One of my favorite scenes from Sex and the City is when the women declare that they may not have found husbands, but at least they found one another. You and your girlfriend can dote on each other for a day by sending each other flowers, taking each other to dinner or exchanging cards or gifts.
3. Play Hooky
Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, which makes it perfect timing for a three-day weekend. There’s still time to book a last-minute Caribbean getaway, and you can get great discounts this time of year. If that’s out of the budget, take a weekend getaway to your nearest big city and have a fancy dinner and enjoy the theater or an art gallery.
4. Snuggle Up With Your Imaginary Boyfriend
Break out that pint of ice cream and pick out a few films on Netflix that include your favorite actor—for me, it’s anything with Idris Elba or Michael Ealy. Split a bottle of wine and indulge in your fantasies. Once your girl heads home, take the fantasy up a notch by breaking out your rabbit.
5. Spread Love … the Brooklyn Way
Put some good love karma into the atmosphere by distributing Valentine’s Day cards or small gifts to your friends and family or your colleagues. Putting a smile on someone else’s face often leaves you with one on your own.
Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor at The Root, a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life and the upcoming Don’t Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life & Love. She answers your dating and relationship questions on The Root each week. Feel free to ask anything at firstname.lastname@example.org.