Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of V-Day (probably because I’ve spent a majority of my Valentine’s Days sampling Fannie May chocolates and binge watching cheesy romantic comedies), but this year I’m deciding to celebrate a different kind of love: my adoration for family and friends.
Before I talk about defining love, I want to share some similar dresses like the one pictured above. I bought this in Florida at this time last year and I absolutely adore it. If you want to shop similar styles, click HERE, HERE and HERE.
I feel so honored to have such incredible people in my life who have shown me what love really means. If you didn’t know, my parents were high school sweethearts and they have been a huge part of forming my idea of what love should be. Whenever I’m ranting to my mom about boy drama (which is pretty often actually), she always returns to the theme of falling in love with your best friend. I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately for my future spouse, my dad has set the bar pretty high for what I’m expecting of a man. His devotion to my mom, his appreciation of her quirks, and his selflessness are some of the qualities that helped shape my idea of love.
As we all know, friends are the family we choose. Lucky for me, I’ve got some pretty great ones. When I asked some of my best friends what love means to them, I was really impressed with their responses. My friend Megan described love as that butterfly feeling you get before you see someone, even if you’re wearing sweats and your hair is a mess. Rachel summed it up with some key relationship qualities: sacrifice, dedication and depth. Ashley said that love is putting someone else’s needs before your own and accepting one’s flaws while doing whatever you can to help them grow.
Some of my family members had similar depictions of what love is. One response that really resonated with me came from my mom’s cousin, Kim. She describes love as giving to another person without expecting anything in return. Selflessness and sacrifice are two things that I personally believe are necessary in a successful relationship.
In my opinion, love is the greatest reason we’re all here. Unfortunately, the modern dating scene isn’t really my style. I wish I grew up in my parents’ generation! Whether you’re in love, or searching for it, I’ll leave you with my best advice:
“Don’t curl your hair for any guy who isn’t worth the heat damage.” -Paige Friedrichs
I hope you all enjoy your Valentine’s Day.
With lots of love always,