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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

30 Day Valentine Challenge

8:00 AM

This challenge was completely inspired by the fabulous Chanel Ellis, who has a 31 day challenge for the single folks.   This inspired me to create one for those of us who are in relationships.  My husband and I haven't celebrated Valentine's for years.  Well, at least not in the traditional sense.  I always ask for the same thing: dinner and to not have to clean up afterwards.  It doesn't matter what's for dinner.  We have enough stuff.  In fact, we probably have too much stuff, so we do things a little differently. 

That being said, it's easy to get so caught up in Valentine's Day being a "Hallmark" holiday that we can miss out on the opportunity to show the person we love just how important they are.  So, on Tuesdays, I'll be posting a week long Valentine's Challenge.   A few things that will cost you nearly nothing financially, but have potential huge gains.


Week 1 - Gratitude


Day 1: Tuesday 1/15 - Put It In Writing 
 Write that special someone a note.  Yes, write.  With your hands.  Tuck it into someplace they're sure to find it.  In their lunch bag, in the book they're reading, on the dashboard of their car.  It doesn't have to be long, just a little something to let them know that you're thinking about them. If you don't have access to them physically, a text or email can work, but make it different that the correspondence you usually send.

Day 2: Wednesday 1/16 - Say Thank You
 It's so easy to take things for granted.  Does your special someone do something for you every day that you've managed to overlook?  Do they take out the garbage?  Warm up your car?  Lay on your side of the bed so it's not freezing when you get in? Feed the dog?  What ever it is, however how small it may seem, they are doing something for you that makes your life easier.  Take a moment, look into their eyes and say "thank you".  Don't assume they know you appreciate them.

Day 3: Thursday 1/17 - Sing
 Everyone has a song that makes them smile.  Music has a way of moving us when nothing else can.  For example, Neyo's "Sexy Love" sounds like sunshine.  I can be in the worst mood ever and that song can come on and change everything.  Create your own "Say Anything" moment.  It's okay to embarrass yourself a little.  You don't have to be good at singing, you just have to put in the effort.

Day 4: Friday 1/18 - Kiss
 Yep, it's that simple.  Not that "hi, I've been looking at you every day for 10 years" kiss.  A real one.  The kind where you look into each others eyes and then the magic happens and the earth moves. Lasting more than a few seconds. 

Day 5: Saturday 1/19 - Encourage Them
 Has the love of your life been itching to try a new recipe, or a new sport or pick up a new hobby?  Encourage them to do so.   Give them the support they need to be a better "them" which will in turn create a better "us".

Day 6: Sunday 1/20 -  Help
  We all need help sometime.  So step in without asking.  Help them bring in the groceries, or fold the laundry or something else that they usually do solo.

Day 7: Monday 1/21 - Run Game
 Take a few minutes to tell them how you really feel.  Not a quick "love you", but the "you mean the world to me" game you used to run on them back in the day.  You remember, those lines you used to drop to get him/her to spend the night?  Or could get you virtually anything you wanted?  That game, dust it off and use it.

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