No romance? No problem! Celebrate love on your own terms.

Valentine’s Day is the notoriously pink and red holiday that celebrates l’amour, amore, L-O-V-E, baby. Only, it seems the kind of love that gets all the attention is romantic love, which is a real shame, because there are so many other types of love out there. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that these are the loves that are just as worthy of celebrating.

1. Family Love

I am a firm believer in telling your parents, siblings, aunts, cousins and so on that you love them as often as possible. So why not in a special way on a day allotted just for loving?

 2. Food Love

More faithful than any romantic partner is food. Take Valentine’s Day to enjoy one of your favorite meals at one of your favorite restaurants or splurge on that one spot you’ve been wanting to try for forever. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

3. Friend Love

In all honesty, Galentine’s Day is the only reason I get excited for Valentine’s Day. The relationships I have with my friends literally get me through some of my toughest days, and I love having this day to celebrate with them.

4. Self Love

And, the greatest love of all, as Whitney Houston put it, is learning to love yourself, and I’ll be using this Valentine’s Day to do just that. For my selflove day, I’ll be treating myself to a new book and fresh manicure.

Inspired, Fitness

Pilates + Yoga = a lot of leg shaking

I decided to take a break from my yoga class and sign up pure barre. It’s been 2 years since I took pure barre. When I walked into pure barre I was expecting a cute, fun inspired workout. Maybe there would be some light stretching against the bar. Ten minutes into the class I was already sweating. Twenty minutes in my legs were shaking and I thought, “I seriously can’t be this out of shape”.

It turns out, I wasn’t. The Barre is just that intense. I’m used paced cardio like yoga, but the moves we did targeted specific muscle groups by holding exact form and making small, tight adjustments. It’s a mix of yoga, Pilates, physical therapy and yes, ballet, so for every muscle toning move, there was a relaxing stretch that followed, for which I was grateful.

In the following days, I could still feel the workout with each step I took. I’m telling you guys, it’s not as easy as it looks, and even the girls in the class with me who’d been coming for much longer were shaking. That said, I think the shake is a good thing. It means your body is doing work, and that’s what you want out of a work out, right?