Valentine’s Day Angst?

Posted February 6, 2013 by Michele Cocouture in Life After Five
Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays and perhaps the one that evokes the strongest feelings whether you are coupled-up or couple-less.   This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday – a work day.  Though I am married now, I am writing this article from my many years of being couple-less at the office on this day of love.

From the time you arrive at the office, the phone will buzz from the receptionist for your co-workers to pick up their beautiful flowers, large box of chocolates or heart shaped balloons that just arrived for them.  As you watch them dash out of their desk and come back with a big grin on their face, you wish your computer monitor was larger so that you could hide behind it.  Sound familiar?

There is nothing wrong with being single.  You need to be single to learn about yourself before you can become a couple.  You can establish your career, you can go back to school and you can do whatever you want on your own terms (from personal experience).  You are after all an independent and smart career girl!

So single ladies out there, here are 5 ways to avoid the Valentine’s Day angst at work:

  • Dinner party – host a Valentine’s dinner party for you and your single friends.  You can cook together, drink wine and laugh and share your single dating adventures.
  • Chocolates – indulge yourself.  Why not buy yourself a box of goodies?  Or better yet wait until the day after and get them half off.
  • Shopping (or another activity) – doing an activity will keep your mind occupied.  I like to shop but you could go for a hike, do the DYI project you haven’t gotten around to, paint your room, redecorate.
  • Cocktails – you can’t go wrong with cocktails!  Check whether there are local meet-ups for singles on Valentines Day or happy hours for singles.  Chances are there are a lot of others in the same situation.
  • Dress the part – put on your best Valentines Day outfit and be who you are.  It’s just another day at the office.  Be thankful for what you have and what you can accomplish knowing that you did it on your own!

About the Author

Michele Cocouture

Michele is a goal oriented and overachieving career gal, style blogger and artist. She spends her days negotiating acquisitions for a Fortune 500 company. Seeking a creative outlet, Michele combined her business savvy with her love of fashion and started a personal style blog with the goal of inspiring other career women one pencil skirt at a time. Michele holds a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. Learn more about Michele's style by visiting her blog at or you can follow her on