I've been busy scrapbooking about me and my highschool sweetheart today. I was inspired to get some stories and thoughts on paper after signing up for the Romantic Scrapbooking Course over at Paperclipping.com. I regularly listen to the Paperclipping Roundtable when I'm scrapbooking by myself - makes me feel like I'm at a crop and they're always a fun bunch to listen to.
There's a series of challenges throughout the course. My take on the first challenge was based on relationship strengths. My layout includes a pocket with ten relationship tips. It is based on a sketch by Creative Scrappers. Mark and I have been married for 18 years and have been together for almost 23 years. Still, it felt kind of funny writing them because I don't feel like an expert, but Noel's comment in the video about writing them to my kids worked for me.
My tips (in no particular order) are:
1. Nurture your friendship. Make sure you're getting updates and continue to get to know each other.
2. Appreciate each other. Be grateful; don't take your partner for granted. Remember to give compliments.
3. Compromise. Practice not being stubborn on issues you don't feel extremely invested in.
4. Don't take yourself too seriously- remember to laugh.
5. Always make time for date nights. They're like oxygen for a marriage.
6. Go on adventures together; experience new things together. It strengthens your bond (not to mention fun!)
7. It's the little things that make a difference. Back massages, bringing a cup of tea (or wine!), little notes - all show that you love & appreciate each other.
8. Memory keep. Make a photo book of all the fun times you've had together (without the kids). It's a wonderful reminder.
9. Don't forget manners. Sometimes we get so comfortable that we let this slide from time to time.
10. Remember you're a team. Have common goals and protect the refuge that you provide for each other.
Now I'm off to work on the next challenge....stay tuned.