1. ZORA NEALE HURSTON
After learning more about her, I find myself connected to Hurston. She would walk into a room of strangers, make them feel comfortable by talking and sharing stories, and walk away with new friends. This is a trait I try to possess. One of her friends even said she has the "gift of walking into hearts," thanks to her infectious humor and fiery intellect.
2. EARTHA KITT
If you ask me, no person should be penalized for speaking out against what they don't agree with. Eartha Kitt will always be inspirational to me for her quick witt and opinionated outspokenness.
He had a huge respect for women, and spoke directly to the worth and dignity of black women who are so often smashed down by media and society. He was always described as a person flowing with charisma, and we all know that he spoke truth. I admire that about him, and the fact that he had such a big heart, despite others in the rap game back then who hurt others physically, others including Tupac himself (probably, but that's unconfirmed).
4. RUBY BRIDGES
1. HE'S PRETTY CUTE
2. HE LOVES THE LORD
3. HE MAKES ME LAUGH
4. HE HAS A KIND HEART
5. HIS PASSION FOR WHAT HE LOVES
6. HE SPEAKS MY LOVE LANGUAGE
7. HE SURPRISES ME
8. HE IS GIVING
9. HIS BIG BROWN EYES
10. HOW HE DOES THINGS I WANT TO DO THAT HE DOESN'T LIKE, SOMETIMES
11. HE NEVER MAKES ME DOUBT
12. HE HELPS ME WHEN I'M ANXIOUS
13. HE'S VERY KISSABLE!
14. HE WILL BE A GREAT FATHER ONE DAY
If you're behind on your Valentine's Day shopping, you can still get something for the person you love from my RedBubble store. This store contains the following designs, which you can order on various products from stickers, to shirts, to greeting cards, and beyond!
LOVE WITHOUT LIMITS
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
YOU ARE MY WORLD
BROKEN HEARTS CLUB
HIT ME, CUPID CONVERSATION HEART
I LOVE MUSIC
I once had a friend who didn't like celebrating Valentine's Day. It wasn't because she was single; she had a significant other. The issue she had with the day was that your significant other should always show you the same amount of love every day, and shouldn't wait until V-Day to shower you with love.
While I agree to some extent, I still think the day is special and should be celebrated! Check out why in today's blog post.
LIFE GETS REALLY BUSY!
Spend Valentine's Day with your significant other, or even yourself. We don't always do enough self-care, or spend enough time with our partners. This day is the perfect day to celebrate one another.
IT'S A DAY FOR CHOCOLATE!
YOUR PARTNER DESERVES A SPECIAL DAY!
I may not be single now, but I was single for my entire adult life. I never went on a date until I was in college! With that being said, I know what it's like to see a bunch of happy couples all around you with no one to celebrate with. So, I wanted to give you some ideas on how you can celebrate this Day of Love if you don't have a romantic partner.
TAKE YOURSELF ON A DATE
HAVE A SELF-CARE DAY
HAVE A FRIEND DATE
VOLUNTEER AND MAKE SOMEONE SMILE
Creating or purchasing customized materials is easier and affordable now more than ever. You can find a ton of things like travel mugs, mousepads, clothing, and accessories on shops like Etsy and Redbubble!
THE OUTFIT – CASUAL
THE OUTFIT – DRESSY
Last week, I shared with you a little bit about each love language and how you can celebrate Valentine's Day with a partner who speaks that love language. But today, I wanted to focus on why love languages are so important.
1. HIGHER SATISFACTION IN RELATIONSHIPS
Many misunderstandings happen in relationships because of a lack of attention to love languages. Many women like myself have the love language of Quality Time. When we find our partners spending more time on something irrelevant rather than spending time with us, it can make us feel neglected.
2. DEEPER CONNECTIONS
Why do I fall more in love with my husband when he chooses to do something he isn't fond of to bring me happiness? Similarly, why does the look of passion on my husband's face when he's describing something he loves make me love him even deeper?
3. STRENGTHENS NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
HAVE A HANDS-ON DATE
GIFTS YOU CAN DO TOGETHER
If you give a gift, your partner will likely love it if you give them something you can do together. Maybe it is concert tickets, tickets to the movies, a meal kit, a video game, or something else! There's a ton of things you can buy to do with your significant other!
Speaking for all "quality timers," one thing we cherish the most is our memories. We remember the time we spend together, so nothing would be sweeter than having those memories in pictures or some sort of household item.
I know, for example, you can get pictures printed on things like mugs, canvas, blankets, and more!
Receiving gifts love language holders love receiving gifts from the heart. These are really nicely thought out, or something they've expressed interest in before.
I think that one of my mom's love languages is receiving/giving gifts, mostly because she loves to give gifts to other people, and really appreciates well-thought-out gifts from others.
BUYING THEM SOMETHING YOU KNOW THEY
One year, I really wanted to have a special piece of jewelry I could always wear apart from my wedding ring.
Jonathan and I were at the store together and saw a beautiful opal ring (my birthstone). He bought it for me, and I have almost never taken it off! It feels natural to have it on.
If you see something your partner said they like, or if they told you directly, that would be a great thing to get them for Valentine's Day!
USE A NON-PHYSICAL GIFT TO MAKE SOMETHING THEY'LL LOVE
- Baking something for them
- Cooking something for them
- Sewing something for them, making them a piece of clothing or accessory
- Writing a song, poem, or letter
Be creative and think of way you can use your skills to make your partner something they'll always remember.
MERCH FROM THEIR FAVORITE CREATORS
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Black History Month
Black Lives Matter
Civil Rights Movement
Drive Electric Week
National Women's Day
Old Mother Hubbard
Save A Life
Stop The Bleed
The Ingham Family
The Opinionated One
The Pioneer Woman
Things I Love
What I Learned
Year In Review