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Saturday, February 20, 2010

A hint of Romance or my DAY ONE project!

ROMANCE - To court or woo romantically; treat with ardor or chivalrousness; a strong fascination or enthusiasm for something.  [Romance week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

Yesterday I attributed some of my romantic failings to child hood brainwashing but likely the biggest reason has to do with time. We all know that we need to make time and focus on the things that are important to us. My new blogging friend, Kathy over at Kathy's Funny Farm just declared today Day One in her personal quest to become more fit.  Declarations are great ways to support a new focus. The design of this Everyday Bliss game is an ongoing declaration to add more bliss to my life. At least four times a year it also gives me the impetus to make time for romance. I would love to say that romance is innately a part of my life but is just isn't the case.  I often daydream about fun romantic activities for Rob and I to share but in between his work schedule, keeping the house livable and all of Jessie's activities both in and out of the house romance doesn't seem to find much breathable space. 

Perhaps I've been thinking about it all wrong. Rather then grand time consuming gestures what I need are quick and easy, potentially high impact hints of romance that can keep the spirit alive as Rob and I navigate our daily lives! 

The ezine article 101 Romantic Gestures offers some simple ideas easily integrated into daily life.  These romantic gestures are quick and easy ways to show your love. Often times the most romantic gestures are the small acts we choose to do every day. This extensive list of 101 romantic gestures will help you be more creative in how you show your love... You may be really good at doing some of these romantic gestures. Use this list to pick up a few more romantic gestures and apply them to your relationship. Put your own twist on some of the ideas for a personal and unique romantic gesture!

Here is one from on how to write a Mini Love Letter. This is a good one for some one like me who likes to muse about things and the final product can be as elaborate or simple as time permits!

And here's a Reader's Digest sample from  from Greg Godek's 1001 Ways to be Romantic -- aptly titled 50 Ways to WOO your lover! I particularly like "hold hands" as a suggestion. Simple quick and easy. 

Not to mention holding hands also reminds me of that old standby The 30 Second Kiss which I have brought up multiple times (in these posts ) since starting my Everyday Bliss project.  In my first mention I said,

I read somewhere once that if we just took thirty seconds longer with each hello and goodbye kiss it could transform a relationship. Thirty seconds! Why the heck haven't I been taking that time for that? Are our lives that busy that I can't spend thirty seconds more kissing the man I love? Ridiculous! I'm starting today! How about you? What ritual could you add to amp up the passion in your relationship?
and then I shared this photo to give us all some inspiration:
Image from eHow post on How to Kiss Passionately

And here I am today STILL unable to maintain a hint of romance on a daily basis! Just like my friend Kathy, I am declaring today my DAY ONE! Romance is going to be present even when it isn't Romance week! 

How about you? Any DAY ONE you would like to declare? Consider this a challenge to play along!  Do let me know, playing together is a lot more fun. If it is fitness related stop on by Kathy's Funny Farm and let her know you are playing. I'm sure she would love the company!

Please excuse me now,  I have some kissing to do!

Next post: Romance week comes to a close.

My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise


  1. You're gonna laugh . . .

    I actually had designs on spending some time together this afternoon, wink. In a rare alignment of all goddesses, stars, and planets, both kids were otherwise occupied for the afternoon. You would have been so proud of me.

    When my husband returned home from taking my son to his afternoon activity, he marched determinedly to the 'fridge, removed the bottle of Mylanta, poured himself a stiff one, threw it back, and announced that he had a sour stomach. He then installed himself on the recliner for the rest of the afternoon. Yum . m . y!

    Maybe tomorrow.

  2. Yep I did laugh! So funny how things rarely go as planned huh??? Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along!

  3. Hi Sweetie, Thanks for the link back. Glad you're dropping in. I have lots of new stuff to come. Actually they are things I intended on doing in the beginning. Have a few extra days now to set aside for blogging fun. At least those are the plans :)
    Okay, as far as romance...this girl knows a little something about the mylanta guy type and also that a even a well oiled machine gets rusty from time to time. My advise...Okay, you didn't ask but I'll tell you anyway... remember Pretty Woman? I always find that a good babysitter and a great tie work wonders. Even on a mylanda man ;)


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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