You may think I'm completely off my rocker, but as I peruse my facebook News Feed I can't help but think that at some point, we got it all wrong. The top items all morning have been recipe posts, pictures of couples kissing, pictures of flowers and chocolate and shout-outs to the love of his/her life.
But, where's the creativity in that? Heck, I can go buy myself flowers and chocolate...and, I do. Not the flowers, but the chocolate.
Fellas and ladies, if you want to do something really special, then get out there (or online) and create an experience. If you have to work on Valentine's Day, it's okay because you can create anticipation for that experience instead and follow up on it at a later date. In fact, sometimes the anticipation is one of the best parts!
An "experience" can be anything from a special walk in the park or sleigh ride to a weekend getaway or a day trip to a museum. It doesn't have to be terribly expensive and it doesn't necessarily need to take a lot of prep work. What makes the experience is you. That you want to spend time with him/her and that you value the communication and genuine face-time that it takes to make a relationship special. There's something the two of you share that feels so right, and experiences give you the time to develop that further. To continue to find things that both of you enjoy doing together.
Here at the guest ranch, I get a great, birds' eye view of couples who are doing it right. But, your weekend getaway doesn't have to be here to make your Valentine's Day special. Make your day or a future date special by investing yourself in your sweetheart, and you'll probably end up enjoying it, too.
Happy Valentine's Day from Bex, Scott, Benjamin, and Madly at the Elk River Guest Ranch!