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A passionate motivational speaker and life coach with a new reality-based, no-nonsense approach, Terry Taylor is the designer of a unique strategy for reaching your goals and loving your life. Creator of the CD program, 8 Steps For Reclaiming Your Life, and author of the upcoming book, This Is Your Life: No Apology Needed, her mission is to help you to break free from conflict, confusion and the control of others so you can go after your goals guilt-free, with confidence and joy.


GROW YOUR ROMANCE

MARCH’S BREAK FREE TIP  shows you how to nurture your romance on a day to day basis so you can “march” toward an ever-growing mutually satisfying relationship over the years.

DON’T STOP BEING ROMANTIC just because February has turned to March! When it comes to your romantic relationship, the “march” goes on. It takes daily nurturing to make a romance meaningful, worthwhile and mutually rewarding. But it’s worth it because an ongoing, growing romantic relationship with a person who shares your values can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your life.

The beautiful thing is that it is easier than you might think to nurture a romantic relationship:

  • All you have to do is to PAY ATTENTION to what’s important to you!

For most of us, our romantic relationship is high up on our list of what’s important to us, so it is natural to want to make it flourish and deepen as each year goes by. But we don’t always know how to go about it.

HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED:

Step 1: Be ACTIVE not passive. “Do”…don’t wait to be “done to.”

Step 2: Show RESPECT with every interaction. Treat your partner – not as an adversary — but like you’re on the “same team.”  Make time to be together, respect each other’s time alone, inform each other of your whereabouts, and support each other’s dreams and goals – these are things you can do every day. My husband supports my dreams by his encouragement, helpful suggestions, and physical assistance with my projects. I help my husband with his dreams in a similar way.

Step 3: Express your love EVERY DAY. Special days (Valentine’s Day, Birthdays) are fine, but they are the exception rather than the rule. Make your daily ongoing expressions of love the “rule” rather than the exception!

Step 4: Be CONSISTENT.  Don’t indulge in “out of sight, out of mind” or “on-again-off-again” behavior.” Whether he’s out of town or at home, my husband verbalizes his delight in some aspect of my behavior, appearance, or accomplishment every single day!

Step 5: Be TRUE to yourself. Do not give up the things you want for your life in order to show your love. Do not try to “live for” your loved one — each person must do his or her own “living.” If you sacrifice your own dreams “out of love,” you will end up feeling emptiness within yourself and resentment toward your loved one – which quickly dissolves any feelings of romantic love.

Step 6: Chose your OWN WAY.  Choose ways to express your love that are most meaningful and fun. My husband and I prefer doing things (like exploring new places, working, reading, solving puzzles or traveling)  WITH each other rather than just “doing things” (like chores) FOR each other. Share what you love to do with your romantic partner so you can express your love in a way that increases your mutual enjoyment.

 Step 7: Treat “Little Things” like BIG THINGS. Because they are! My husband shows his love by listening to me, giving me space, making time for me, opening the car door, helping me carry things, waiting for me to catch up with him (instead of dashing ahead), complimenting me on something and telling me he loves me every day. These seemingly small things are “biggies” for me!

These steps may seem like simple things, but they go a long way in nurturing your romance. Just start with one “little thing” each day, and watch your romance grow!

Happy month of March, and here’s to your own great year-round Romance!

 I’d love to hear how these steps work for you — feel free to email me at Terry@YourRecipeForLivingCoach.com, or post a comment on my Break Free Blog at www.YourRecipeForLivingCoach.com. Please know that you are welcome to share this BREAK FREE TIP by forwarding this message to a friend or colleague.

Note: To learn more about rewarding romantic relationships, read This Is Your Life: No Apology Needed, now available at Amazon as an eBook. Also available as a paperback or CD at my website, www.YourRecipeForLivingCoach.com.

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