Ah, Valentine’s Day. The holiday we all love to hate. For some, it’s just another day on the calendar. For others, it’s a day to show someone just how special they are to you—whether that person is a significant other, spouse, or just a dear friend. But there’s one other person you should never forget to take time for on Valentine’s Day—and that’s yourself!
Ah, Valentine’s Day! Some say it’s the most romantic day of the year. It’s a day to show that special someone you love them—whether that special someone is a significant other, spouse, or just a really good friend. It’s always nice to let someone know you love them! Or it’s just another day on the calendar… however you choose to look at it!
Even if Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing, it’s a great opportunity to treat yourself. I’ve said before that it’s just as important to take care of yourself as it is to take care of others.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and I’m single. I could write a post about being single on Valentine’s Day–either how it’s kind of nice, or how it kind of sucks–but instead, I’m going to take a different direction. Instead, I’m going to write about loving myself. That’s what’s most important here.
I’ve mentioned in other posts my challenges with fitness, like how I’ve struggled to find a method that’s good for me, doesn’t kill my knees and is enjoyable. I used to do lots of high-impact weight training and stuff like that, but my knees can’t take it anymore. Consistency was hard, too. But recently, I’ve found a fitness method that meets all of my criteria: barre classes. It’s made a huge difference, even though I’ve only been doing it for just over a month.
Barre classes are my fitness match made in Heaven (well, them + yoga and stretching). It’s rooted in ballet, small muscle movements, isometric holds and other small-impact exercises. After taking ballet for 12 years, I thought I could jump into barre classes and catch on quickly. It’s harder than it looks, I’ll say that! But so far, so good.
He lived down the hall from my freshman-year boyfriend. I knew him in passing, because he would hang out in my then-boyfriend’s room sometimes. After that boyfriend and I stopped seeing each other, I didn’t see Kevin anymore. He appeared in my English class that spring, then in a media class spring semester of sophomore year. That was when we became good friends. Our junior year, we got really close, and I kind of started to wonder… but I pushed the thoughts away and convinced myself that it was wrong to have feelings for my best friend. Toward the end of junior year and into the fall of our senior year, we started going on “dates that weren’t actually dates,” even though they probably should’ve been. Eventually we fell into a “gray area,” and at the end of that semester, we finally realized what needed to happen. Almost 14 months later, we’re wonderfully happy!
EMILY & DJ
Emily and DJ met for the first time via Skype in their junior year of college. “He was roommates with one of my friends from high school, who went to a different college than me. I was Skyping with him one night, and DJ passed by in the background. We said ‘hey,’ but didn’t really talk more than that.” A few months later, during another Skype session with her friend, DJ reappeared, and this time they chatted. Later, DJ acquired Emily’s phone number from his roommate, and started talking to Emily on his own. They have now been together for two years!
CAROLINE & ALEX
Caroline and Alex met on January 23, 2013. “I reluctantly went to a party with my roommate. I felt quite out of place in an apartment full of people I didn’t know. Never did I believe I would meet my now boyfriend there.” They met at the party and started talking. “I promised him that we would go to Jimmy John’s the next day to visit my roommate at work. We hadn’t exchanged numbers yet, and I was too embarrassed to just go knock on his door.” Alex later got Caroline’s number from her roommate “after I ‘stood him up,’ and the rest is history. We spent every day that week together, and just about every day since. Two years later, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”
Lauren met her husband Nate in her senior year of college. She and her best friend had just turned in their big capstone projects for their majors, and went to their favorite bar afterward to celebrate. That day, the bar had a pitcher special, and Lauren and her friend–dressed clad in matching “SENIORS” t-shirts–ordered a few pitchers. Lauren said they “were absolutely ridiculous.” Later, Lauren’s friend spotted a familiar guy at a pool table, and thought he was cute. So Lauren and her friend walked over to say hi and join the guy and his friend Nate for another game of pool. Nate sank the 8-ball on his turn, thus losing the game. Lauren says, “He lost the game, and I kissed him. True story. And it was history from there.” Lauren and Nate have been married for 12 years, and have two beautiful children.
I had only 3 hours of sleep [the night before], worked for most of a Saturday, and was hungry and dead tired by the time I got home at 8 PM. Even though the party was two hours from where I lived, I figured ‘screw it,’ filled the car up with gas, snacks, booze, and Red Bull, and began driving.
At the party, I was hanging out by the drinks, and the cute girl standing next to me (which may not have been an accident by either of us) stuck out her hand and said, ‘Hi, I’m Eleanor. I’m new.’ Throughout the rest of the night, we had the wittiest, quickest conversation I’d ever had with someone at a party, and found out we had an obscene amount of things in common (including the fact that neither of us lived nearby, and only barely knew the host). I had never clicked with anyone so quickly before, let alone someone I found so attractive. It was unreal.
Before she left the party, I asked her out, more directly and confidently than I had with anyone before. I knew I couldn’t afford to let this chance just slip away. Thankfully, she said yes, and we’ve been dating for the past 5 months.”
How did you meet your loved one?
I’m a total Disney girl (if you haven’t picked up on that already). I’ve been known to tear up or even cry like a baby at any number of Disney movies, no matter how many times I’ve seen it. So many of my favorite movies have iconic love stories with scenes that just rip at my heart each time. With Valentine’s Day coming up, what better way to get in the Valentine’s spirit than with some Disney romance and magic?
So, here are my favorite romantic and/or adorable moments from some of my favorite Disney films.
Olaf and Anna share a moment in Frozen. I wasn’t a fan of the movie overall, but this particular scene got me. And Olaf is totally right.
That spaghetti dinner in Lady and the Tramp… because of course.
When Belle and Beast dance together in Beauty and the Beast… it’s such a pivotal point in the movie, and one of the best sequences in all of Disney.
The entire “A Whole new World” sequence in Aladdin… I cried when this part came in the Broadway show. Actually cried.
In The Aristocats, when Thomas O’Malley tells Duchess she has sparking sapphire eyes, and then later when they’re on the roof, he really notices…
The ball/gala/party in The Princess Diaries when Mia and Michael finally get it… and meanwhile everyone watching is like, “YES COME ON, IT’S ABOUT TIME!”
Every second of of “I See the Light” from Tangled.
Simba & Nala totally denying their love for each other as cubs, and then being completely adorable later… oh yes, we feel the love tonight.
Hercules & Meg. That is all. So awkward in the beginning, so adorable by the end.
And I hear the first 15 minutes of Up! is pretty romantic (and sad)…but I’ve never seen it, so…
What are your favorite Disney romances?