When Hannah and I came together to create this years Galentine’s day we both insisted it exude universal love. We live in a society where many women are objectified; not just by men but by their fellow counterparts. Where men are chastised for being sensitive and nurturing. This Galentine’s Day would be all about offering a little TLC. Hannah and I have been friends since High School. I was immediately attracted to her desire to cling to her true self. She did not shy away from her bold and colorful personality and was never afraid to welcome others into her home and heart. I will never forget how welcome I was in her home. It was clear that not only Hannah had this amazing love to offer but her family did as well. There is nothing like being accepted for exactly who you are. For years Hannah and I have molded and shaped our relationship through deep spiritual, emotional, and verbal connection. We have been there for each other through all the glitzy and gloomy moments. It hasn’t always been easy, but it was always worth it. We celebrate the love that we have built with each other and if you know us, we don’t hesitate to show it!
There is something captivating about empowering each other. It’s a dog eat dog world out there and in the scope of things that reality just doesn’t make sense. From our personal experience, there are a variety of things you can do to empower your lady/gentleman friends.
If you’re doing the talking, it’s crucial to know that the person you’re sharing your passions/problems/etc with is not judging you. We all have done things we are not proud of, we all have stories or ideas we are afraid to share for fear of rejection. The cure for this is to remember that we can offer love to someone just by being an ear that listens.
Okay, I know what you’re all thinking, no not the iPhone FaceTime (although if that’s your only option it will work)! What we have learned is that electronics are great, you can easily keep in touch with your people, but actual face time is better. We lack the ability to actually empathize with people when we can’t physically be present to connect with them. This can lead to shallow friendships and we want you to experience wholesome healthy relationships for life.
You’re not truly empowering your friends if you spend all your time trying to match the makeup artist and Victoria’s Secret models you see on Instagram. Remove the femininity this society forces you to embrace and what are you left with? What do you have to talk about? We as much as anyone love a good contour and deep set lip but we know our relationship won’t last if it remains at that surface level. Talk about your future goals, play sports, be active, make silly videos (we’re good at that) and above all, be you.
This last part is key! Always, always encourage your friends. Send them encouraging texts, empowering quotes, and enjoy the time you spend with each other. That’s right, ENJOY the time you have with each other, that means no catty nights out, no backstabbing, and no image damaging talks/posts or tweets.
Celebrate each other this Galentine’s Day. Celebrate your unique friendships, celebrate your accomplishments and your inner value, and remember “we rise by lifting others.” -Robert Ingersoll
All too often we focus on Valentine’s Day as being a holiday for couples. As someone who has gone through many more years single than in relationships, I have found that it is a special time to celebrate the love you have in your life no matter if that’s with a boyfriend, family member, gal pal, or with co-workers. The truth is love is to people what water is to plants. We need it, and more of it only makes us happier and more fulfilled. Chelsea and I want to remind you that you do not have to spend much money, or none at all to honor those you love on this special day.
This weekend we celebrated Galentine’s Day early with our new intern Logan. If these photos do the occasion any justice hopefully we conveyed that we turned ordinary into extraordinary, with decorations from the Dollar Tree and yummy goodies from a local bakery called the Cupcakery.
We were especially excited to not only be treated to such delicious cupcakes, sugar cookies, and heart-shaped macaroons but also were happy to be supporting a business that provides work opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Cupcakery located in Lewiston, Maine is committed to using the highest-quality, freshest ingredients and offers personalized, special orders. One hundred percent of their profits go to assisting individuals with cognitive and intellectual impairments through agency-supported services. Now that’s a way to not only love what you eat but also give love to the local community!
For those of you who may have dietary restrictions and sweets may seem out of the question, we also served a delicious Peach Delight that was completely vegan and raw. Our friend Cheryl from Life in the Raw shared with us this super easy recipe (listed below).
Peach Delight Recipe (serves 4)
1 ½ cup chopped strawberries
2 medjool dates
¼ teaspoon cardamon
2 tablespoons ground flax meal
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 peaches, sliced
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup chopped almonds
Directions: Combine all sauce ingredients into blender and puree till a smooth consistency has been reached. Then assemble the dessert by placing the cinnamon and peaches in a bag and shake to coat. Please 4-6 slices of peaches in a dish, top with ¼ cup of the sauce and the chopped almonds and coconut flakes. Enjoy!
Special thank you to The Cupcakery for donating the wonderful treats!