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Celebrating the life of the single
Don't make Valentine's Day one for moping - find ways to treasure and create love in your life
By CAROLYN McTIGHE, Special to QMI Agency
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Leave work a bit early, order takeout, and watch a great movie. Whatever makes you happy, do it. (Shutterstock)

    Valentine's Day is the only holiday that is entirely dedicated to the idea of being in love. It is a holiday that honours the passion and amorous feelings couples share with one another, and is typically celebrated with lavish gifts and intimate dinners.

    But what do you do when Valentine's Day rolls around and you're single? Since it's a holiday for couples, should singles celebrate it or boycott the day all together? Erin Lazzarrino, a recently divorced Edmonton mother of two, admits that Valentine's Day is not a holiday she is looking forward to.

    "When I was married Valentine's Day was special," she says. "My ex-husband and I would usually go out for a special dinner without the kids. Now I'm by myself and the idea of having to go through the holiday alone is a bit of a bummer. If it weren't for my two girls I'd probably stay in bed all day long with the sheets pulled up over me head. Unfortunately I can't do that, so instead of being sad about being single I'm going to make it a special day for me and my kids."

    Though not everyone will be in a relationship this Valentine's Day, there is no reason why singles can't celebrate and honour love in their own special way. Here are a few "single-minded" ideas to make the most of this Cupid-inspired holiday.

    Treat Yourself


    Indulge in something you've always thought of doing or buy yourself something you've always wanted. Since the holiday is about love, why not love yourself first? Leave work a bit early, order takeout, and watch a great movie. Whatever makes you happy, do it.

    Take on a Project

    If you're like most of us, there is always an excuse for not getting things done. Whether you keep putting off going to the gym or writing that letter to your great aunt, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to get those sidelined tasks completed. Use the day as a jumping off point to tackle things you've been putting off since the new year.

    Find Passion

    In honour of love, why not find something new to fall in love with (and no, we don't mean the first person you lay eyes on today)? Push yourself to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. If you've always wanted to learn how to cook, then take a class. Make Valentine's Day the start of a new passion in your life and one that won't leave the toilet seat up or ask you if it looks fat in a particular outfit.

    Give a Little Love

    Just because you didn't get hit with Cupid's arrow this year doesn't mean you can't give love to someone else. Volunteer at a local charity or find a way to give back to your community. Love and kindness are contagious, so pass them on.

    Throw a Party

    Get your friends and family together and hold a V-Day party. Decorate your home with pink and red balloons, serve love-inspired foods, and watch a few romantic comedies to top off the night. Make it a celebration that is less about romance and more about friendship and family - no one ever said there was anything wrong with being in love with love!

    This story was posted on Tue, February 8, 2011

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