Simple ways to keep that spark in your relationshipWritten by Johann Erickson
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You can even re-arrange furniture in your bedroom to give it a more alluring effect. Ask a neighbor or family member to watch kids for an evening and when your spouse walks in have a trail of roses or chocolates leading them to a bubble bath. Have candles lit in bathroom and give them a gentle massage while they are bathing. Then lead them into re-arrange bedroom where you have prepared a small nice dinner on floor, picnic style. Use candles in bedroom as well. This will bring some romance back into your life and also some much needed relaxation. Soft music playing in background is another added touch.
Use your imagination; you know what kinds of things your partner likes, or use to like before kids, bills and stress at work. Plan activities that you both use to enjoy and enjoy them again. Nothing is as important as love that you have for one another. Do not let anything come between what you have ahead of you with this person that you dearly love. Remember why you choose this person and work from there. Find out why you are in a rut or what has changed. Talk all of these items over with one another. You can have romance back, it may take time, but they are worth it.
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How Being Intentional Makes You HappyWritten by Lisa Martin, PCC
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2. Take Action
Knowing what you want is only half equation. You must strike a plan to make it happen. If your intention is to have a relaxing, sun-filled vacation with your family, you need to share this vision with your family and take desired steps to make it a reality. It is important to list actions items that must take place. Then start checking them off, one by one...with some help, of course.
3. Solicit Support
Whatever you've got planned for you and/or your family, make sure you resist urge to take on all action steps yourself. In fact, be intentional about not doing it all. If your ideal family vacation has been imagined and steps that need to be taken to realize it listed, then now's time to get right support to execute your plan. Maybe you need a travel agent, maybe your partner can research hotels, maybe kids can start packing their bags. The point is to share load and everyone becomes inspired and happier as a result.
Lisa Martin, PCC, is the author of Briefcase Moms: 10 Proven Practices to Balance Working Mothers’ Lives. A working mother with 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience, she is the founder and president of Briefcase Moms®, an international coaching and personal development company. Subscribe to her free newsletter at: www.briefcasemoms.com