The Valentine’s Day Challenge

There are red hearts, discounted chocolates and unrealistic expectations everywhere I go… I can’t avoid it. So, I’m forced to think about love and my relationships, including the most important one  – with myself. Yes, it goes up and down and changes (for the better) with time. I’ve realized that more than ever the only way to fulfill my potential is by loving myself and paying more attention to self-care – a hard realization for someone who is their own worst critic and ‘people pleaser’.

My advice for Valentine’s Day – you must first love yourself before you love another. So here is my Valentine’s Day Challenge: after a long day (away from all your different identities and labels), find a silent moment and connect with your inner world. Celebrate yourself, all your gifts, achievements, lessons learned and the wonderful work in progress you are. Then take a bubble bath and watch a movie!

And whether you’re celebrating alone or with others, here are some movies to watch for all ages. Let us know your favorites:

The Notebook

If you want to cry uncontrollably and be in love with Allie and Noah, watch this classic movie again. Based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook will capture you in its sweeping and emotional force.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

A sweet teenage romance about how writing love letters to all of the boys you ever loved is a great way to heal yourself, and make your life complicated.

Crazy Rich Asians

A beautiful, colorful and unrealistic tale where money can’t buy love. You’ll find out how dating a rich guy can really complicate things.


A movie about change, chocolate, magic and love. And yes, you can eat chocolate while watching.

Before Sunrise

You will fall in love with Celine and Jesse who meet on a train and impulsively decide to jump off together in Vienna. They know they have only one night.

Choose your own and use secret codes on Netflix:

From classic comedies to coming-of-age romance, The Daily Mail has uncovered the latest batch of Netflix codes for all the movies to celebrate the Valentine’s day:





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