What single girls are doing this Valentine’s Day


By Harriet Farkash

It might not be official, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Valentine’s Day is the worst holiday of the year for single women because it does nothing but act as a giant spotlight for your single status – as if you need reminding. So what do single women do on this dreaded day to cope? We asked 15 to tell us…

“My friend is throwing a ‘Non-Valentine’s Day BBQ’ where there’ll be drinks, delicious food and singles… I actually think it will be more fun than an awkward dinner at a restaurant full of couples so I’m excited!” Cherie, 33

“Last year I was surprised how much it hurt to be at work and NOT receive a bunch of flowers from a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day, like most of the other women I work with. Thank goodness it’s on a Saturday this year so I don’t have to deal with that! It also means that I can go to my local markets and buy myself a gorgeous bunch – who needs a man?!” Katie, 40

“I am going to take my kids out in the afternoon to the local park and just be with them. They always remind me that while I don’t have a lover, I have so much love in my life.” Lucy, 37

“I’ll be baking all day and then going to an engagement party. I can still bring in the love on V Day, even if it isn’t mine yet!” Alana, 30

“I’ll be going to a club to watch Will Sparks play with my best friend. Drinks and dancing mean I won’t even realise it’s the most depressing day of the year!” Paige, 22

“I’m going to the movies with my cousin, who is also single. No romantic comedies though.” Ruth, 29

“I’m going to ignore it and treat it like a normal day. That’s worked for me every other year!” Taylor, 43

“I will be having a long lie in, followed by breakfast somewhere nice. Then I’m going to visit a special Valentine’s Ladies pampering event taking place in my city before getting dressed up, drinking my favourite bottle of wine and heading out with my gal pals,” Victoria, 26

“My imaginary boyfriend said he’s planned a surprise for me. Kidding! I’ll be hanging with my best friends, just having fun. You don’t want to do V Day alone!” Heba, 32

“I didn’t realise it, but I’m booked in to get my hair cut and coloured. Nothing better than having a good gossip with my gay hairdresser and feeling like a million bucks with a fresh blow wave to hit the clubs on a Saturday night!” Pip, 28

“You definitely can’t go on a first date on Valentine’s Day so I think I’ll be on the couch with a bottle of wine, flirting with eHarmony matches and lining up some dates for the following week,” Cassie, 39

“Two of my best friends and I have booked an Airbnb place right on the beach a couple of hours south and we’re packing cheese, wine and more wine and cheese. The V word is banned.” Nicola, 30

“I make signature candles as a side business so I’m going to put on some jazz, get in the zone and create some gorgeous scented candles for myself. There are far worse things than being single, so I’m going to savour it.” Alysha, 28

“Having a 30 Rock marathon. Have you seen it? Seriously, it is like the cure to all Single Girl Blues!” Emma, 36

“My friends and I were talking about that episode of Friends where Monica, Phoebe and Rachel have a Valentine’s day ‘Cleanse’ where they burn all the stuff that reminds them of their ex boyfriends. We’re going to copy them and do that – minus the part where they set their apartment on fire!” Emma, 30

How do you like to spend Valentine’s Day? Let us know what you’re getting up to in the comments below or join the conversation @eHarmony_AU or on Facebook.com/eHarmonyaustralia.

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