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You Can Be Your own Valentine

It can be tricky to know how to embrace Valentine's Day when you're not part of a couple, but this year I'm hoping you'll be your own valentine, and in a big way. It might feel a little funny at first, but why not give it a try?

To see the plan, Ladies,

Today, send yourself a Valentine's day card in the mail. I'm not kidding! Wait until Wednesday to open it. If you're game for going out next week, call your single friends tonite and make plans together for drinks, dinner or a movie on Valentine's day.

On Thursday, if you'd rather stay in, stock up with magazines or buy a good book. For a great mystery, I like the writers Deborah Crombie, Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes and P.D. James. If it's a movie night, make sure you've got your favorite treats.

For Friday, plan ahead for some kind of body treatment, massage or mani/pedi. Point is, book something physical or tactile for yourself.

Use Saturday to buy yourself a gift; wrap it up; and don't forget to include some chocolate. Make it dark chocolate and you get both the antioxidant benefits and the extra serotonin boost.

Make Sunday the day to buy yourself flowers. Choose something bright and happy. Roses, tulips, gerber daisies, chrysanthemums, and lilies should all thrive nicely for at least seven to ten days.

Monday night is the night to call a good friend and tell them how much they mean to you. Valentine's is the perfect opportunity to show gratitude to any special person in your life.

Let Tuesday be your evening for a good, long shower or bath. Use all your best products. Lounge in bed wearing your favorite pajamas, nightie or birthday suit. It's a stellar TV night, besides! If you're going out tomorrow, play around with what you're going to wear.

And on Valentine's day, try leaving a voicemail for yourself. Really. Say everything that's cool and remarkable about you. Tonight, open your present and your card. Rendezvous with your friends or settle in and appreciate your own, fabulous company!


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