Some think that Valentine’s Day is all about love, and romantic love at that. It’s for date nights and flowers and chocolates and mushy social media posts. That is not what I think the day is about.

To me, Valentine’s Day is about heart ❤️

My favorite February 14s have been spent at a Bon Jovi concert, on the top of a parade float at Mardi Gras, and enjoying my annual delivery of homemade chocolate chip cookies from Grandmother.

Guess what? None of those things happened with a romantic paramour. They happened with my BFFs and family.

This day has become so commercialized and focused on couples that those who are single (🙋🏻‍♀️) can feel like they are somehow “less than” because they are not in a romantic relationship.

I think that is just ridiculous.

Not settling for less than what *you truly want & need* in a partner should be celebrated, not shamed or gawked at.

It’s a sign of self awareness, compassion and confidence.

You have done the work to know what you want (and need) in a partner. Stand STRONG in that 💪🏻

So instead of focusing on “love” today, I encourage you focus on having heart ❤️

And while you’re at it, go do something positive for your physical heart today too.


Channing Muller is an award winning marketing & public relations consultant and the principal of DCM Communications, based out of Chicago. She works with event professionals and business owners to grow and scale their businesses with refined marketing strategies developed through one-on-one and group consulting, customized marketing programs and public relations. She has been named a "25 Young Event Pro to Watch" by Special Events magazine and "40 Under 40" by Connect Meetings. Channing is an avid runner, lover of Labrador Retrievers, good food, delicious drinks, and an advocate for the American Heart Association.

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