Love is one of the few things in this life that is free. Completely free. Yes, FREE, party people. There is no need to sell a kidney to celebrate love when there are so many fun and FREE things you can do with your favourite person/people this Valentine's Day.
When Mark and I got married, nearly 20 years ago now (Yep, we were both 9...), my beautiful Mum gave me a piece of white paper (among other finery and treats) containing a handwritten and well-thought-out list of free things to do in and around the city we were living. A go-to list for the newlyweds of places to see and things to do and all without spending a cent. A reminder that a good time doesn't have to cost a lot of money or more often than not, any money at all!
In the spirit of free love, here's our TOP 5 when it comes to celebrating love any day of the year:
1. WRITE A LOVE LETTER
Grab yourself a blank sheet of paper, a pen and take some time to write your loved one a letter. In an age of texting and email, a handwritten letter is precious and like receiving gold. Don't be afraid to be courageous and generous with your words. Let love rule.
2. GIVE THE GIFT OF FOOD
Bake, make and create! Take that signature dish you love to make and wow your favourite with some flavour they can savour.
No explanation needed but if you STILL need convincing, Dr Mercola's 8 Health Benefits of Kissing might just twist your arm.
4. THINK OF SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST A LOVER & GIVE THEM A CALL
Days like Valentine's Day can be a nightmare for those who have lost a lover and are missing them more than ever. A phone call or simply a text to let them know you are thinking of them can make their day just that little bit easier. Often we feel nervous reaching out because we don't know what to say or we think bringing up the loved one in conversation would be too painful. Krista Tippett's OnBeing podcast, Resilience After Imaginable Loss shares practical ways to care best for people who have lost loved ones. It's an eye opening, practical and deeply moving listen.
5. TAKE A LONG WALK IN NATURE
Don those comfy shoes and take your favourite/s on a long, mediatative walk somewhere peaceful and beautiful. Without a time limit, you'll be free to stop along the way and really take in your surrounds. Consider leaving your phone behind for a truly freeing, unplugged experience.
Enjoy love beautiful people!
To love & adventure,
Image: Ian H Lee