Frozen Hands, Warm Hearts

Angela M Ward
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2 min readMar 1, 2024


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Ah, February.

The month of Valentine’s Day. Chocolates, cards and canoodles. I’ve always looked forward to the chocolate more than anything else — but to each their own! Some find Valentine’s Day overblown, with 6 in 10 women saying it’s overrated. However, it’s still a great time to pause and think about love in all its forms — romantic love aside.

February is also when Black History Month and Family Day (a statutory holiday in most Canadian provinces) happen. It’s also when the snowfall increases and the weather drops in the northern hemisphere, often to a bitterly cold temperature (at least where I live). A time frozen somewhere between the new year and spring.

This is what also makes it a great time to sit back, hibernate and reflect on the different ways we show love and appreciation for ourselves, others and our fellow human beings.

In fact, February originates from the Latin Februarius, from Februa, which refers to the Roman winter festival of spiritual cleansing. This makes February a perfect time to spiritually cleanse, whether that means shedding off stress, spending more time with family and friends, or acknowledging the history and achievements of others. It means facing our past and moving forward with more knowledge, more empathy and more love.

Here are some articles of mine that I think reflect on the broadness of love. We can find it in ourselves, in our friends, family, partners, creative pursuits and even in foreign places.

Seeing Quality Time As Sacred

The Book That Has Forever Changed My Creative Life

Allow Yourself to Travel and See What Happens

Angela ❤️☕️🧤



Angela M Ward
Living & Learning

Communications and digital marketing professional, interested in creativity, personal development and mindful living. Top Writer in Reading.