Valentine’s Day, A Short History

My grandparents were married on Valentines Day in 1947 before it was the ‘cool’ thing to do. They remained committed to one another until her death in 2019.

It’s surprising to find that kind of commitment in today’s fast paced society.

Valentines Day always reminds me of their commitment to one another and it’s also a reminder of what I hope to find eventually. I’m committed to my business and raising my daughter which doesn’t leave much time for anything else.

For most, expectations come with Valentine’s Day.

A day to shower your lover with roses, chocolates and a Hallmark Card… Commercials and advertisements are everywhere! Deliberately pulling at the heart strings of everyone woman in the effort of convincing guilt-ridden husbands to grab trinkets at the gas station on the rush home from work.

Valentines Day looks different from where I’m standing.

Want to know a little known fact about me?

I filed for divorce on Valentines Day. My daughter was almost a year old and I was exhausted. But I didn’t have the strength to go through a divorce at the time.

I filed again in 2017 and my divorce was officially decreed on the 16th of February 2018.

Discovering your are Happily Divorced

After any loss in life, you must find yourself instead of getting lost in your grief. Mourn the death of a changed future. Give yourself time and when you’re ready, you’ll start to dream again.

Find the reasons to be thankful for the lessons you’ve learned. Put the past where it belongs and move forward.

It’s a long road to finding happiness but it’s important to find value within yourself!

Celebrate the person you’ve become.

This week, among the turmoil that exists in our current world, I am going to focus on how thankful I am for my freedom.

It wasn‘t free. Everything in life comes at a cost.

What will you give up tomorrow by holding yourself back today?

xoxo adrienne signing off


the Photographer

Adrienne Maples


Kansas City photographer, Adrienne Maples, weaves together powerful narratives with her photographs to create mood and evoke emotion.


She's an AI enthusiast, passionate about teaching others how to use technology responsibly for the greater good. Known for her 'spunk & pizazz', she directs from behind her camera, finding impromptu designing to transform mediocrity into the extraordinary.


She a board member of AIGA and KCAC. As a committee member of KCDW, she organized the 2024 talks: The A.I. Asset, Creator as Curator.

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