I hope this day is filled with acts of kindness, hugs, kisses, and above all, love.
You don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate today- your valentine can be your mom, dad, sister, brother, best friend, and even your beloved pet (Augie is my valentine along with Paul!).
And, let’s be honest- we don’t need a special day to tell those we love how much we care about them.
Thank you to YOU all for continuing to read what I write here (even though it’s not very often!). Sending lots of love your way!
My friend, H, sent me this video, which is so perfect for today. Lennon and Maisy star in Nashville, one of the shows I watch, and they are amazing! They are real life sisters and daughters of country singers, Stella. They have amazing voices (check out their YouTube channel here) and are so talented.
For Valentine’s Day they teamed up with Kid President (H also introduced me to him) and sang a love song. It’s in a word: amazing.
If you’re unfamiliar with Kid President, I suggest watching his other videos on his YouTube channel.
His Pep Talk (the video that went viral and made him famous)
His interview with Rainn Wilson
So, find your Space Jams (you’ll have to watch the Pep talk to know what I’m even talking about) and love the one your with!
I love this time of year and I do love me some shopping! I’m a little behind as I haven’t gotten anything yet for family, but I’ll be working on some online shopping of my own in the upcoming weeks!
One great resource I found for gift ideas comes from To & From, which is a great online magazine. They compiled a list of holiday gifts, asking different bloggers to pick out their favorite ideas, and then put them all in an online magazine with links to the products! It’s a lot of fun to just flip through and a TON of good ideas for gifts for every person in your life
So, take a look, and have some fun! (click “click to read” to go full screen)
If you’re a NPR listener, you may catch these every once in awhile on Fridays. They come on pretty early in the morning and I don’t always catch them during my drive into work, but when I do, I usually cry. It’s a good cry though- the stories are usually so touching and inspiring. If you’re not familiar with StoryCorps, this is what they are about:
“StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives”
All the stories are told from the voices of the very people they are talking to and each one is archived in the Library of Congress. I think this last fact is so amazing; StoryCorps is essentially creating a time capsule of people’s real, raw emotions during all sorts of events. They are short audio clips and if even if you just have 10 minutes to spare one day, these are great stories to hear. Each story is about 2-5 minutes long.
Here are some of my recent favorite ones and some old ones that are just as good: