February 12, 2015

Galentine's Day! (and how to celebrate it)

As much as I really hate winter, I can't deny that some pretty great things happen in February. And Galentine's Day has to be one of my absolute favorite parts of the shortest month of the year. People always have something to say about Valentine's Day, good or bad, (And to be totally honest, it gets on my nerves. I can't help but roll my eyes dramatically when someone complains about the good ole day of love.) but I don't think anyone can argue with Galentine's Day. If you haven't watched the video above by now, then take a pause and click play.

Parks & Recreation has literally got to be one of my favorite TV shows (series finale is in two weeks, and I'm literally dying), and literally every character is my spirit animal. I can literally relate to everybody from Leslie to Ron to April to Donna. LITERALLY, Y'ALL! And because the show just speaks to me, I've naturally adopted some aspects from it to my own life. Galentine's Day is one of those things. Because it's wonderful, and it should be a national holiday.

So today, I've decided to give y'all some ideas for celebrating your lady friends. You've got 24 hours to call up your best girls and plan something special to recognize just how perfect your friendship is. I know I already sent my Quad (shoutout to Becca, Kayla, and Lauren) some little goodies through the USPS to let them know that I love them so.

+ Go to brunch! Like Leslie and all her lady friends, go to brunch! This is the most genuine way to celebrate February 13. But I know that Galentine's Day is on Friday this year, so for those of you who have real jobs, this might not be possible. However, if you're living the flexible college/young adult-still-looking-for-a-career (aka me) life, then brunch is your best option. There are few things better than a group of lady friends sharing gossip over eggs benedict and mimosas.

+ Wine night! If you can't do brunch (because hello, you're a strong, independent woman with a real job who can take care of business [who run the world? girls.]), then wine night is your next best bet. And the great thing about wine night is you can do it out on the town or in the comfort of your own home. It's perfect for extroverts and introverts alike! So once you and all your girls clock out at 5, meet up with your wine and get to celebrating.

+ Manis and pedis! Celebrating girlfriends is just not complete without pampering yourselves. Text your ladies and meet up at the nail salon to treat yo self! Added bonus, the mani/pedi comes with a complimentary massage because of the massage chairs! Could life get much better than a fresh coat of paint on your nails with your girls by your side? The answer is no.

+ Snail mail goodies! This is the option I'm going with this year. If you're separated by distance from your besties, a little something from the mailman is the perfect way to show your friends how much you love them (and miss them!). I found the best Galentine's Day cards on Etsy and also sent along a little surprise from the ever reliable Bath & Body Works. 

+ Texts or phone calls! Last but not least, if a planned event or gifts just aren't in your Galentine's Day forecast for this year, you can always send a simple text or Facebook message or call your girls while running errands to wish them the happiest of Galentine's Days. It won't cost a dime, and I'm sure your lady friends would be tickled pink to know that you love them. I know a text saying "Happy Galentine's Day! Go get yourself a Starbucks because you deserve it!" would totally make my day.

I think celebrating girlfriends is of utmost importance. In a day where all of us women are striving for beauty, trying to live up to the highest standards, and have about a million different things going on at the same time (hello, stress!), we've got to lift each other up and let our girls know that life is better just because they're our friends. Whether you're single, have a boyfriend, or have been married for 50 years, your girlfriends are there to love you for always and forever no matter what. If that's not worth celebrating, I don't know what is! 

Happy Galentine's Day!

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