I was never much of a girly girl growing up. It would have been more likely to find me in basketball shorts and gym shoes than a dress. But, everything changes and over time this has included my appreciation of girly things. Maybe my tolerance for things pink, fluffy, and glittery has increased after years of being the mom of two young girls. Maybe my busy life and law practice have forced me to forestall my tendency to take things too seriously with enjoyment of whimsical things. Maybe it’s because Parks and Recreation remains one of the funniest TV shows I have ever watched. I don’t necessarily know the root cause; I only know: I love Galentine’s Day.
This year, celebrating Galentine’s Day was very necessary and couldn’t have been easier. January was a busy month with a few new projects and lots of travel to two out-of-state conferences. Fortunately, the yoga studio down the street from my office, Rooted Yoga, in Covington, Kentucky did a Galentine’s Day event which was perfect. I rounded up a group of some of my favorite beautiful land mermaids and it could not have been more fun.
“Treat yo self” was not in the Galentine’s Day episode of Parks and Recreation, but treat ourselves we did. After a beautiful yoga flow class that made us all feel like goddesses–glorious female warriors–we drank mimosas, and, to honor the patron saint of Galentine’s Day, Leslie Knope, ate waffles with tons of whipped cream. Literally, it was a waffle made into a cone (which is perfect because that’s also a Parks and Recreation reference) and filled with whipped cream. Brilliant. Just brilliant.
How could this get any better? Well, Galentine’s Day is the best day of the year, so it actually did. The next step was to treat our crafty selves. First, we made our own essential oil roller balls. Before this event, I didn’t know “an essential oil roller ball” was a thing! But it’s a thing I like! Finally, we finished it all up by making vision boards. At the beginning, I was a little bit April Ludgate about it and laughed to myself at the vision board thing. In the end, Leslie Knope won out on this battle. There must be something primal about cutting images and words from magazines and gluing them to paper to make a pretty picture that I have retained since preschool. I was so focused (or perhaps hopped up on sugar but who cares about reasons when there are crafts?) that I didn’t notice until I was finished that I was one of the last people there and it was time to go. I must have found a vision board moment of zen. Hmmmm . . . maybe the sarcastic voice in my head should shut up every once in a while.
So, maybe the reason I love Galentine’s Day is that it isn’t just whimsical, but magical? It sure felt like magic to take care of myself, relax, and hang out with my friends. To all my lady friends out there, remember that “You are the most beautiful glowing sun goddess ever.” I hope you take the time today to remember it.