We had a fun Leap Year last year, but now we are back to the year’s regular old shortest month. That doesn’t mean we won’t fill it with fun and some great holidays. These celebrations also offer us some time for self-reflection and possibly even self-improvement. Let’s continue that New Year New You attitude and really embrace the roots of these valuable commemorations.
National Freedom Day – February 1st
We’ve been through a lot the last few months…okay, all of 2020 and then some. These times called on us to come together, to remember who we are and the core ideals that bind us. One of those ideals is freedom. And today of all days, take a moment to remember what we are working toward and that we are all striving for it together.
Groundhog Day – February 2nd
Feel like we’ve done this before? Yep. But let’s hope we get the same outcome – no shadow and an early spring. Not to say that spring came particularly early last year, but it’s fun anyway. This holiday is always a great way to kick off February, and definitely our favorite animal-centric holiday.
Valentine’s Day – February 14th
While we’ve been talking about self-love and care around this holiday in our newsletter, today is the day to spread the love to those around you. While it is always nice to get some flowers and a card (or chocolates!), simply sharing a kind word or expressing your gratitude for someone in your life can be just as important.
Ash Wednesday – February 17th
A day of repentance, this sacred Christian holiday marks the first day of Lent, six weeks of fasting and abstinence. While Lent is a much larger and longer observance, it is customary for those celebrating Ash Wednesday to place a mark or cross of ashes on their forehead today.
World Thinking Day – February 22nd
We love exercising our brain and doing some mental strengthening here at Arbor Springs. So we were thrilled to discover this more obscure holiday. Put on those thinking caps and do some of those mind exercises from our previous newsletters.
American Heart Month
While we celebrate this month each year, heart health is a daily journey that we all are on. Be sure you are watching your diet and getting enough exercise as well as taking appropriate preventive measures around things such as blood pressure, diabetes, and warning signs for heart issues.
Black History Month
Our country continues to struggle with its historical and present treatment of Black Americans. While this can seem removed and often something that exists outside our immediate personal circle, we are all part of striving for a more perfect union. Today, learn more about Black history in America and how the actions of the past have impacted today.