February Checklist: Things You Gotta Do

Officially a month and some days into 2015, y’all! Congrats, safe to say we’ve beaten blizzards and taken on some of our New Years resolutions. And Groundhog Day 2015: Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter. Checklist your datebook with these cool dates, so take advantage of each and every day of this short month.

1. Celebrate Black History Month all throughout February.
Thanks to the internets, there are endless resources to help you get educated during Black History Month. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after theThirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

2. International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. (February 6)
This is a UN-sponsored awareness day. It is an effort to make the world aware of female genital mutilation (also called female genital mutilation or FGM) and to promote its eradication. Follow #endfgm to raise awareness and add your voice!

3. Finally get rid of that college Lit paper on Clean Out Your Computer Day. (February 9)
We know it’s been on your to-do list for forever, so thank goodness there’s an official day to get it done. Go through your old docs, photos, and floppy dics, saving whatever’s important on your Dropbox. Organize yo life!

4. Grab your gals and go see Fifty Shades of Grey. (February 13)
While it’s not exactly the ROM-COM you usually check out on V*Day, we won’t tell anyone if you’ve secretly already bought tickets to the midnight showing. NO SHAME HERE! Also, I will watch any movie at the AMC Theaters next door because they have recliner chairs. RECLINER CHAIRS!

5. Throw on your favorite sultry (mine is called: WICKED) lipstick and eat as many chocolate-covered strawberries this Valentine’s. (February 14)
Whether it’s your beau, your BFF, your parents, or your mailman, tell someone today how much you love them and how happy you are to have them in your life! (Sending something from the heart will just about make anyone melt)

6. Pay homage on Presidents Day. (February 16)
Celebrate by paying for your chi latte’s entirely in one dollar bills or simply reading up one of our country’s most celebrated leaders. I plan on dusting off my of 1776 by David McCullough and refresh my memory. So, go brush up on our history and learn a lil something.

7. Random Acts of Kindness Day. (February 17)
Leave a nice note for your BFF, buy an extra coffee for your co-worker, or even hold the door open for one extra stranger. A simple act of kindness goes a long way in making someone else’s day better AND will add to your day being extra-AWESOME!

8. YAY for colorful beads and king cake for Mardi Gras. (February 17)
Even if you’re not anywhere near a parade (or New Orleans), it’s a mid-winter excuse to celebrate with your friends and indulge in some sweet treats.

9. Lent Starts: Ash Wednesday. (February 18)
40 Days, y’all! Lent is a forty-day period of time that proceeds the Catholic holiday commonly called Easter. During this time, observers, like myself, tend to give up something they like (such as a food, like meat or a form of secular entertainment, like television) essentially as a form of “fasting” for the purposes of getting closer to God or for penance. OR you can take up something positive, such as do one act of kindness every day or contact a friend or loved one every day.

10. International Mother Language Day. (February 21)
This totally legit day is an observance held worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Respect your mother tongue or someone else’s.

11. Watch all your favorite actresses earn some well-deserved recognition at the 87th Academy Awards. (February 22)
All of your girl crushes coming together for a night of fabulous dresses and inspiring speeches—what could be better? Got my eyes trained on the Shondaland Gals! #HTGAWM


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