Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Tip #4: Ideas for Building Successful Relationships

Matt and I did a lot of cute things for each other when we first started dating. I would surprise him with cookies at work. He would leave a CD for me on my car windshield. I would cut out photos of myself and stick them to things. He would stick stamps on photos of himself and mail them to me.

But I don't want to lose that kind of cuteness just because we're three years into our relationship. That kind of cuteness--hey, I like you so much I'm going to exert some time and energy to come up with something creative to make you smile--should never go away.

I think it's important, however, to give ourselves permission to make something a little less than oue very best. If we're always putting our all into all our creative side projects, we won't be able to fit as many into our lives.

For example, Matt is out of town right now. When he returns on Thursday, I'll be out of town. I made cookies this morning to bring to a lunch with a friend, so I went ahead and set aside three of them for Matt. Then I took two seconds to write on sticky notes. Voila! It certainly isn't my most ingenious or creative effort, but it's the thought that counts.

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