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Oh, hey Valentine’s Day—I mean Galentine’s Day. In the spirit of heart-shaped chocolates, sappy notecards, and red roses, I like to use February as an excuse to celebrate my favorite females—and express a little extra gratitude. With all the Insta-worthy inspiration out there, what better way to show my go-to gals how much I appreciate them than with a little homemade, thoughtful (and budget-friendly) gift?
Roll up your sleeves, take ten minutes, and get ready to have some fun with my top five DIY Galentine's Day gifts for the beautiful babes in your life!
No store-bought bouquet here! Grab an inexpensive vase, some friendly inspiration, fresh florals, and you’ll have a little special something in no-time. Not only will it make her day, the vase will be a personalized gift she can reuse in the future.
What You Need:
Inexpensive vase (hello, dollar store!)
I like to use gold and silver Sharpie paint pens to write one complimentary word on the vase to describe each friend. The stylish colors give the vase an extra touch of class (be sure to practice on a piece of paper first, though!). Also, the simpler the better—buy a bouquet and split it amongst the hand-drawn vases, adding one to two statement flowers per vase.
Facemasks. Nail polish. Lip gloss, oh my! Leverage your local drug store for some sweet finds that you can easily personalize to tap into your “punny” Galentine’s girly-side.
What You Need:
Favorite wellness | beauty products (Essie, anyone?)
Writable gift tags
Don’t be afraid to have fun with this one. A little wellness product can go a long way when you add some humor to the gift tag. “You’re nailing it”, “You’re the balm”, “I love our face time”—the personalization mixed with puns are endless!
When boxed chocolates just don’t make the cut for the health conscious honey on your list, whip up some Galentine’s Day kitchen magic with simply delicious Crazy Good Coconut Oil “Chocolate” Bark. Easy to make with high-quality ingredients, this gluten-free, vegan, no baking required bark will score you some major points.
What You Need:
• 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts
• 1/4 cup raw almonds
• 1/3 cup large flake dried coconut
• 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
• 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder, sifted if necessary
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1 tablespoon smooth almond butter, optional
• pinch fine sea salt
Plastic bags for bark
Ribbon or twine to tie bags
Gift tags (optional)
I like to add dried fruit to this bark for an extra pop of color. Try adding dried chopped cranberries and/or cherries for a festive, deep red color that will compliment the chocolatey and nutty flavoring.
If your gal pals don’t need any more “stuff”, time spent together can be the greatest gift (especially during a calming sweat session). Design mock invitations that invite them to an OM-azing experience. You pick the place. They pick the time!
What You Need:
Type of class suggestions (Vinyasa, Power Flow, etc.)
Funny yoga sayings (“Yogatta get your yoga on with me!”)
Add a few class suggestions to the invite, utilizing the choices in your area via the MINDBODY app. As soon as your Galentine says “yes!”, easily book a class that works for your schedules and workouts! A little Zen goes a long way.
You celebrate your ladies for a reason. Maybe it’s the endless laughs. Their constant support. Or how about their sass? Either way, you’ve made some amazing memories together, so why not celebrate them? Create a mason jar of memories by selecting some of your favorite moments, writing them on strips of paper, then placing them in the jar. It’s that easy! Warning: there might be some happy crying involved.
What You Need:
Mason jar of your choice
Pen / Markers
Include future memories you hope to make with your best babe. It will let her know that you plan to do some pretty special things in the coming days, months, years.
Who said Valentine’s Day is just for significant others? #girlpower
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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