Plans for Valentine’s Day?


Every year on Valentine’s Day I plan to have a friend date, take myself out on a date, or attend events on campus. However, this Valentine’s Day was different. I did not have time to plan anything with friends or attend events on campus because I had to go to class that entire day. So I made a plan to bring love to my job the next day on Friday.

If some of you are not familiar with Love Your Body Week, it is a special week that happens every year during the week of Valentine’s Day. If you go to The Well often, you would have seen post-its with pictures and quotes on mirrors and windows aiming towards boosting self-confidence. My assumption is that The Well does this to help individuals ignore the way that they look and think about how important their presence is to others, and bringing awareness to loving one’s own body. We all come in different shades, sizes, and shapes and we are all beautiful. It is okay to be reminded that self-love is the best kind of love.

With that being said, I went to work on Friday and shared love to everyone I interacted with. My job has a dessert station that I work at and I wrote quotes on the glass that surrounds my dessert . I wrote “Love Your Body”, “Good Vibes”,”Nothing is Sweeter Than Your Love” (which was a quote suggested by one of my customers so I put his initials underneath the quote) and I put up a “Free Hugs” sign.

The idea of writing the quotes was to bring happiness and self-love to individuals who did not attend The Well this week. The sign stating that I give free hugs was for students who had a long or rough week and needed a hug. Sometimes hugs are needed after a long week.

A lot of people had a date or a Valentine this week, some had neither, and some had exams and assignment deadlines. What a bummer.

My plan this week was to make at least one person smile, but as it turns out I made many people smile and feel good about themselves. It felt great to make people feel good about themselves and get them in a good mood after a long week of school. That way their weekend can start and end positively to prepare for the next week.

It is important to me that everyone had a good week. Some advice I could give is this: If you like a person, like them; if you want to speak to someone, speak to them; if you want to eat something, delicious go for it; if you want to go to the gym to flex your muscles in the mirror, do it; if you want to call your friends or loved ones, do it. Do something adventurous and fun this weekend, as long as it makes you happy.

Remember to love your bodies every day and that you are always loved by someone, especially Sparky!