1. 1. Commit to date night: It doesn’t have to be expensive. Some special, one on one time, with your partner will give you the quiet time you need to reconnect.
2. 2. Shake things up: The best way to get out of a rut is to try something different. If you always eat with the kids, plan a private, candlelit dessert after they’re in bed. If you stay in on weekend, plan a picnic lunch in a local park.
3. Dress to impress: After years of togetherness, it’s easy to take for granted what attracted us to one another in the first place. Wearing a special outfit that makes you feel confident and at your best.
4. Romantic gestures- Small things make a huge difference. Wash your partner’s car. Bake his or her favorite desert. Send a romantic text, hide a love note in your partner’s coat pocket or leave a tender voice mail message. Doing something nice for your partner will show your love.
5. Laugh with each other- It’s the best medicine for bolstering a relationship. Share jokes you heard at work, view funny YouTube videos together, watch a comedy show or movie. The point is to spend time together that is positive and stress-free as often as possible.
6. Take up a new hobby together- It’s never too late to discover new common interests. They’ll bring you closer as you both learn together, helping each other along the way. Take up a new sport, cooking classes, dance lessons, painting, reading the same books and discussing them when finished… there are lots of areas and negotiating which one to choose will be fun.
7. Talk to each other- This seems like something you already do, but it’s surprising what a difference a five to ten minute, dedicated, uninterrupted conversation will have on your relationship. Make tender, physical contact, such as holding hands, as well as maintaining eye contact during your conversation. Focusing on each other, instead of the kids, will reinforce your partnership.
8. Get away from it all- It can be as short as an overnight stay or as long as a vacation, but any time that you spend together, alone and away from home, will make your relationship feel as new and exciting as your environment.
9. Break bad habits- If there is something you do that bothers your partner, there may be a good reason. Quit smoking. Reduce stress. Follow healthier eating and fitness habits. If your partner has pointed these things out to you, then making this change will show that their opinion matters. Better yet, these positive changes will make you feel better about yourself and your relationship.
10. Commit to making this year the best in your relationship- Whether you’ve been together twelve months or twenty years, this is always a worthy goal! Treat your loved one with the kindness and respect they surely deserve, and your thoughtful actions will be returned to you tenfold.
I hope these romantic resolutions help you to have a loving 2014! What romantic resolutions have you tried in the past? Share your experiences in the comment section below, and be entered to win a copy of my Harlequin Heartwarming novel, WISH ME TOMORROW. I’ll announce the winner on my facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/karenrockwrites as well as on this blog post tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Happy New Year everyone J