Start early. The earlier the better. Like January. But don’t worry if you can’t start early this year. There’s always next year (in case you happen to be single then).
Face up to your fears (again and again and again) and get some healing and acceptance going in your life (or whatever other words you choose to set sail by for the upcoming year).
Get your good self aligned with those awesome words so they start to seep into every fibre of your being.
Realise that you’re actually really and truly enjoying your new job. The people, the work, the clients. It’s crazy busy there, but the job is a fit for your quirky personality.
Make a teensy, tiny decision that you’ll allow yourself one cup of (good) coffee a day, Monday to Friday. Search for the best coffee shop near your new workplace. Get to know the baristas.
Notice that all of your hard work is starting to pay off. Physical and emotional healing, strengthening through yoga, giving up sugar. Even when you thought you’d never be able to say such a thing (about it all paying off): it’s true.
Revel in fitting into clothes you haven’t been able to get into for ages, AND be accepting of your body as it is – ill health, extra kilos and all.
Get a little more yoga crazy than ever before. Spend eighteen hours over the weekend before V-Day doing lots and lots of excellent yoga with one of the best teachers in Australia.
Go to work the next day absolutely glowing (or so your workmates tell you).
Plan a very special V-Day yoga class for your students. All about “spinal love”, aka taking care of the spine: learning how to bend through the spine properly; and how to effectively and slowly build core strength.
On V-Day itself, wear one of those dresses you can fit into again (thanks to losing weight from giving up sugar), knowing you have a client meeting. Get compliments from workmates on your ensemble.
Head over for an early morning coffee at the start of the day (it’s gonna be a loooong and busy one at work).
Grab your coffee when the tall, ruggedly cute barista calls your name. Have a very funny interaction with him that goes something like this…
Barista: There you go darlin’. So, were you showered with kisses this morning, like you deserve?
You: Ummmm, perhaps by my cat…
Barista: Well I’d be happy to do it but it might overstep some barista/customer boundaries.
You: Well perhaps I could get my coffee somewhere else then??
Barista: Perhaps you should…
Realise that you can’t remember the last time anyone flirted so brazenly and publicly with you.
Have a massive grin on your face for the rest of the day.
Get changed at the end of the work day, into yoga teacher mode and fabulous shiny pants.
Teach a VERY full yoga class. Watch as your students enjoy the new things they’re learning about their bodies.
Also, tell them the thought that popped into your head the previous week:
It doesn’t matter who does or doesn’t love you, as long as YOU love you.
Admit that you’re not sure if you read that somewhere or if it was an original thought. But that it doesn’t matter as long as you really and truly get it, on a cellular level.
Talk to your students about how real love starts with:
- Self nurturing
- Self acceptance
- Self respect
Be amazed at how awesome your class was and grateful that you get the chance to spread a little love around in a non-clichéd/commercial V-Day way.
Go home, still smiling about the bold flirting of a Certain Barista.
Discover your neighbour has cooked dinner and saved you some. Because she is awesome. Make tentative plans to have a girls night out with her some time.
Bask in all the love.
Clean the house.
Go to bed, still smiling…
P.S. Happy V-Day to you all!
P.P.S. See, coffee isn’t entirely bad for you…