What if you are like many women who are dating, but without a regular sweetie with whom to celebrate Valentine's Day? Perhaps you've been dating around, but there's no one with whom it makes sense to get all lovey-dovey on this, the snuggle fest of holidays. Or maybe you have yet to stick your toe in the dating pool.
The Dating Goddess, author of the Adventures in Delicious Dating After 40 book series has some ideas for you:
- Remind yourself what a terrific catch you are. In her book, Assessing Your Assets: Why You're A Great Catch, the Dating Goddess says, "Make a list of all the things you love and appreciate about you. It's easy to focus on what we don't like about ourselves. But this is the day to be your own valentine. Write yourself a poem. Put on fresh sheets. Buy your favorite flowers. Fix your favorite meal."
- Treat yourself as your valentine. Do for yourself what makes you feel loved. Do something you like to do that you don't do very often: draw a warm bath, play favorite music, light candles and relax. Or order take out, get in your jammies early and snuggle down with a DVD. Or turn up the stereo and dance to your favorite music. Indulge and enjoy what you love to do.
- Take yourself out for the day or evening, but not to places frequented by couples. Is there a new exhibit at the museum you've wanted to see? Been wanting to luxuriate with a massage? Haven't had a facial or pedicure in a while? Pamper yourself just and show yourself some love.
- Meet up with some gal pals for a group pedicure, hike, movie or night on the town. Initiate a group exercise where you all tell each of the others one thing you admire about her. It will feel like a group hug!
- Show your appreciation to loved ones. Send free virtual bouquets from flowers2mail.com along with a note on why you're glad they're in your life. Send an online valentine card. Call to tell someone what a difference they make to you. Most of us don't get enough acknowledgment. You'll be amazed how much love you get back just by sharing some with others.
So don't let it get you down if you don't have a steady beau in your life to shower you with affection. You already have a steady love -- you! Don't take yourself for granted!
The Dating Goddess is dedicated to providing uncommon information, insights and advice for midlife women reentering the dating world. The Dating Goddess is one of the top-ranked sites for dating and has published more than a dozen books about dating in the Adventures in Delicious Dating After 40 book series.