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.
For the last few years, my significant other and I have AGREED that we should not purchase Christmas presents for each other; that we instead should save our money and put it towards practical things for our home or ourselves – smart right?! But apparently, this plan never works.
My partner and I are coming up on our sixth-year anniversary and we are planning a buffet night in. Although this year will be spent at home indulging our taste buds with an extremely wide array of foods (a mash up of choices, mostly his preferences, that don’t necessarily go together, I might add), it is important to recognize that you don’t need to go out to enjoy each other’s company – you just need bonding time. I’ll outline a few things below that have worked for our relationship and keeps our bond strong.
So aside from my surprise proposal on August 12th, I found out shortly afterwards that my work trip was non-existent and that we would be spending the next two days together in San Francisco. My fiancé had planned a variety of activities for us and also allocated some free time in terms of our schedule, and I was over-the-top excited (for obvious reasons)! This post is loaded with picture content!
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