Girlfriend Guru,thankful for friendsLoving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939

It’s February. The Superbowl is over (although the discussions about the game, power outage, and ads have barely begun), and it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. Sometimes it seems that Valentine’s Day comes laden with pressure and expectations. Will we have the perfect dinner? Will I get flowers? And if I don’t, what does that mean? How do I avoid eating all the chocolate on the planet in one sitting? Does anybody love me?

Fabulous Girlfriend Guru RACHEL AWES reminds us that there are lots of ways to add meaning to Valentine’s Day, and Girlfriend love is a great place to start. (All of the joy, none of the stress.) Personally, I plan to text and tweet a  lot of Girlfriendship. And maybe meet a friend or two for coffee. Or plan to go to the gym together. And then dive head-first into the chocolate.

Let’s brainstorm together how we might say Happy Valentine’s Day to our girlfriends! The day is such a beautiful opportunity to reach out and extend love.

I had put my friend Lori’s “A month of thank-yous” cards on my holiday wish list and got them! ( I am having fun using some of them as Valentine’s cards for girlfriends.friendship valentines cards

Here are some other possible girlfriend Valentining:

  • Send little gifts: homemade jam or baked cookies, a CD mix of favorite songs, or a collection of their childhood favorite things like a jar of marbles.
  • Draw them a picture with crayons, complete with a gift of crayons (the big box with the sharpener).
  • Give a drive-by hug. Go to their door and give them you.
  • Send out classic kid Valentines. Hello Kitty. SpongeBob. Superheroes.friendship valentines
  • Plan a coffee date. Ask all about her heart. Offer thanks.

Happy Valentine’s Day, readers. May your hearts be warmed and spirits bright.

RACHEL AWES‘ book, “all I did was listen,” endorsed by authors/artists SARK and Kelly Rae Roberts, is available in her store (photo credit: Carissa Paige)

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