The Best Day of the Year: Galentine's & Grammy's

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What is Galentine's Day? 

In the words of the fictional (but oh-so-real hero to me) Leslie Knope, "Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas." 

Galentine's Day is about truly, madly, and deeply celebrating the women in your life. Galentine's day is about being able to genuinely celebrate the accomplish and general bad-assery of the gals you roll with. 

A good friend of mine once shared with me that when she was able to reach a headspace where she was openly and genuinely able to celebrate the accomplishments of the people around her, particularly the women, her life became "infinity more exciting." This idea, this practice, is something that's had a huge effect on me, and has stayed with me for a long time. 

That, at it's core, is what Galentine's Day is really about - also frittatas and waffles - but it's about ladies celebrating ladies. It's a day to be intentional in removing the part of our terrible egos or jealousies that prevent us from cheering on other women in our world. 

Ya see, we women have a tendency to try and turn intangibles into tangible commodities. We sometimes navigate our friendships, our workplace, our lives, as if there's "only so much to go around." And ya know what? That's simply not true. When we stop celebrating the beauty, the health, the happiness, the talent of our gal pals, we're not only disabling joy from filling up our own cups - I prefer joy and coffee, of course to start my day - but we also put up walls, walls that prevent women in our lives from celebrating with us. 

Take Adele for example. 

For those of you who didn't watch the Grammy's because you were out partying (or sleeping) you missed some great music, blah, blah, blah, but what you really missed was an amazing and radical display of lady love and sisterly praise just in time for Galentine's eve!

*Spoiler Alert:* Adele won Album of the Year

Adele, who is one of the most amazing, powerful singers of this or any generation, then tells the entire auditorium that not only can she not accept the award, but it should have gone to Beyonce for her album Lemonade. 

Adele then proceeded to ask the press post-Grammy's, "what the F- - - does she have to do to win?" Praising the power and emotional depth of Queen Bey's album which Adele said she felt "blessed" to be able to hear. 

So, that is to say, that if Beyonce (let's not forget when she let Taylor Swift come up and finish the speech Kanye wouldn't let her finish) and Adele, two of the women most deserving of egos can get out of their own way to celebrate the voice, beauty, vulnerability, and magic in each other - than damnit, so can we. 

Today you beautiful landmermaids, I celebrate you! I'm thankful for the women in my life. I'm blessed by your friendships, through your advise, with your wisdom, and humor. I'm thankful that you challenge me and change me, and pop champagne with me! Here's to you, Galentines! 


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