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5 Romantic, Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary

5 Romantic, Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary

Whether you have been together for one year or thirty, you can often find yourself challenged on what to do for your anniversary. You want to do something unique that shows how much you care about your partner, but you also do not want to break the bank in the process.

But no matter how much or little money you have, there are always unique and special things you can do. Here are some inexpensive ideas for how to show your special someone that you care about them, whether it is on your anniversary or any other occasion.

1. Writing love letters

You may have an older relative like my grandmother who grouses about how letter writing is a superior form of communication compared to texts or emails. Well, Grandma does have a point. As the Huffington Post notes, the fact that writing a letter takes longer gives you more time to think about exactly what you want to say and shows how much you care about the recipient.

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You can write a letter just detailing how much you love your partner or even take a shot at poetry. Then put the letter somewhere where it can be easily found such as on the kitchen table or next to the bed. But don’t pressure your partner and ask what he thinks about it. Just sit back and be satisfied knowing that you have taken the time to truly express your feelings.

2. Cook a meal at home together

People used to routinely eat together, but now we have chosen to toss that aside in favor of convenience meals or scarfing something down in front of a computer. But multiple studies have found that eating together helps children learn the value of communication and perform academically, and really all of us could think more about building bonds and communicating with each other in today’s world.

So use your anniversary as an opportunity to start trying to eat together more, and start by cooking together. If the two of you already do that, then branch out and try making something new. It can be as simple as a root beer float or as complicated as baking a cake. Do not hesitate to be adventurous.

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3. Go outside and explore

No matter where you live, there are always parts of your town or city that you have not been to yet. It could be a nature park out in the countryside, or even just a farmers’ market in the city you have not taken the time to go to.

So instead of doing what you do for every anniversary, just go and explore. I would emphasize trying to get a good dose of nature, whether it is going to the countryside or just taking a walk in the park. Being out in nature is a good way to ensure that you are not surrounded by others, and there is the additional benefit of unplugging from technology and really communicating face to face with your partner.

But if you are not a fan of quiet places or live in a city without much green, then at least head to somewhere nearby you have not been to before. Treat it as an adventure.

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4. Look for community events

An additional benefit of exploring new places is that you can discover new events in the local community, many of which are often free or very cheap. Some examples of community events can include a lecture at the local library or a cleanup effort organized by the local park. Even volunteering to help the less fortunate can be different, yet fulfilling for the two of you.

Additionally, you can head to your local government’s website or check out a newspaper to find out interesting, free events. There is always something to do in any place to spend time with your partner and explore the community.

5. Go out for a meal (but not dinner)

Most of us would like to go to some fancy restaurant to celebrate our anniversary, but going out is expensive. But if you are still determined to take your partner out, then consider grabbing a cup of coffee like you might have done on your first date.

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Remember that the point of any anniversary meal is to just spend time with your loved one. Note that a nice café is also a great place to observe interesting people and sights that you cannot do at a normal restaurant, and it is generally less expensive.

If none of these ideas work, then here is a good list of some other ideas you can try for your anniversary. Do not hesitate to be creative. At the end of the day, you know your partner better than anyone else and can always come up with something appropriate.

Featured photo credit: t.germenau via flickr.com

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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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