To you, my beautiful reader, my luxe letter for February 2017. I hope it was a fabulous few weeks for you?
February – the month of love and pancakes – what’s not to love?
I was very lucky to receive a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from my lovely husband. However, I didn’t receive them on Valentine’s Day – they were delivered the week before. When I questioned Dan as to why he got them delivered on a random day, his response was that women expect to receive flowers on Valentine’s Day. Instead of receiving a bouquet when I was expecting it, he wanted the flowers to be delivered on a day when I wasn’t expecting anything. He figured that this would be a nice surprise.
I thought this was quite sweet. It showed that he had put some thought into the gift and what my reaction would be. And he was, of course, right. (Don’t tell him that though!) I wasn’t expecting to have a bouquet of flowers arrive on that day and so I did, as he forecast, have a huge smile on my face. Now I would have also had a delighted smile if they had arrived on 14th February, but it was the sentiment that was so nice and it was indeed a complete surprise.
I adore having fresh flowers in my living room and to have such a beautiful bunch was lovely. I found my new vase in Homesense just in time too – what perfect timing!
When I was single, I used to hate Valentine’s Day with a passion. All of my friends always seemed to be in relationships and everyone around me seemed to be receiving cards and presents and flowers and having a romantic meal together. I found it a little depressing to be by myself.
I used to find it hard to love myself. I used to be very self-critical and nervous of how other people perceived me. Whilst I do still fret about what other people think of me, these days I find it a great deal easier to focus on just being myself. I find I’m able to see my strengths and know what I love about myself and put aside the things I don’t like quite so much. Being a teenager can be hard and growing a little older and wiser can help to lessen self-doubt. If I could go back in time, I would definitely tell my younger self to love me for who I am.
When I was at university and everyone seemed to be starting to settle into relationships, people would say to me that the right person will come along when you least expect it. You have to be truly happy with yourself and enjoy life first, and then they will appear in your life. Hearing this advice being offered over and over again became rather tiresome, but I can honestly say now that they were right.
After ignoring it for so long, I finally I took the advice on board. I decided to become happy with who I was and to enjoy life being by myself, completely forgetting about dating. That’s when my other half, now husband, came along.
I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, no matter who you spent it with. There are so many people who struggle with self confidence and with being alone. If this is you, I hope you can learn to love yourself and enjoy your company. The perfect person for you is out there waiting for you to accomplish this so they can appear in your life at exactly the right moment.
I would like to finish by again saying a big thank you to you all. I thoroughly enjoy writing this blog, and to have so many of you reading along, commenting and engaging with me is so amazing, I can’t thank you all enough. Here’s to a wonderful March for us all.