Tips for a Long-lasting Relationship

Thursday, December 4, 2014
If you've been following my blog or social media channels you probably know that I got married to the man of my dreams about two months ago. We've been together for more than five years and while he initially proposed really early in our relationship, we didn't begin planning the wedding until late last year.

Truth is that it took a lot for us to realize that we were truly meant for each other. Given that we were both so young when we started dating, a big part of it meant proving it to our families that this really is "the real deal". We met in college and graduated at the same time, conquered the early stages of career building (hello, internships), survived at least two years of long distance, but most of all, did a lot of growing up together along the way.

While I'm not an expert at relationships, my friends at Lavalife asked me to share tips on how to keep dating fun with your long-term partner and I definitely have some insight for you!

Ask for Help: Everyone enjoys the feeling of being a part of something; whether you're planning a party and could use a sous-chef or require assistance building your new TV stand, ask your partner to come and help you with the activity! Before James and I even began dating he had asked me to help his team with an assignment at school and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get to know my classmates better.

Be Adventurous: This is almost a given but if you feel like you're in a rut or could use a change of scenery, plan a trip to a country you both have never been! You'd be surprised at the unique culture you'd discover together, and have something to talk about and reminisce in the later years. When deciding on our honeymoon James and I chose one thing each that we wanted to see or do at our trip; he wanted to read books while laying in a hammock and I really wanted to swim with dolphins. We researched and found the perfect resort in Jamaica where we could get the best of both worlds, and had an incredible time! More on that in another post.

Spend Time Apart: It's good to get out and do things with friends or even by yourself sometimes. No matter what anyone tells you, it's actually refreshing to treat yourself to a fancy meal. Dating someone doesn't mean you forget your girlfriends; plan a little road trip with your besties excluding significant others! You'll love the text messages you receive from your partner when they're missing you. :)

Discover Each Other: Dating can feel like an endless journey, but what keeps things most exciting is the constant mystery that unveils as a relationship grows. Take time to find things that your partner enjoys and offer to do those things with him or her. James and I often tap into each others interests such as a favourite TV show or movie and plan an evening to watch it together.

I hope you find my tips helpful in trying to keep the fire alive between you and your partner. Lavalife announced their relaunch in September to introduce its mission to make dating fun again. They will be offering members, new and existing, an easier way to find other users with similar interests without the pressurized messaging of marriage and love. Dating should be fun and stress-free, so why not approach it that way?!

What are some of your dating tips on finding the one and keeping things alive and fun?! I'd love to know in the comments.

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