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Valentine’s Day for You

For those not into chocolates, roses and champagne on 14 Feb, this post could be for you. My son always says to me, “I love me.” So, I thought it was high time we stopped and gave ourselves a Valentine’s Day to pat ourselves on the back for what we accomplish on a daily basis, and to take a break. Here are my ideas on a Valentine’s Day for you:

1. Request an annual leave day

Imagine this. Kids are off to school, your spouse is off to work and you have a day. All To Yourself. Before you decide to take this rash and spontaneous step you must pinky swear you won’t do any work, household chores or run errands. Your job is to sleep in. Walk to your favourite cafe for a lovely long breakfast involving a smashed avocado and a skinny flat white. Take along a book you have been dying to read for months. Sit and enjoy. Today is slow and leisurely. Walk at a slower pace.

2. Indulge in some retail therapy

Personally, I need some new sunglasses and an organiser to use during meetings sans my children’s drawings of our family all over the A4 notepad. So if the objective of my special Valentine’s Day is to spoil myself, I would choose these Femeconomy approved gems. Trelise Cooper Eye Candy Sunglasses and Corban and Blair’s A4 zip compendia.

Trelise Cooper Eye Candy Sunglasses

Corban and Blair A4 Zip Compendia

3. Next stop. Yoga class.

Yoga has yet again made it on to my New Year’s resolution list. So let’s start the habit. My husband’s work schedule changes constantly with night shift and overtime, so it is difficult to commit to a regular class. But what about a good old DVD? Cheaper than a class, I can squeeze it in to my schedule at random and I can work on my flexibility and fitness in the comfort of my own home. Hopefully one day I can do the pose below in white pants and not have a bruised bottom from falling over all the time. It’s good to have a goal. Many Femeconomy approved brands seem to promote this DVD, including JB Hi-Fi, Big W and ABC Shop.


4. The gift I love most of all, a massage

Not the ones where you are being drowned in essential oils and you feel like you are being patted like a puppy. I mean a deep tissue, knot untying, firm workout of your muscles that increases blood flow and the need for copious amounts of water. The kind where you walk taller afterwards and the next day can still feel the burn. I know this isn’t to everyone’s taste but it is the most relaxing thing in the world for me. Especially when you cannot hear another soul. Please masseuse, don’t talk. Oh and no whale songs. It makes me feel like I should go on rescue mission aboard The Sea Shepherd.

5. The gift of giving

Now I know today is all about you, but I want you to give one gift. I want you to send a friend a gift and surprise them at work. I did this for a friend once when she was having a bad day and emotionally I felt so good afterwards. I’d cheered her up. I was there for her when I couldn’t be physically. Our friends are often there for us in ways that go above and beyond the call of duty. So invest in your emotional bank and surprise a friend at work. I love some of the quirky ideas from Femeconomy approved Edible Blooms. Imagine if the Luxury Chandon Chocolate Bouquet or the Luxury Chocolate Bouquet Bloom appeared at your work from a friend.

Luxury Chandon Chocolate BouquetEdible Blooms Luxury Chocolate Bouquet Bloom

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Posted by Alanna Bastin-Byrne - Femeconomy Director

CEO of the house, community builder and a globetrotting nomad. Background in Marketing and Communications leadership in the UK and Australia.