So often when we are alone and it is not necessarily by choice, or we are in a relationship but lonely, it is easy to forget how great we are. Whether it is Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year, women do not celebrate themselves enough.

How to Celebrate You; Especially if You are Missing the Man in RoMANce

1. Have a spa day: facial, massage, manicure and pedicure or get your hair done – maybe try a new style. Taking care of yourself and having somebody touch you in a non-sexual way is good for your soul.
2. Set a carefree date with yourself; make some plans to do something you used to love to do when you were younger. It is easy to forget who we used to be and what we used to like to do, especially when our lives get busy or cluttered with jobs, relationships and responsibilities. What used to bring you joy? Go do something fun: visit an art gallery, go roller-skating, the sky is the limit!
3. Send yourself flowers from a secret admirer. Who better to admire you, than you? Nobody has to know. Or buy yourself flowers on the way home from work you can pick them up at the grocery store.
4. Call yourself; leave a message on your voicemail - something nice like, “You’ve come a long way. You are awesome and I love you!”
5. Get out your good glasses, run a hot bubble bath and grab “Touchable Love.” There is nothing like a soak in the tub with a good book. Pour a glass of wine (or juice, pop or non-alcoholic champagne) and toast yourself for being the incredible woman that you are!
6. There is nothing wrong with dinner and a movie. Make reservations at your favorite restaurant. If people look at you because you are alone, so what? Hold your head high; you are on a date with somebody very special! Plus, a good cry in the theater watching a romantic comedy is good for the heart.
7. If you are an animal lover, get a rescue dog or cat. You will never be lonely again. Don’t forget to give your new best friend a special name like Freedom or Happy.
8. Do something sacred. Light candles and make vows to yourself and list your goals or write down your dreams. Maybe have a ritual of letting go of parts of your past that are holding you back. In “Touchable Love,” Christy and Paul send there pasts away in helium balloons.
9. Pick a love song for yourself, and then imagine singing this song to yourself. “Still the One” by Shania Twain is a great choice.
10. Buy yourself something special, something you have been putting off, a new rug or that perfect ring or necklace you have been wanting. You deserve it!

There are so many ways we can celebrate who we are. Take the time to show your appreciation for the wonderful person you are and will continue to be.

Author's Bio: 

Becky Due, like the main characters of her novels, spent many years running from herself. In 1996, after spending several months homeless, she started to pick up the pieces of her life and worked hard to put her new life together. Through writing, Due found her passion. She has authored several books and is currently working on her next novel.

In May of 2007, Due started the first national women’s telephone group called “Women Going Forward.”

Happily married she and Scott live in Colorado, Florida and Alberta, Canada with their two “kids” Buddy the Cat and Shorty the Pug.