Last week I gave a few resolutions that I made for 2014. Sunshine came to me with the idea that we should have resolutions for us as a married couple, as we’d like to make our first full year as a married couple the best it can possibly be. Therefore…
1. Go on a “Date Night” at least once a month. One of the things that we’ve both realized since I moved-in with her has been our lack of romantic moments. Where we share 50% custody of her girls with their dad and I’m off to see my son every other weekend, the downtime that we actually have is usually spend either (a) running around doing errands or (b) doing absolutely nothing so we can enjoy some “down time” together. The problem, obviously, is that we don’t take the time to actually spend quality time together. Relationships don’t just happen…they take work. So we have both resolved to go out on a date at least once a month in 2014. We owe it to ourselves and to each other.
2. Go on a road trip somewhere. While some people hate spending too much time in cramped vehicles with others, we actually LOVE it…at least when we’re with each other. We’ve taken some fun road trips together in previous years, but didn’t go anywhere last year. Because of that, we’re definitely looking forward to doing something and going somewhere in 2014. It doesn’t even matter where we go…we talk and laugh so much that a 10-hour drive to Maine seems like 10 minutes. THAT is a sign of a healthy relationship, and we can’t wait to enjoy some “car time” together later this year.
3. Attend at least one concert together. We’ve seen a couple of concerts together…KISS, Billy Ocean, and Bryan Adams come to mind immediately…but we’ve also missed out on some great opportunities in recent years, primarily due to financial issues (Prince, Cyndi Lauper, and Platinum Blonde are three that we wish we saw). Because finances are steadily improving (thanks, new job!), concerts won’t be such a big deal to see in 2014. We don’t know who’s coming to Halifax this year, but we’re pretty confident that we won’t let a concert pass us by if we have the opportunity to see it.
4. Combine finances. I mean, let’s face it…we’re married now, right? Don’t most married couples combine finances in some way, shape, or form? I mean, it could be simply a matter of adding to our joint savings account or maybe getting a credit card together…something like a TDAeroplan card. I mean, we’ve both got Air Miles cards and credit cards so why not try to actually do something with our finances so that we benefit from the other end? Whatever we decide to do, it’s got to be as a TEAM…no secrets. I’ve made some mistakes financially in the past and now that I’ve gotten the job I’ve always wanted to have, planning our future finances just makes sense.