Do you remember back in the beginning of your relationship when you’d mark every date or month together as a milestone?
If you watch teenagers who are dating, they are constantly counting their time - “we’ve been together 3 months!” They acknowledge and celebrate each milestone (no matter how small). We’ve talked in previous episodes about how we can take some cues from teens. They are in a perpetual honeymoon stage - acting lovey dovey, prioritizing physical affection and sex, and they can’t get enough of each other.
We’ve noticed that as time goes on, the whirlwind of life starts to take over - crowding out opportunities to celebrate these important milestones. We feel like we’re just “too busy” to carve out the time to celebrate, it’s not a priority in comparison to the other things we have going on, and we may even feel silly for wanting to celebrate “at this point in life.”
Celebrating your anniversary means acknowledging that your relationship is important and that together you’ve reached another checkpoint. It’s a long-term ritual of connection - something you can look forward to and count on happening every year.
It can be very powerful to have a routine around how you celebrate. Go back to where you had your honeymoon for a mini-vacation. Have a date night where you first met. There are so many things you can do to revisit the past and acknowledge the building blocks of your relationship.
On this week’s episode, we’re talking about:
- What anniversaries mean in the context of our relationships
- What makes anniversaries important to celebrate
- How to break out of the “flowers and chocolate” routine
- The best ways to celebrate
- How to look forward to the next year together
If you’re short on ideas for how to celebrate, be sure to download The Ultimate Guide to A Meaningful, Fun + Sexy Anniversary Celebration.
SGR 002 - Getting Back to the Honeymoon Phase - One Habit at a Time
SGR 010 - Bringing Sexy Back
SGR 013 - When Marriage Doesn't Feel Like A Fairy-Tale
SGR 015 - How To Get Your Partner To Support Your Life’s Dreams
SGR 021 - How to Have an Awesome Date Night in the Midst of Holiday Chaos
Short on time? Here’s a list of today’s topics and when to listen:
What anniversaries mean in the context of our relationship - 1:48
What makes anniversaries important to celebrate - 6:05
Ritual of connection - 8:45
How to break out of that “flowers and chocolate” routine - 9:30
Collaborating with your partner - 11:04
Best ways to celebrate our anniversaries - 14:03
Our favorite ways to celebrate - 17:00
How to look forward to the next year together - 24:03
Gratitude journal - 26:49
Meredith and Marina’s takeaways - 28:29