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Celebrating Me

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day was never a big deal to me. Until 2 years ago, when the love of my life proposed to me around this time of year. The proposal was perfect. The ring was perfect. Love was in the air. But, things didn't end up so perfectly. We broke up, and I returned that perfect ring.

A year ago, around Valentine's Day, I was dealing with court proceedings with my ex. Who had stalked, threatened and harassed me for 6 months after we broke up. I was so sad, so lonely and sort of confused about how things ended so horribly.

This Valentine's day started off as no big deal. I'm a teacher, and kids just LOVE this special day. So, I did my normal teacher things to prepare. I bought them Valentine's Day pencils, and I made them cute little cards. Many of my kiddos brought in candies, mugs and cute gifts for me which was so sweet. To encourage healthy eating, I decided to bring in my blender, fruits and milk and make smoothies with my class. We had so much fun. The students LOVED coming up with different fruit combinations to try out. It was a blast! And no one even wanted the candy the had collected from their friends.

I left school feeling so energized and happy. On the drive home, I couldn't help but think about where I was a year ago. I had the urge to have a little date night for myself. I bought myself dinner and enjoyed it at home with a glass of wine, dessert and a Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy. It felt great to enjoy my own company.

Today, I'm still feeling good. I didn't make good food choices last night, and I'm okay with that. BUT - I can't help but think that there were healthier ways for me to commemorate the day. Of course, I could have JUST had a glass of wine, or JUST ordered dinner or JUST had dessert, but...I've always been an all or nothing kind of girl.

So, I thought it would be wise to get a little list going of ways healthy ways to celebrate in the future:

* a bubble bath
* journaling/blogging
* a manicure or pedicure
* trying a new recipe
* visiting a book store and buying a book

How do you celebrate in a healthy way?
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    I love your smoothie idea! What a great role model you are for your kiddos!

    We celebrated with Pretzel Crisps, cheese, fruit, veggies, and dip. Some kids brought in sugary treats which were oohed and aahed over, packaged up and sent home.

    My dh and I don't celebrate Valentine's Day. We feel that one day of forced lovey-dovey-ness doesn't make up for 364 days of no-effort.

    Your celebration of self sounds great. I also like your list of other ideas. But why wait for one day out of the year? Reward your awesomeness on a regular basis. You're worth it!

    Have a great day and keep up the good work! emoticon
    1711 days ago
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