Traditionally, women are thought of as being the mooshy ones – the more “romantic” of the two. Women are the ones who love rom-com movies, who like to snuggle, who plan and cook fancy dinners, who remember all of the special dates, and put their partner’s needs before their own. I’m confident in saying that this stereotype is not true, especially not in my own relationship.
Having lived with my now husband for five years this year, I think I have had a decent amount of exposure to the complex inner-workings of boy brains. Each one unique and a mystery though they are, we as women can only begin to fathom understanding the tip of this iceberg…
If you have a significant other in your life and/or co-habitat together, then you have likely discussed starting some shared traditions. Even if you aren’t a couple (close friends, roommates, siblings, etc.), traditions can be adopted in all relationship types and for many reasons.
For those of you who are in a relationship (or who are at least considering one), I've decided to share a list of 50+ questions that my now husband and I asked each other at the 6 month mark - wayyy back in January 2012. I honestly don't remember where these questions originated from and take zero credit for writing them. Very likely, they are a combination of relationship building questions found online in 2012, plus a few of our my own questions. So here are the important questions that were asked in 'the beginning'. The ones that put things in perspective and set a foundation for our relationship and that you might find personally useful for yours.
I thought I would write this week about really opening up to those close to you. Most of us wear our ‘professional face’ for the majority of our interactions with colleagues, acquaintances, strangers and even friends, displaying “social acceptable behavior, opinions and attitudes”. But there are a few select individuals, namely close friends and family, who have seen what you are truly capable of - the crazy and truly outspoken side; a select few who have been exposed to the silly and sometimes bizarre side of your personality…
There’s nothing like getting a surprise from your Boo, especially a nice one. Being in a successful relationship undoubtedly must include acts of kindness and thoughtfulness towards your partner. It can be something as simple as making dinner when you know s/he is working late or something that involves a little more planning… like a day or weekend trip somewhere secret! It’s all part of the surprise and it keeps day-to-day life fun and spontaneous.
When you become an item and enter into a relationship, you are expected to (and should want to) spend a lot of time together. By being around your loved one, you have the privilege of getting to know him/her better while building memories and developing routines together. However, it is also important to be able to function independently while still being in each other’s presence. This is something we do well.
Anyone who has been in a relationship for at least a few months knows that over time, you get more comfortable with one another. However, my experience tells me that men also become more daring, testing their partner’s tolerance here and there or pushing certain buttons to see which ones produce a certain result. Through personal experience, I would like to share my tales of woe resulting from the loving prankster in my life.
We are all familiar with haircuts, men with short hair more-so because they have to have it trimmed more frequently. Going every 3-4 weeks for a haircut can get expensive [plus the wife has to touch it up nearly every time], so we decided to give it a go at home.
As many couples have experienced, Valentines can be a little… crazy! The gifts, the flowers, the advance dining reservations – it’s quite a process and it’s VERY competitive. Everyone in North America knows that Valentines, though quite lovely, is a mass marketed occasion that costs most a pretty penny annually. But February 14 isn't the only day to celebrate your special someone.
I’m working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to explore beyond the border. Sharing my tips, trips, opinions and rants on life and travel in the meantime.