Not because I’m single and haven’t been on a date in four years. On the contrary, being single these past four years has been a choice. It’s allowed me to focus on my children, my work, and myself.
It’s been strangely gratifying and liberating and yes, even FUN.
Which is what I feel sad when I see people feeling lonely on Valentine’s Day. This is especially true of young women, because in previous generations, it was common to equate a significant other with a sense of self-worth. But now? In 2012?!
Girls!! The world is your oyster! You can do and be anything you can possibly dream or imagine. You can do it on your own terms, without rules dictated to you by society or family or a spouse. You can choose someone to be a partner, not because you NEED one, but because that particular person adds something special to your world. Something no one else can bring to the table. And you know what?
You can buy your own damn Valentine! Because — and I’m letting you in on a little family motto that I frequently repeat to my children and all the young people in my life –no one can take care of you like you.
Let me say that again; NO ONE CAN TAKE CARE OF YOU LIKE YOU.
You know what you need and when you need it. You are uniquely equipped to care for yourself, be gentle with yourself, be GOOD to yourself, and that’s true whether we’re talking about a box of your favorite chocolates, a cup of tea, a bubble bath, a girl’s night out, a movie curled up in bed with ice cream, an awesome book, a walk in the woods.
Only you really knows what YOU need.
So this Valentines Giveaway is all about YOU loving YOU. As I do every year, I’m going to help get you started by offering up this awesome Be Tempted to Love Yourself Valentine’s Day Prize Pack.
A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS ARC (advance reader copy)
A Victoria’s Secret set with makeup bag, body spray, bath gel, and body lotion in Pure Seduction.
A vanilla candle
A box of Lindt Chocolate truffles (there are some GOOD ones in there!)
A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS bookmark
A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS postcard with message from moi
I hope whoever wins will use these goodies to plan a special day or night just for herself, complete with pampering and no-guilt consuming of chocolate.
You can take a bath, cue up a chick-flick (or an action flick, if you’re like me), paint your nails, and eat chocolate to your heart’s content! And I hope anyone who DOESN’T win will be inspired to do something nice for yourself not just on Valentine’s Day — but anytime you need and want the TLC. Because you deserve it!
And if you’re a dude, you can add this stuff to the already awesome stuff I’m SURE you’re doing for the special woman in your life.
Entering is easy! You get one point for the following;
Leave a comment sharing something you do to take care of you
Post a link to the contest on Twitter (1 entry for each tweet)
Post a link to the contest on Facebook (1 entry for each post)
When you’re done, email your total number of entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Giveaway is open to entrants in the US and Canada and runs now through Sunday, February 12th at Midnight EST.
<3 you guys!