Why I love Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest Hallmark Holidays of the year.  I don’t know the stats, but my guess is most of the employees in the card, flower, fancy restaurant and chocolate industry are overbooked and overwhelmed.

I know in the running industry that’s how I feel during marathon and track season

To be honest, Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite Holidays.  Not because I expect a plethora of things, or want to participate in the “let’s show off our love via social media contest”. 


Valentines Day is a time to celebrate love. 

Whether it’s love for….

…a significant other

…your family and friends

…a pet

and most importantly:

Love for yourself

As a 20 something-year-old, I can tell you I didn’t always love myself.  In college,  I put a lot more pressure on myself. I wanted to the be absolute best I could be and wouldn’t give myself credit for achieving the small things.  I didn’t appreciate things about myself that looking back I wish I would have!  Not just in sports but in life as well.

Valentines Day is a beautiful celebration of love.  It starts with love and appreciation for yourself.  

Here are a few ways to embrace and love yourself:

  1. Show gratitude for who you are now. As humans, we are always growing and learning more about ourselves.  We are striving to do better and to be better.  Take time to reflect on where you are now and how far you have come.  Never discount the small achievements.
  2. Do something daily that makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming but do something each day that you know will make you happy.  Is that reading a few blogs?  Is that painting your fails?  Is it running?  Make sure to make a little bit of time for just you each day.
  3. Give yourself a fair chance. If you believe you will fail, you will.  Believe in yourself.  It’s that simple.
  4. Distance yourself from things that make you unhappy. That could be things, people or activities but if you are constantly around things that are making you miserable, you cannot love and appreciate yourself.
  5. Believe in yourself. If there is one thing you can do to love yourself, it’s believe in yourself.  If you don’t believe in yourself, who else will?  Confidence is key.

Valentines Day doesn’t have to be a celebration of giving or receiving gifts.  It’s a celebration of love whether it is loving yourself, your family and friends or significant other.

We all have someone to love, and it starts with ourselves.

Question for you: How do you love yourself? 


  1. I’m with you! I know people love to hate on Valentine’s day but personally I think it’s a fun holiday! It’s an excuse to appreciate someone you love, even if it’s just a friend or yourself!

  2. I agree with all of this! I think that making time for the things you enjoy are so important. Even if it’s an hour of relaxing and reading, something as simple as that puts me in the best mood.

  3. I like how you made this post about love instead of couples. There’s so much more to love besides the kind of love you celebrate with your significant other. A lot of my friends (even ones who are “taken”) celebrated “gal-entines day” by doing a girls night, things like that… or you can celebrate with family.

  4. Really nice post. It is my favorite holiday, probably because I really like the little things, and I LOVE surprising people with little treats and cards.
    Hope you had a great day with loved ones!

  5. Yay for a post that’s pro-Valentines day! I feel like everyone is a love hater so it’s nice to see someone who likes the holiday 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  6. I’ve never really understood why people hate on Valentine’s so much. I know it’s Hallmark and can put a lot of pressure on people in relationships, but it can also be super fun and sweet. And I love how you brought attention to the relationships we have with ourselves — that’s the most important one!

  7. Yay, we here in SWFL are pro-Valentines Day! We had a great day celebrating and hope you did as well. Happy (day after) Valentines Day!

  8. I think you already know how I feel about Valentine’s Day but I absolutely LOVE this post and how you really should think about loving yourself first. As crazy runner’s we can be especially hard on ourselves and live and die by one race. This is a perfect time to gain perspective and give yourself a giant hug!!! Thanks Hollie!

  9. Aww, love this. I’ve never thought about it vday that way. I love myself by giving myself time to workout everyday. That’s my happy place. Thanks for making me realize that!

  10. oh i so second distance yourself from things that make you unhappy. there comes a time when you just dont have the emotional time to be unhappy. ive had a to cut a friend because of the toxic nature of the friendship and i am much happier because of it. now if we could only make traveling much less expensive and my world would be made!

  11. Hollieeeeee! I love this so much, you little firecracker! Being in your 20s and knowing the shit you do about loving yourself is such a gift. I hope you know that. I know so many 40+ year-olds that don’t have a clue about loving themselves. Thank you for your honesty and wisdom. xo

  12. Oh Hollie, I laughed so hard at the “let’s show off our love on social media.” So freaking true! Since I quit my job last fall due to stress and health reasons, I have been really focusing on myself…mostly in terms of good self care, positive self talk and the like. Great reminders that you shared in this post!

  13. Such a great post!! It is so nice to see someone who actually likes Valentines Day… I feel like a lot of people don’t really like it. And your reason for liking it is amazing. Self love is so important. I think the biggest way I show myself love is by taking the time to take care of my body each day by making healthy meals and exercising and indulging in the occasional skinny vanilla latte. 🙂

  14. Honestly Vday came and went for me and I didn’t think twice about it. I love myself every day by doing things that make me happy on a daily basis! But I’m so with you — loving yourself comes first. Then you can be your best for others 🙂

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