OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m not sure whether it is that I was single for so long in my twenties and thirties or if being home more and living a simpler life has changed me, but I just find Valentines day so overrated.

It really concerns me when I see people buying overpriced, under quality flowers on their credit cards that are already maxed, when truly what we need is time.

Time to notice one another, time to reflect, taking time back to love one another with intention and purpose.

My Radio message for this month, is all about love in our everyday.

I want to be a better lover, when I am tired and cranky, when I am isolated and lonely. I want to show and give love not only to my family, but my friends and my neighbours.

Love is not cheap.

It is also not bought online with a ribbon tied around it.

Love is costly and timely and it is hard work.

A quick buy from the shops on the way home from work is not going to gird your friendships and relationships in love. Time and intention, noticing and listening, patience and kindness will.

Now these are the things I will be challenging myself with this Thursday, the 14th.

Chocolates, flowers and consumerism; Overrated.

Some might say today is Valentines day, but for me its thursday.

Speak soon


About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth