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9 Unique Ways to Surprise Your Spouse for a Special Occasion

9 Unique Ways to Surprise Your Spouse for a Special Occasion

If you’re thinking about doing something special for your spouse, why not surprise them? Whether it’s their birthday, your anniversary, or just a normal day that you’d like them to feel loved, consider any of these ways to surprise them.

Birthday

1. Surprise Birthday Party

Though this is a pretty common way to celebrate a birthday, it is always a favorite. You may choose to keep the party small and invite guests into your home, or you can go all out and book a restaurant. Make sure to plan it according to her taste, to ensure that she will not be uncomfortable. Break out the decorations and party hats for a birthday they’ll never forget.

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2. Schedule a Special Delivery

Don’t make them wait to feel special. Let your spouse know that you are thinking about them when they are not expecting it. Order something special to be delivered to their work like flowers, chocolates, or any other kind of birthday gift that they can enjoy.

3. Act Like Kids Again

The day-to-day hustle and bustle of adult life can get pretty stale, and take a hint when your spouse reminisces about their childhood. Plan a birthday party that involves the things that they loved as a child, be it swimming, activities in a park, painting, or anything else. Spend the day reliving their childhood with them.

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Anniversary

4. A Home Cooked Meal

Surprise your spouse with a romantic dinner that includes their favorite foods. A three-course meal will fill them with both food and love, and will let them know that you listen to them. This will ensure that you touch all bases with an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

5. Unique Getaway

Plan a romantic getaway to somewhere unique they’ve always wanted to go, such as Rome. Because there are so many things to do in Rome and other historic places, the surprise doesn’t have to end with the trip tickets. Make dinner plans for a formal anniversary celebration and have fun creating your own unique pasta with the help of local chefs. Additionally, two of the unique spots you should definitely include in your tour are the Pantheon and Colosseum! Of course, any destination is welcome.

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6. Handwritten Love Letter

Write your spouse a love letter that lists all of the ways that you love them, and all of the ways that you appreciate them. Doing this will show your love that you have gone out of your way to make something special for them. This is always a good option for the couples that agree to not exchange gifts, but may also complement any other gift.

Spontaneous

7. Buy Something You Know They’ll Love – (tool, bedroom item, appliance, etc.)

This might be something like a practical necessity. Pay attention to what they need but might be putting off purchasing themselves. This would be something like some sort of appliance, tool, or even an item like an air mattress. They will be grateful that you have made their life easier by taking care of something so significant. Do they want a new television? With all the new advances in television technology, skimming through a comprehensive buying guide will help you to make a more informed decision to surprise your sweetie.

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8. A Night Under the Stars

Use a larger vehicle such as a truck to plan a surprise camping trip. Load the vehicle up with all of the necessities and hit the road to a campsite—choose one that is an old favorite or a new one for an adventure. If this is not an option, just set up a tent in your own backyard! Overall, it is the thought that counts, the experience doesn’t have to be 100% authentic.

9. Take a Trip to the Spa

Often times we don’t make the effort to practice enough self-care. After a particularly stressful few days, surprise your love with a trip to the spa. Allow them to pick a few services that they’d like, such as a massage and manicure, or a facial and pedicure. The pampering will make them feel like new, and they will have you to thank!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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