Why Hate Valentine’s Day?

It’s that time of year again, when the entire world is split into three camps: the lovers, the haters and those who couldn’t care less. Despite the day’s focus on romance, there seems to be a huge amount of bitterness and hostility between the lovers and haters of Valentine’s Day, and I’ve never understood why. Personally, I love Valentine’s Day – I don’t go out of my way to plan something special every year, nor do I buy or expect expensive gifts and gestures. I just really like the idea of a holiday that’s sole focus is romance.

Matthew and I are both thrifty (well, you have to be when you’re a poor student) romantics at heart, so Valentine’s Day has never been a chore for us. Last year, we made a huge blanket fort, watched films and slept in the living room. It was memorable, cute as hell and it meant we could spend the whole night being totally together. Sure, we could have done that any other day of the year too, but our blanket fort felt like a great idea for Valentine’s Day. This year, we’re making our own pizzas, having a glass of wine and watching a film – for us, that’s perfect.

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The busy parents, unhappy singletons and those who are struggling either physically or mentally, simply can’t and/or don’t want to celebrate, and of course I understand that. However, there are also some popular yet trivial problems that people tend to have with Valentine’s Day, and although I recognise them, I really do not understand them.

I love my partner every single day of the year, not just on Valentine’s Day:

Of course, me too! But, I also don’t see any harm in saying “Happy Valentine’s Day!” instead of “Morning!” when I wake up – either way, Matt still gets a kiss and a cuddle.

You can’t celebrate when you’re single:

Sure you can. Go see your mum or your grandma and, if you have some money, buy them a bunch of flowers. Celebrate with your single friends. Why not just have a night in, with your favourite food and favourite film? Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, not just romantic love. Celebrate familial love, friendship and self-love.

It’s a day for couples to rub their relationships in other people’s faces:

Definitely not. If love, or seeing love in others, bothers you then you’re clearly going through some hardship that you need to take control of. If you’re not and simply seeing happy couples genuinely bothers you, you have issues and your hate should not be projected onto the happiness of others. That’s your problem, sort it out.

It’s just another money grabbing holiday:

Yep, probably, but who is making you spend money? Romance isn’t expensive gifts and extravagant date nights. It can be a homemade meals, or making your own Valentine’s Day cards. Self-love doesn’t have to be expensive either. No need for fancy spas: run yourself a bubble bath and paint your toe nails.

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There’s no need to hate Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t celebrate, you have to admit, it’s a pretty cute idea. Love is in the air today, so don’t shoot it down.

What do you think of Valentine’s Day?

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How Spring Will Improve My Blog

Now that we’re coming to the end of March, there’s no doubt that spring is well and truly here. The shops are full of festival gear and the parks are brimming with flowers. I even saw a bee today!

In the winter, there’s nothing more I want to do than cuddle up under a blanket and do nothing, but all that cosiness isn’t exactly great for my blog – whilst I’m snug as a bug, I’m not writing blog posts! All motivation goes down the drain… Because of that, I am so glad spring is here.

Not only will it’s arrival have a positive impact on my mood – let’s face it, every Brit is glad to see the back of that crap winter we just had – the season also brings with it a handful of reasons why it could improve my blog.

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Reasons why spring will improve my blog:

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1. Lighter nights means more time for blog photos: Clear, sharp, light images are such an important addition to a post. I love these light nights! Natural light is the best.

2. Better weather for trips out and about: More days out definitely means more “My Day in Photos” posts! My fingers won’t fall off from the cold during my little photography excursions either.

3. Brighter mornings will lead to productive days:  I’m pretty much forced awake by the sun in the spring, but at least there’s a guaranteed surge of motivation. Being up earlier means there’s way more time in the day to get stuff done.

4. Lots of wild flowers and flowers in shops: This means there’s lots of flowers for blog photography props!

5. It’s sunnier: For me, sunny means happy. When I’m enjoying myself and smiling, my writing is more natural and I think that’s going to make such a difference. 🙂

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Related: Reasons To Love Spring

Do you think spring will improve your own blog?

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