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Monday, May 24, 2010

Romance week kick off!

ROMANCE - To court or woo romantically; treat with ardor or chivalrousness; a strong fascination or enthusiasm for something. 

I am really glad it is Romance week! Actually that isn't entirely true. When I woke up this morning, I thought, "Oh my, romance week is here. What the heck am I going to do to kick it off?" You see, I want something grand and extravagant and that usually requires some advance planning. Truth be told, I've barely even thought about it! So little in fact, I ENTIRELY forgot about getting a guest blogger for this week. I really like to offer another perspective on the weekly topics but I'm leaving you high and dry this week.

Unless...  Anyone out there interested in writing something about Romance to be shared over here on Everyday Bliss???  Really! YOU can be a guest blogger, just let me know you are interested!

What I really love about it being romance week is that it gives me an excuse to unabashedly romantic with my sweetie. We are probably a typical couple in that we don't behave in an overtly romantic way except on Valentines Day or other celebratory moments. By having "Romance Week" on my calendar I have created a celebratory moment. It may not seem all that romantic to plan for romance, somehow spontaneity has the distinction of being "more" romantic then planned events but just the idea of a romance week already has me thinking more romantically.

I'd also like to say this week is not just for those of you who are already in a romantic relationship. One of the best ways to pave the way for finding a romantic partner is to get clear about what it is you are looking for in that type of relationship. This is EXACTLY what I did prior to meeting my sweetie and as a result I became VERY clear about what was most important to me in a potential partner. My guy is nothing like the guys I used date but it wasn't until I got really clear about what is important could I see that he was the right guy for me!

This week's "Bliss Initiatives" are color coded in purple for quick identification. They are specific things that you too can try, if you want to play along with me. However, because as Earl Nightingale says, "you become what you think about," even if you only follow along, and never take on any of the bliss initiatives, I expect some positive results. I will be exploring and encouraging ROMANCE this way:

  • Put Romance on the Calendar - I have already done this with my Romance Week, but why not more?! Take a look at your own calendar and pick some random days to surprise your lover with romance. He/she doesn't need to know it wasn't entirely spontaneous! Just planning something romantic has the added benefit of making you feel more romantic!
  • Make or review your 100 reasons you love your sweetie - A few romance weeks's ago I shared 100 reasons why I love my guy. Now that I've done this I have a "go to" list for getting the romance fires burning. When dirty socks are on the floor and regular daily life is right in front of your nose it is easy forget why you love them. If you don't have a romantic partner, write up 100 things you would want in a future one. This exercise alone has been known to open a floodgate of opportunity!
  • Study - This week I am back to making study one of my Bliss Initiatives. There are a ton of interesting romance ideas out there and just thinking about romance will help put me in the mood for a romantic day! If you are playing along do consider your own romance search on the internet. Top 10 romantic ideas searched in google netted a list that could keep someone busy for an entire year, let alone one week!
  • Field Work - Back, this week by my popular demand! This works wonders EVERY time! This week I pledge to do at least one romantic thing each day and report back here about it. I will also create one big romantic surprise to be executed sometime this coming weekend. Want to play along? 

    Are you playing along this week? What fun surprising thing can you do for your loved one this week?

    Next post: Romance resources

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

    This week we are studying Romance. Next up is Gratitude Week


    1. Your second suggestion kind of makes me giggle. I am so hyper aware of my husbands good qualities, that I feel bad when I get angry at him for anything. He's broken half of my dishes, but I can't complain because I've only done dishes twice this year. He shrunk my new shirts, but he always does the laundry. He loses my stuff, but it's because he was cleaning up. I don't want to discourage all of this hard work, but sometimes it is REALLY difficult!

    2. Aloha! I found you on Lady Blogger Society, you had commented right before I did, so I thought I'd come on by and share some aloha.
      Awesome page and awesome posts! I am so in love with my husband, everyday to me is Romance but I am definitely loving this post! I love number 2. Since I'm so crazy about my husband, I always write about him. Now, this post is urging me to do more. Love the week themes as well. So Great!

    3. Kami I just visited your blog! I can not tell you how touched I was to see the love and romance ooze off your pages.

      Everyday Bliss fans if you want to see Romance in action you should definitely check out Kami's Blog!

    4. Jessica, your comment cracked me up! Yes it can be difficult but oh so worth it! How great that he tries so hard!

    5. Ahhhh...romance! Sometimes you lose track of it amidst everyday life. Especially when you get mad at your better half. But then sometimes he does something so unabashedly sweet, and I remember why I fell in love with him to begin with. He's my best friend, as well, so I lucked out!!! Theresa

    6. I love knowing that you met your guy on line too!

      "Unabashedly sweet" will be my mantra for the rest of the week!

    7. Oooh Moxie and surprise! I love it!


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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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