How to Celebrate Galentine's Day as a Busy Mom
As a busy, introverted-extrovert mom of two dealing with work, COVID, homeschooling, and #momlife, I find it super challenging to stay connected to my girlfriends on the regular. Add in a Hallmark holiday and I’m finding myself missing my mom besties even more.
I romanticize a girls' night out for Galentine’s Day, which really means spa date, mimosas, and avocado toast with my network of mom friends. But with COVID lockdowns still happening in New York, that is simply not going to happen.
So instead of focusing on missing these gals and getting down in the dumps, I’ve decided that I’m going to be my very own Galentine this year. Here are four ways I’m celebrating friendship with myself:
Spa Date at Home
Self-care is a great way to express appreciation for yourself, and when you do that, you deepen your friendship with yourself, as well. This year, instead of going to the spa, I will bring the spa to me. This includes picking up a face mask, foot mask, and nail polish from the local drugstore. I have an essential oil diffuser and will burn some lavender oil to really set the mood for spoiling myself.
Order Dinner for One
Girl time over a meal is magical because it allows us to slow down and enjoy each other’s company, catch up on what’s going on, and plan our next outing. This year, I’d like to catch up with myself and see what’s coming up for me — mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I plan on ordering sushi, opening a bottle of red wine, lighting a candle, and journal away with no specific prompt. I find that free-writing is incredibly therapeutic.
Throw Myself a Dance Party
I love getting dressed up and going dancing with my besties in Manhattan. In honor of a girls' night out in the city, I’m planning on putting on my dancing shoes, doing my hair and makeup, and playing my favorite songs from the '90s and 2000s, with my bedroom floor as the new dance floor. I might even invite my toddler to get in on the action so he doesn’t feel left out.
FaceTime with My Besties
Even though we can’t see each other in person, a FaceTime date is inevitable during my toddler’s nap time. I’ll grab my cozy blue blanket, curl up on the sofa with a cup of hot jasmine tea, and give each of them a call. Distance does make the heart grow fonder, but technology makes the frustration hurt a little less.
Whether you’re a mom or not, whether you’re getting together with your besties or not, I would definitely recommend celebrating yourself and your friendship with you. Because truly, the most important relationship we can ever have is with ourselves.
This post is part of a month-long February CircleAround series, tied to Galentine's Day. What was once a celebratory day on a fictional TV sitcom has emerged, like Festivus before it, as a very real day, spawning a legion of loyal followers. That's because it celebrates the platonic friendships among women. We asked writers — and readers — to tell us how their gal pals are helping them navigate one of the most challenging periods in our history, as well as to share stories about their meaningful female friendships. To see all the posts in the series — including relevant news stories — visit here. And if you'd like to contribute to the series, send us your thoughts to email@example.com or post on our "2021 Inspiration Wall."