because why not? As a server, Valentine's day is prime money making. Make money off other people's happiness so you will be happy too (to an extent, I know). Plus, if you're looking to just "get the day over with" this will speed up the process.

6. Love all the wonderful people in your life

Who really said that Valentine's Day is only for couples or significant others? You might be single, but you have amazing people in your life. Even if they have Valentine's day plans -- shoot them a text and tell them you love them. Or, you could be like me and crash my parents Valentine's Day every year. Surprise Dad, you have two Valentines again this year.

This last note is not really something to do, but more advice. If you are even slightly emotionally unstable on Valentine's Day, I would highly suggest avoiding all social media. You will see nothing other than happy couples. Going along with this, avoid bashing Valentine's Day just because you are single. Even if it is a really hard day for you, someday you will love it.

That's it. You'll make it and you can kiss Valentine's Day goodbye until next year.


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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.

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As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!

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Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.

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Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.

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Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.

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Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

Swim Pool Boy Water Swimming Summer Water Gun

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.

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Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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