A few years ago we started a newsletter tradition- a list of things to do in February if you are single. This year, we’ve expanded our ideas to include not only those who may find themselves dreading the celebration of romantic love, but also those who are looking to rediscover other ways to add more love to their lives:
1. Clean out your closets, basements, garages and get rid of those items that are holding you back. Dispose of them in the trash, or donate to charity (Big Brothers/Big Sisters will even come to the house to pick it up). Imagine how you can fill that space that once was clogged with things you didn’t need.
2. Seeing a movie can be expensive even without the popcorn and soda. If you love Boston-based cinema, check out the free movies at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre. During the week of the 14th, the theater will screen Dennis Lehane’s films – “Gone Baby Gone,” “Mystic River,” and “Shutter Island.” And on the last night, Lehane will join attendees to discuss his work.
3. Long to get out of town? The new World Wide Bus, which started its Boston area to N.Y. service in the fall, is offering a Valentine’s Day special promotion: free travel Monday, Feb. 14 through Thursday, Feb. 17. Enjoy the free WiFi and power outlets as you journey to the Big Apple- tickets available online starting Tuesday Feb. 8 at 10am.
4. Travel back in time at the new Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts. The new wing showcases more than 5,000 works of art produced in North, Central, and South America over the course of three millennia. It is a great chance to journey through history.
5. Create a new habit. It takes about twenty-one days to incorporate something new into your repertoire. By March, you could be eating more vegetables, exercising, reading more or incorporating other healthier activities into your routine.
6. Love wine, cheese… mead? Numerous wine cellars and shops offer tastings, classes and lessons. You can take Cheese 101 or sample free mead at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, or stop by Best Cellars in Boston for daily tastings. (Visit websites for store hours and offerings)
7. Finish that project you’ve been dreaming of. Whether it’s painting the kitchen, building a 1000 piece puzzle, scrapbooking last year’s memories or tackling Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, use this month to accomplish and cross it off your list of things to do.
8. It’s hard to believe that Red Sox Spring Training begins the end of this month. With Opening Day only six weeks away on April Fool’s Day, it’s time to start learning about the winter trades and new players so you aren’t wondering Who’s on first and Why someone new’s in the outfield.
9. Be good to your heart. February is “Go Red for Women“, the American Heart Association’s campaign to increase awareness of heart disease and stroke in women. Although the National Wear Red Day was February 4, you can still band together with other woman and learn the how to keep your heart healthy.
10. Do nothing. Yes, nothing. Just relax and rest. Turn off your mind and put away the to-do list. You race around nonstop and juggle so much, doing everything for everyone. The greatest gift you can give yourself is time to just be