I will be the first to admit that Valentine’s Day is not one of my favorite holidays. Having spent many a February 14 alone, I’ve almost come to dread the day. Most years I’ve simply just pretended it didn’t exist. Feeling a little tired of hiding away on Valentine’s Day, this year I’m using the day to celebrate being me. It’s a way to turn something to dread into something memorable and fun. Besides, I’ve been told that if you don’t love yourself, you can’t expect someone else to love you. Here are five steps to creating a magical Valentine’s Day alone.

Step One: Turn on some tunes. crosley turntable I don’t know about you, but I love music. It has a way of instantly affecting my mood. I recently got this awesome record player, and listening to some of my favorites spin round and round just makes me happy.

Step Two: Pour yourself a drink. amore champagne flutes Grab a beautiful cup or glass and fill it up with your favorite beverage. Today is about giving yourself the royal treatment. Whether you are sipping champagne or snuggling up with a cup of hot cocoa, turn the rest of the world off and focus on the deliciousness.

Step Three: Buy some flowers. glass vase flowers Yes, we all love getting a beautiful bouquet of flowers. And as nice as it is to receive them from someone else, don’t deny yourself their beauty just because you don’t have someone else to bring them to your door. Stop by your local flower shop or order your favorites online. I just love having fresh flowers in my house and I’m not afraid to buy them for myself.

Step Four: Indulge in your favorite foods. heart shaped cutting board Clearly, you’ve been very good about your New Year’s Resolutions (cough, cough), Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to indulge a bit. Treat yourself to a Valentine’s classic like chocolate dipped strawberries or go for a personal favorite. As weird as it may sound, my favorite is simple: cheese and crackers. No matter what, make your tummy smile, Have a bite or two and don’t worry about counting calories.

Step Five: Give yourself a break. ROAR | Inspired by Charm #roar Whether you’re single by choice or life circumstances, don’t let things get you down. Every day is a gift, and it’s up to each us to live fully. Spend your time doing the things you love with people you love. When love is meant to find you, it will. However you decide to celebrate (or not celebrate) Valentine’s Day, I’m wishing you a very happy one and many more to follow.