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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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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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