- Wednesday, 4 February 2015 -

Love Is...

Hello you lovely lot! You're probably wondering where I've been hiding this past while as things have been a little quiet over here in Claireland. Haunted by foreboding university deadlines, my brain's been humming a constant tune of eat, sleep, work, repeat. However, this week I finally bid farewell to my finalised assignments and warmly welcomed sweet, sweet freedom, with my fingers poised over the keyboard, eager to flex my blogging muscles once again. With January buzzing past in a blur of post-Christmas blues, it's hard to believe that it's February already - and February can only mean one thing: lovey dovey Valentine's Day.

Some of you singletons may moan at the thought of the stores painted red and the streets strewn with gushy couples, practically rubbing your face in it. But to me, Valentine's Day is more than a capitalist conspiracy concocted by the card companies, it's not just a day of worship to your significant other, but a day brimming with love. Love is...

The warmth that fills you when brought a cup of tea without having asked for it in the first place

Arriving home from a long day's work to a very excited pet, who you'd think hadn't seen you in years

The mutual understanding of friends who haven't seen each other in ages, yet can pick up right where they left off when reunited

When people know you so well, they can identify when you're upset and having a bad day before even you do - and remedying it with a hug

Becoming so immersed in a book, and loving the characters like you would real people, that you feel an emotional emptiness when it's over

The silent promise of being cared for unconditionally when you're ill, and being ready, that at the drop of a hat you'd do the exact same (and yes, I am taking about my girls holding my hair back for me when I'm drunk)

The unexplainable glow that grows inside you when you're surrounded by friends and family on Christmas Day, feeling like you'd bottle this moment if you could

Spooning - enough said

Reflecting on a good day right before you go to sleep, and feeling yourself smile right before sleep carries you off

When you're having a really ugly day and feeling completely off your game, until someone kindly compliments you and your faith in humanity is restored

What is love to you?

  1. Claire this post was beautiful. I have a long term boyfriend (we're celebrating our 6 year anniversary in a few weeks!) and even I personally get a little bit bored of people talking about love in terms of a relationship. It's SO nice to see someone recognise that love comes in so many different forms and they're all so wonderful. This post put such a smile on my face, so thank you for that!

    Also, congrats on finishing your assignments! Bet that's an amazing feeling! I've got another 5/6 weeks until my dissertation is due and I CAN. NOT. WAIT. Haha!

    Much love xxxxxxxxx

    Rhianna | robowecop

  2. I LOVE this for a start! I'm so with you on that feeling you get after reading a great book - I really miss the characters sometimes and don't feel right until I'm fully immersed in another! xo

  3. Yes Claire. Everything about this post is so freakin' great. Xx

  4. I was eating mini eggs and when I was looking at them they reminded me of you for some reason, then this popped up! haha

  5. Aw this post has made me feel all mushy <3 I think love is, for me, being able to be yourself around a person and them accepting you, flaws and all :)

    Dannie x

  6. This was such a sweet post, Claire and I hope you get a break from uni soon, I can remember those days and I only graduated in June last year so thoughts with you, you can do it! I love the list you came up with and I think that love for me is that warm, fuzzy feeling that can be for anyone from friends to family and your partner - it just makes you feel close to them wherever they are! - Tasha

  7. Awh this has made me feel all warm and fuzzy and like I need to go and eat something very very sour to offset it. I've just finished all my exams for this uni semester, and next term starts on Monday, so I can def sympathise with the uni stress! Love to me is knowing that I have the full support of my family and friends, no matter what crazy ideas I have, and that they have my full support for theirs.

    little miss fii || Fii x

  8. This is such a cute post! I agree with the spooning :') And I hope you done okay in all your exams!! :) xx

  9. this is such a great post! It's so lovely to see people talking about love that isn't just romantic love... As much as I love my boyfriend, I love so many more people too!

    And, now you've made me crave Mini Eggs!


  10. Lovely post :) x


  11. This is such a beautiful post! Love to me is those moments where it feels like time stops :D

  12. Aww, Claire this was such an adorable post! <3 <3 <3

    She Will Be

  13. The feels. I love this post, it basically sums up what makes me happy. When I think of love I always think of the time that my boyfriend and I had planned to make dinner together (after I'd had a nap) but instead he let me sleep and made it all by himself. Too sweet x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

  14. I love this post! I plan on doing a valentines themed post myself this week or so, and I'm so glad someone else feels the same about valentines as me! It's not just for couples and it's not just a commercial thing if you make the most of it! :) lovely post miss!
    Jemma xx

  15. This is gorgeous, I wrote a valentines post last year about all the little things that love is in my little marriage...I think I'm so narcissistic that I didn't even think about all of the other kinds of love! Especially that of an old friend you haven't seen in age.
    M x Life Outside London

  16. This made me all warm inside :) what is better than a day dedicated to love. We get so caught up in our busy lives that is nice to sit back and hang out with those who mean the most to us for a day.
    Lovely post :)

    Nancy x

  17. Ahh this is so lovely! Definitely a reminder to sit and think about all the love we all have rather than feeling jilted things. Big smile on my face now :) xx

  18. Aw these are lovely! Definitely little bits of love that makes us happier each day. These posts always remind me to compliment people more as well, makes their day! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog