You’ve made it past Christmas and, in front of you and your spouse is an entirely new year. No one knows what the future may hold, but planning is always a good thing.
As you and your spouse look back over the past year and even years beyond that, you should be able to find missed opportunities—missed chances if you will, that were overlooked, that would otherwise bring you closer together.
It’s so sad when we hear in the daily news, stories of lost loved ones and other tragedies. Were there some missed opportunities that you and your spouse missed to love each other? Did you take each other for granted? Did you pass on that much deserved vacation or romantic getaway?
So much emphasis has been placed on monetary and material items that we’ve forgotten how to give and receive love. Around the world, people are losing homes, jobs, cars and other material possessions, when all that really matters is staring us in the face.
Why not make 2012 the year that you stop taking your spouse for granted and live? Existing, settling, or getting along is not the same as living.
My challenge to you is to plan for 2012; to make your spouse a higher priority in your life. Because, after all, at the end of the day, that’s all we really have.
In addition to taking trips, whether short or extended, there are several things for couples to do right here in the Piedmont Triad. And, who says you can’t do things around the house? These things cost little or no money at all, yet the time spent together can be priceless.
Here are some things that couples can do to keep that fire going or rekindle the flame in their relationship:
· Attend a day spa together. Get a massage or a mani/pedi. Balance Day Spa was voted Best Day Spa in the Triad for 2011. They frequently have daily and weekly specials. How luscious for you and your spouse to receive a Hot Chocolate Facial. Yummy!
· Although many of us wished for a white Christmas here in the Triad, it didn’t happen. The weather has been pleasant this winter. And although there is a brisk chill in the air, why not bundle up with your spouse and take a walk through one of the Triad’s many beautiful parks. The Greensboro Arboretum is the perfect park for a leisurely excursion. Its beauty lasts all year long.
· Do you and your spouse like seafood? Arigato’s is one of Greensboro’s premiere Japanese steak and seafood houses. The popular restaurant only serves dinner and the ambiance is very pleasant. With a wide array of options and a modestly priced menu, you and your spouse are sure to find something that you’ll love.
· Like word games? Why not play a game of Scrabble with your spouse. Wal-Mart has the popular game for sale ranging from $7 – $50, while Amazon has the game for sale, ranging from $5 – $100. Don’t want to make the purchase? How about Words with Friends? This popular game can be played online and on your mobile device. Just don’t get caught playing it on an airplane upon take-off.
· Online discount sites such as Groupon and Living Social have special deals for couples such as, massages, spa packages, wine tastings and lodging, Kenyan Safari and Bed and Breakfast retreats.
· Lastly, why not just lock yourselves in the house, turn up the fire, make a cup of cocoa and watch a movie. New titles due out on DVD are Kung Fu Panda 2, Colombiana, or settle for a classic like Something’s Gotta Give, with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.
· Talk. It’s amazing how something so simple can bring two people together. Remember to use your inside voices and stay away from controversial topics.
These ideas are only a few things that you and your spouse can do to keep love alive and spend quality time together. Start a tradition and stick with it for as long as you have each other.
I wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year!