On this Valentine’s Day and every day: how to date yourself

We make the effort with other people. Why shouldn’t we do the same for ourselves?

• In partnership with John Reamer and Associates

I’ve been planning it for a week. There will be a blanket, a bottle of wine, cheese and charcuterie — the makings of a romantic picnic under the almond trees of my favorite park, and none of the typical distractions to keep me from spending quiet, quality time with the person I’ve become so loyal to over the years:

Myself.