Life can be hard. Relationships can be hard. However, life and relationships are also a beautiful gift!! It’s a known fact that one of the best medicines in life is a good laugh!! For me it’s important to make time for my family and friends, to build memories, have fun and a good laugh, even through the hard seasons of life.
One of my favourite relationships in my life is my amazing boyfriend, Coops!! We both lead very busy lives but we also want to prioritise our relationship with each other too. So other than our fun spontaneous visits and hanging out with our families and groups of friends, we have a ‘date night’ once a week (or at least this is our aim…flexibility is our friend too!!)
Coops learned of this great idea for “date night” from his mentor – “Dating through A-Z!!” We took this on board in our relationship this year and it’s really helped us to be creative and make an effort for each other, showing we care for one another while having lots of fun in the process of organizing and being on the receiving end of the surprise date too. It’s always fun to have something to look forward to!
So, what does this look like? Well, we alternate organising the date and whoever organises the date, pays for the date. This helps us both to be creative and it’s not overwhelming to organise all the dates! It also helps our pockets too as we can make it as cheap or as expensive as our budget allows for each week! It’s been fun to incorporate ideas/places that are meaningful and significant to us, letting us learn more about each other as we do life together.
A-Z Dates so far…
Awesome gourmet burgers in Albert Park (including my favourite “Avocado) and watched an amazing film…Avatar in 3D at Skycity Cinemas.
Balloon theme! Clues for each idea for the date were inside the balloon and had to be worked out in order to move onto the next part of the evening. Lots of encouraging B words were put inside a bundle of balloons too and the other person had to put together the paragraph! (This turned out to be harder than I thought!! So Baking and B treats were given to make up for this. (There always seems to be a chocolate bar for every letter of the alphabet.) Bike riding around the Beaches from Okahu Bay to St Helliers Bay and up Bastion Point followed with dinner at my favourite Bar and Bistro – “Reservoir” . We finished off with Banoffie Pie and a movie.
Candlelight dinner followed by experiencing the amazing “Chocolate Boutique” store in Parnell. We went “caminando” (a Spanish word meaning ‘to walk’). Coops lived in Argentina and speaks Spanish fluently so Spanish is often added into the vocab of our relationship! After all that Chocolate we went up North Head in Devonport and ended up relaxing back home on the couch watching a complete dud of a movie, so we found the good old Cosby show and had some good laughs!!!!
Dominos pizza and hitting it out at the Driving Range ending with a walk down in the Domain (having very interesting talks) and delicious Dunkin Donuts for Dessert!!
Eggs Benedict cooked by my personal handsome chef Coops, and thanks to the flexibility of my man he put aside other ‘E’ plans to help me study for my Personal Trainer EXAM!!!
Fondue at ‘Fit4Life!’ (This is cooking fish, chicken, steak and vegetables in oil). We were given Flowers from some lovely friends/cousins to enjoy for our table setting! Later we watched a Film snacking on Frozen yoghurt and Fingers (choc) for a treat!
You may like to try this idea in a different way. For example, try it from Z-A or spell out a special word/phrase that’s meaningful to you both or use your names/surnames, Initials…the list is endless!! Also this idea doesn’t have to be exclusive to dating relationships, it’s something you could do with your husband/wife, daughter/son, niece/nephew, granddaughter/grandson and even just with your best mate to have some fun and build great memories together enriching your friendships and life!
So my encouragement to you is to have FUN with it!!!