A Valentine’s Day Celebration That Has Nothing To Do With Romance And Everything To Do With Love

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

Whatcha doing on Valentine’s Day? Are you dreading it because you are either single or in a relationship that isn’t working? This week’s Love Essentially column might help. It offers a different perspective on Valentine’s Day, and why not caring about romance, and focusing on your BFF’s will bring you happiness and a lovely day!

How one woman created the perfect Valentine’s Day to capture the importance of female friendship by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day.

On one hand, Feb. 14 is a great day to show your spouse, your kids and other loved ones that you care about and appreciate them. On the other, when it comes to romantic relationships, there’s pressure involved with gift-giving and/or planning the day.



What should I get him or her that won’t be disappointing or too over-the-top? What if he or she gets me something really nice and my gift doesn’t compare? Those questions are stressful.

Furthermore, Valentine’s Day can be a slap in the face for those who aren’t in a romantic relationship. They can be a harsh reminder of a bad breakup, cause someone to relive the disappointment or frustration of dating sites, or bring up the sadness of feeling unattached and lonely.

But there’s a Valentine’s Day celebration that takes place on the North Shore every year that has nothing to do with romance, and everything to do with love. (Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press)

Like this article? Check out, “This Valentine’s Day, Try a Little Thoughtfulness”


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Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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