8 New Year's Resolutions Every Couple Needs To Make For 2019

8 New Year's Resolutions Every Couple Needs To Make For 2019

This year is ALL about growth.

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Not all of your goals can be obtained by yourself if you want to grow together.

1. Be more emotionally honest 

Do you have something going on inside that brain of yours? Let them know. They can't be there for you emotionally if you don't tell them about it. And if they ask what's wrong, don't say everything is fine if it is NOT fine!!!

2. Stay away from your phone when you're with them. 

Spend time being in the present this year. Make conversation with each other, and not by sending memes to one another. At the dinner table, limit yourself to one picture once the food comes out, and then spend the rest of the time admiring you're significant other eat spaghetti sloppily.

3. Go out on FUN dates 

You don't always have to go out to a restaurant for a fancy meal. Instead, try packing a picnic and going to your local park to watch the sunset together. Take all of your dates and switch it up.

4. Go out of your way for your partner, not just on the holidays. 

Give your partner flowers on a Tuesday because your song came on in the grocery store and you thought of them. Not just on holidays like Valentines Day and their birthday.

5. Remember the little things 

It's not about the big things like their birthday, but it's the little things like their favorite song, why they named their pet what they did, and their favorite memory with a distant relative.

6. Leave the assumptions in 2018.

If they hang up the phone, don't assume they don't want to talk to you, maybe their phone died but you won't know if you don't ask.

7. Find a show to binge together 

There's nothing better than laying on the couch cuddled up next to your significant other clicking the "Play Next Episode" button repeatedly on a Sunday.

8. Say "I love you" more

Share how you feel more often. Don't let your love for each other build up until it overflows. Show affection to your partner every single day and never let them doubt your feelings towards them.

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13 Movies Every Couple Needs To Watch Before They Get Married

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories.

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These 13 movies are the foundation of any long-lasting relationship, and I'm not joking. Each movie will show you something new about your partner, and make you ask each other the hard questions. How many kids do you want and how are you going to raise them? What would happen if you got into a horrible accident? Some are less serious though, like what if you could time travel?

I promise that not every one of these movies is a Nicholas Sparks classic, and I also promise that not every movie has Rachel McAdams in it!

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife"

This movie is both heartbreaking and amazing.

2. "About Time"

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories. It's on Netflix right now, so grab some snacks and turn it on!

3. "Like Crazy"

This infamous Tumblr gif came from "Like Crazy." It's about a couple who goes long distance and build their life together. I used to cry every time I watched it, and I'm no crier! It also has the (now famous) Felicity Jones in it.

4. "The Notebook"

Every girl wants this kind of love.

5. "The Last Song"

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are literally married now so if that isn't good luck, I don't know what is.

6. "Safe Haven"

You guessed it! This is another Nicholas Sparks classic. This movie has a dark twist as well, which men will love.

7. "Inside Out"

You may be thinking that this one is a bit weird. Well, this movie will help both you and your partner understand each other's emotions better.

8. "The Choice"

This movie is great because the female lead is feisty and extremely intelligent, which usually doesn't happen in love stories. How do you keep the love alive with a woman who is hard to get, and even harder to keep entertained?

9. "The Longest Ride"

Originally I could not stand the main female lead (Britt Robertson) but now she is in one of my favorite shows (For The People), so I have no choice. This movie had me on the end of my seat, and as a rom-com it is a must.

10. "The Age Of Adaline"

I began loving the name 'Adaline' thanks to this movie. This unlikely love story and self love journey really gets me.

11. "The Vow"

Imagine falling in love with someone and building a life, but an accident forces you to start all over?

12. "Titanic"

If they don't have any sort of reaction to this movie, they are probably not the one for you.

13. "Yours, Mine, & Ours"

Yours, Mine, & Ours is a true classic. Are you Helen or Frank Beardsley? You should figure that out before you tie the knot!

You're welcome!

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Why And When It's OK To Move On From Your Old Friends

As you grow, the past sometimes doesn't grow with you.

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Everyone changes and grows on their own. They learn their own lessons and live a completely separate life from the people around them. That's OK.

Lately, I've been reflecting on past relationships that have gone wrong, whether it be friends or partners. The common thing among these relationships is change. I changed, they changed, the world around us changed. Not everyone changes together and that's where things go awry.

Recently, I lost someone I considered a sister because she changed and I didn't. At first, this ate away at me, it made me mad she didn't feel the same anymore and that she wanted to be living a different life than me. I kept blaming her when in reality everyone should do what makes them happy. That means even if she wasn't happy being friends with me.

It takes a while to redirect your thoughts and feelings. There has to be a conscious effort to change your thoughts from blaming others to being OK with what happened. I had to change my narrative, every time I want to say something is another person's fault.

It's a hard thing to unlearn blame, our whole lives we get taught that someone or something causes everything. That simply isn't true. Losing a friend or S.O. can happen for so many reasons and blame can't be put onto one person or thing. Not everything that happens needs an answer and if you drift from an old friend there doesn't have to be a reason.

The best way, I've found, is to find more like-minded people. Maybe it's someone you never gave a chance before because you had this friend in your life. Maybe you go to new club meetings at your school or talk to more people at work. Finding someone who's at the same stage of their lives as you makes it easy to connect and find a new support system.

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