14 Things to Do for a Solo Valentine’s Day

It’s the most romantic time of the year. Kind of. Unless you’re single, in which case you’re expected to be in a picket line outside of Hallmark. Or downing vodka a la Bridget Jones. Or both! (As a total aside– anyone seen It’s A Wonderful Life? Remember when George finds out Mary has become an “old maid” who never married and she works at the library? And as soon as he learns this information, the horror music begins to play? Hilarious. I guess being single was as good as being dead in the 1940s.)

Even now that I am attached I don’t care much for Valentine’s Day, and this year I’m spending it alone anyway because my boyfriend works outside of NYC during the week. This got me thinking about making the most of a solo Valentine’s Day–  I think I’ll be doing #4, #5, and #9 for sure. #13…maybe not so much.

  1. Curl up with a book: Some of my recent favorites have been Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Bossypants by Tina Fey, and I could re-read the Harry Potter Series for the rest of my life.
  2. Go see a movie (yes, alone!): Going to the movies alone is totally underrated. When you go to the movies alone, you have a totally different experience. You get fully immersed in the story, because you don’t have to react alongside anyone else. The last one I saw alone was Jackie– gotta love Natalie Portman.
  3. Stay home and see a movie: If you don’t want to brave the theater alone, or maybe you just don’t feel like leaving the house, Netflix is streaming some great movies right now. Microwave some popcorn and have at it.
  4. Write to the elderly: Love For the Elderly is an amazing charity that asks volunteers to take a few minutes to write a letter to senior citizens living in nursing facilities–if you’re feeling a little lonely today, grab a pen and connect to someone.
  5. Order up some Seamless: I know I’ve been on the No-Seamless Diet, but who wants to cook on Valentine’s Day? Thai food, here we come.
  6. Binge watch a show: Do you have a show that you’ve been meaning to start? (Mine is The Crown. Dying to see it!) No time like the present.
  7. Get a pedicure: In NYC nail salons are a dime a dozen, but this time splurge on a nice, luxurious pedicure at a real spa. Bonus points if you attend a spa with some sort of petal-infused water.
  8. Go for a decadent desert: People will not stop talking about this place that sells edible cookie dough and it looks bomb.
  9. Call up an old friend: If you’re like me, you have friends living all over the country and you probably don’t connect as much as you should. Call one of them up today and catch up.
  10. Exercise: Get your heart pumping with some cardio; spinning, kickboxing, jazzercise… whatever floats your boat.
  11. Indulge in a beauty buy: I’ve been lusting over this cranberry turmeric face mask from Kiehl’s ever since I got a sample a couple weeks ago. Might make it official today!
  12. Donate to a charity: It’s a well-known fact that giving to charity makes you feel warm and fuzzy, so pick one of your faves and give $14 in honor of 2/14.
  13. Do your taxes: Ok, hear me out on this one. If you just take the 30 minutes to do your taxes, you’ll maybe get a windfall of a tax return coming your way– and that can pay for your movies, your Kiehl’s, your pedicure, and desert!
  14. Do absolutely nothing: According to some Zen masters, this is an art form. Become an artist and bask in the glory of a having no obligations.


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