6 Ways To Make This Valentine's Day Life-Changing

 

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
- Father Jerome Cummings

Valentine’s Day is coming closer. Do you love it? Do you dread it? Are you kind of meh about the whole thing?

I’m a longstanding member of club ‘meh’.

Sure, I like chocolates and flowers as much as the next person, but if it isn’t accompanied by something personal and meaningful, it fails to really move me.

But this year I don’t want to (just) be on the receiving end.

I want to share my love for the people around me in a meaningful and creative way.

Life-giving words

Think about a time someone told you why they love you. Not just that they love you. Why they love you. I bet you can remember it clearly. How did it make you feel? 

Now just think, YOU can be that person in someone else’s life too.

Your words can change the way a person sees themselves.

It has the power to change the way their day is going. Think about that for a second.

It might change the unkind things they say to themselves.

Your words can have a huge impact. Don’t waste an opportunity to speak kindness and care into someone’s life.

We often underestimate the power our words can have. I’m sure we all know the crushing effect harsh words can have. But the opposite it also true. Your words can be life giving.

A Galentines Card for Dear Friends

My oldest friend wrote me a letter a long time ago. She has never been one for long intimate conversations about feelings, but she wanted to let me know what our friendship meant to her. Fifteen years later, I still have that letter. Knowing that I made a difference in her life, that I meant so much to another person, that she saw me and appreciated me, was very special.

There is something so beautiful and meaningful about that.

Being seen.

Being really known and still loved, despite everything.

Of course this can happen with a spouse or partner. But is it any less meaningful when it comes from a friend? I don’t believe it is.

Friendships are life defining and important.

They deserve to be celebrated.

That’s why I want to make time this month to write notes to the important women in my life. My friends, my sisters, my mother.

I want them to know that I love them, that I couldn’t do life without them in my corner, that they are a safety net in times of chaos.

Don’t let this Valentine's Day go by without taking the opportunity to speak love into someone’s life.

Make this the year that you do something really, truly special for the people around you who mean so much to you.

Do you need some ideas on what to write in your note? My number one tip is to NOT just write “Happy Valentine’s Day” and then sign your name. You can do better, I promise!

6 Ideas for A Thoughtful Valentines/Galentines Card

Here are some ideas to help you get started.

  • Write down ten reasons you love them.
  • Recount a favourite memory between the two of you.
  • What are your hopes for the future?
  • What makes them so different from other people?
  • Come up with five words that describe them.
  • Inside jokes!

My husband always jokes that his love language is tea. So this year I will be surprising him with a cup of tea in bed, along with a hand painted card.

Inside I want to tell him why he means so much to me, and why sharing my life with him is the best decision I’ve made so far.

A Thoughtful Kit

If you don't have the chance to source materials for some impactful cards, we've put together our February Artisan Craft Kit to be all about card making of the thoughtful kind. You'll find a selection of beautiful papers, high-quality paints and a gorgeous hand-made pastel.  

 

 
Words by Eleanor Krause.
Eleanor Krause
Tags: Crafts & DIY