Need Ideas? 10 Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary

BY: - 24 Sep '13 | Marriage

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For many couples, their wedding day is often described as the best day of their lives. From the dress, to the suit, the food, the music, and being surrounded by family and friends, it’s a day to commemorate the most special of occasions – becoming one. No matter how many years you have been married, it’s worth it to honor the day you chose your mate as your forever-partner through life. Here are thoughtful ways to celebrate your wedding anniversary (that fit a variety of budgets)!

  1. Make the date of your wedding your monthly date night (example: the 9th of each month).
  2. Create a slideshow of pictures of your life together, set it to the song you danced to on your first dance, and share it on Youtube.
  3. Watch your wedding anniversary DVD (if you have one) or peruse your wedding photos over a nice dinner at home. Talk about the details of the day and relive each moment!
  4. Book a trip to your honeymoon destination.
  5. Invite the members of your wedding party over for a mini-reunion.
  6. Recreate the proposal.
  7. Write a letter to your spouse with a list of reasons why you love them; one for each year you’ve been married.
  8. Create a list of places you’d like to travel to together, and schedule each trip around your anniversary. Make a stay-cation in your current city first on the list.
  9. Renew your vows in a small, intimate way (or a large, extravagant way!).
  10. Take turns planning the anniversary celebration each year, to keep things fun and fresh.

With all of the books, blogs, and movies out there to teach you about how to keep the flame burning in your marriage, there’s no better teacher than remembering the day and time where your journey first began!

BMWK – How do you and your spouse celebrate your anniversary?

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Amber Wright wrote 39 articles on this blog.

Amber is a Communication Coach and Consultant that wants to help you learn how to say it right – from the boardroom to the bedroom! Visit her website, www.talktoamber.com, to find fun and insightful information on how to improve your communication skills and overall quality of life.

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Admitting I Loved My Wife Was One of My Scariest Moments

BY: - 24 Sep '13 | Marriage

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by Isom Kuade

Being raised by a single father, I grew up without the foundation of a mother. We were unfortunately estranged after the age of six, but I knew she was out there in the world – and I knew she knew my brother and I were with my father. Yet, we never spoke, exchanged cards during holidays, called during birthdays, or otherwise.

Growing up, I felt the whole experience was fairly normal. I thought to myself that many kids grow up in single parent households and mine was no different. I had no idea how much the absence of my mother was affecting me and the man I would grow up to be. Apparently, growing up without my mother led me to believe that I had no need for a nurturing female figure in my life. Even after I married at the age of 23, I believed we would have the marriage my father and mother never did, but we were young and cold harsh realities love feeding on the naive and foolish.

I am proud to say my marriage has made it 8 years and is still chugging along. We have survived a separation and welcomed a beautiful boy into this world.

Children have a way of putting your life into perspective. And it wasn’t until the birth of our son that I realized I truly loved my wife. Sure, I’ve told her that I loved her, and I have definitely been in love with her for years, but I hadn’t known that I loved her. Loved her as a person through and through. The admission frightened me terribly. It frightened me because there was a core part of me that needed my wife. Not ‘a wife’, but my wife. And this need meant that I was vulnerable.

Vulnerability is not something you’re taught being raised by a single father.

The night I told my wife that I realized I truly loved her was terrifying for me. For me it was an admission that she had some sort of emotional control over me, which is something I’m not used to.

If my absent mother couldn’t affect me emotionally, how could any other woman?

My wife looked at me and shrugged it away. Just another night with her crazy over-analytical husband. But for me, it was a reminder that even after eight years, I have still have so much to learn about myself, my wife, and my marriage. I believe I’m up for the challenge.

BMWK – can any of you relate to this post? Do you remember the moment that you realized that you not only loved your spouse, but that you needed your spouse?  Did it make you feel vulnerable?

Isom Kuade is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur on a journey to live his best life possible and taking as many people along for the ride as possible. He practices vulnerability and the redefining of what it means to be a black man in America on his blog isomKuadeJournal.com.

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Isom Kuade wrote 65 articles on this blog.

Isom Kuade is a father, entrepreneur, and lifestyle creator currently out of Austin, TX. He left corporate comforts with a goal to find, recognize, and work with the next generation's most motivated and talented. He writes with his wife at pancakesandcider.com on marriage, entrepreneurship, culture and parenthood. He brokers residential and business services at iwondermanagement.com. He's out to confront himself in 2016.

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