A new year brings new goals!
People often make new year resolutions for themselves, but not many make them as a couple. Just as you have individual goals, you and your sweetheart should have goals for your relationship. If this sounds like a good idea to you, but are unsure where to start, here are some examples to get you started.
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1. More date nights
Having a set date night each week is a great goal to have. Date nights help keep you adventurous, and bring romance back into the relationship. Date nights are a great time to get to know your significant other even better, and can add some fun into your week. The dates can be anything; going to dinner, movies, mini golf, or even a game night. Remember, it doesn't have to be extravagant.
2. Learn a new skill together
Learning something new is an amazing goal to have on your own. Learning something new together is even better! Try to pick something neither of you have ever done, and encourage each other as you go. While this may seem like a difficult goal, if you pick something you both have an interest in, that interest should keep you on track.
3. Go for walks
We all want to be healthier, but setting intense health goals can sometimes be setting yourself up for failure. Going for walks together is a much more attainable health goal that is perfect for any relationship. Walking together is a great way to talk more, be together, and be in nature all at once. You can get in shape while spending more time with your sweetie. It’s a win-win!
4. Less time on screens
We all know that we should be off our devices more often, but it can be a hard habit to kick. Using each other as motivation can be a big help. If you see your loved one glued to their screen, suggest doing something together instead. Be kind in your reminders, and do your best to keep each other on track.
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5. Take more adventures together
Most people associate traveling with extravagant and expensive trips. But going on adventures doesn't have to equal spending a lot of money! Chances are no matter where you live, there is something interesting to do no farther than an hour away. There may even be something new to do in your own town. Getting out of your normal routine to do something adventurous can be therapeutic and rejuvenating. And who better to do it with than your sweetheart? This goal is easy and fun as long as you make time for it.
6. Speak each other’s love language
We all give love and receive love differently. Understanding the way your partner receives love and then acting on it is a wonderful goal. What goal could be better than to love each other more? That is essentially what this goal is about. By speaking each other's love language, you are showing love to your partner. Make sure you make your own love language known as well. Love should be given, and received.
7. Improve your communication
It’s always important to communicate well with your partner, but is also something that could always use improvement. This may seem hard to achieve, especially if it's something you are already working on. But the best way to start on any goal is to start small. For example, if your partner does something that upsets you, just let them know it rather than giving them the silent treatment. Communication doesn’t have to be hard, it just requires being open with one another.
8. Support each other's (separate) goals
As important as it is to have “couple” goals, having individual goals is just as important. Any goal is easier to achieve when you have someone holding you accountable. By supporting one another and keeping up with each other's goals, you stand a chance at actually achieving them. It shows your significant other that you care, and that you will be there for them.
9. Write letters to each other
In a world of texting and phone calls, writing letters has become a dead art. Writing letters to each other is a romantic way of showing your love. You can do this no matter what stage in the relationship you are in. If you are living together, leave the letter somewhere your sweetheart will see it. If you live apart, mail it! It’s old fashioned, but a very sweet reminder of your love.
10. Check in with each other
Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives, we forget the people who matter most. It’s easy to think only of ourselves when we are under stress, or not feeling our best. But it’s also important to remember that your loved one may be feeling the same way, and needs to be checked up on. Checking in on each other from time to time, or even day to day, is a wonderful way to let your partner know that you are there for them. If you are needing this, let your partner know.
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