Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. I actually really enjoy this holiday—Hallmark and heart-shaped boxes of drugstore chocolate aside—because, sappy as it sounds, I can really get behind the idea of celebrating love. Not just romantic love, either—I’m talking about the kind we have for our friends, families and pets, too. Seriously: Some of the most fun Valentine’s Days I’ve spent have been with my friends, and I love whipping up a batch of pink-frosted heart-shaped cookies or cutting hearts out of red construction paper. It’s fun.
And Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to be kind to ourselves, which is something I think we don’t do enough. I have a full schedule today, but I’m taking tomorrow off to get out of town for the weekend and I plan on trying to completely unplug. I’ve lately fallen into the check-my-email-as-soon-as-I-open-my-eyes-in-the-morning trap, so unplugging—and spending time with ACS, of course—is definitely something I consider a self-kindness.
Whatever you do or don’t do, I hope you have a Valentine’s Day that’s filled with love. xoxo
Photo: Julia and Paul Child’s Valentine’s Day card from their time in Plittersdorf on the Rhine.