Galentine's Day!

If you haven't heard of Galentine’s Day, you are missing out on the wisdom of Leslie Knope, the intensely ambitious, supportive, loyal, best friend anyone could have, from the show, Parks & Recreation. Add it to your list! As Leslie explains, Galentine’s Day is all about ladies celebrating ladies, usually over their favorite breakfast foods. It's the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with friends, remind them what you love about them, and celebrate those friendships. Clearly a holiday worth observing.

What makes a good Galentine’s Day? The most important factor is, no surprise, the people you spend it with. Gather up all the ladies in your life that you love and admire. Whether you already have a tight-knot group of gals, or you have friends from different parts of your life, get them all together in the same place. Don't worry if they don't already know each other. It's a great opportunity to introduce people you love to other people you love. There’s a good chance they’ll love each other. By doing this, not only do you end up with a bunch of great people having a great time together, you’re also expanding everyone’s network of great women in their life. Quality friends are such a huge asset to have—share that with each other!

This one may seem obvious, but another crucial aspect of a successful Galentine’s Day is communicating! Celebrating your friends is all about the conversations you have. Talk and laugh. Share stories, share memories. Catch up! Discuss everyone's latest projects or ambitions. This is a supportive environment. Don't be afraid to remind your friends what you love and admire about them. If there's ever a time to gush, this is it.

Lastly (and I guessss least of the three), you can’t forget the food! For Leslie, it’s all about breakfast food, but there are no hard and fast rules on Galentine’s Day. Brunch is a pretty great option—lots of food choices and delicious cocktails! A restaurant might be easiest for everyone, but a potluck is always fun too. Each person can bring what they do best and you get to try a little bit of everything. Of course, if you don’t want to mess around with a full meal, you can always just skip the brunch (or lunch or dinner) and jump straight to your favorite dessert place!

Everyone's perfect Galentine’s Day looks different. For some, it might be a night out bar hopping. For others, it might be an evening in pajamas, watching a favorite movie together. You could go for a hike, meet for coffee, go out to a restaurant, try something new (like a painting or pottery class), or, my personal choice, bake and decorate some cookies together. Choose what makes sense for your group. The most important thing is that you’re reaching out to the women you love and reminding them of that fact. Happy Galentine’s Day, everybody!