Take Back Valentine’s Day


I have never been one to celebrate Valentine’s Day. My husband and I have always found the marketing aspect of it unnecessary and pushy. Not to mention I’m not the biggest fan of the color pink.  It’s just always seemed to me about making people feel obligated by celebrating with things and spending money, rather than actually with love. 

Time and companionship, respect and appreciation; that is true celebration.

I find it to be a lonely holiday as well, and it shouldn’t be.  The “idea” of it makes those who do not have partners or lovers feel ALONE. It leaves people out.

Today, I say we take over Valentine’s Day with true love, open love. Love for our partners, our family, our friends, and most importantly OURSELVES. 

I challenge you today to show the greatest love there is. Today appreciate yourself. Do something you love even if its as simple as taking a walk or a nap. Write a letter, not an email. Make a phone call instead of sending a text. Let someone or many someone’s know you care, because that is the greatest gift there is.

Love starts within, know you are appreciated and special. Acknowledge you.

You are loved.


Author: Finding True North

Nichole Donje is a interdisciplinary artist, activist and leader. A philosopher and self-exploration addict, Nichole is currently working on two books of art and poetry FINDING TRUE NORTH and LIFE POEMS. She is a visual artist and photographer. Nichole founded and ran the highly regarded New York City based independent theatre company TAPT/The Artist’s Playground Theatre, from 2006-2016. Serving as TAPT’s Artistic Director, Nichole worked diligently to support new and forgotten works that help shape the way we view the world around us. A recognized leader, Nichole served three terms as Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Players and currently served on the Executive Committee. The Players is the oldest theatrical club in the country founded by such luminaries as Edwin Booth and Mark Twain "for the promotion of social intercourse between the representative members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, sculpture and music, and the patrons of the arts". A key influencer of the Players current revitalization she has become an advocate for the art and livelihood of a social club. The Players not only honors yesterday’s and today’s luminaries of the performing arts, but also brings back the forgotten art of face to face relationships. Nichole is a member of SAG-AFTRA, LPTW/League of Professional Theatre Women, LeanInNYC, and The Players.

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