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December 31, 2013

Relationship Resolutions for 2014

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2014 is almost upon us. Some of us may have had a really crappy 2013 and are hoping 2014 is better. Others may have had a great 2013 and are hoping 2014 is even better than 2013. Whichever take you have on this past year, it’s important to go into 2014 with an open and positive outlook.

If you’re in a relationship, both new and old, take this upcoming year and use it to your advantage. Work on making your relationship even stronger than it has been. If you’ve had some rough patches, use those experiences as learning tools for the future. If you’ve had some great experiences, use them as guides to create some new experiences for the future.

Here are a few things you can do to make sure your relationship is ready for the new year:

Do something new.

Why not make 2014 the year you guys burst out of your comfort zone and try something new? Everyone always makes resolutions to go to the gym or lose some weight, but why not make a resolution to do something bigger than that? Not to knock the good old gym resolution. If the gym thing would be a good thing for  the two of you, then by all means go for it. Whatever “new” means to you, just go out and do it. After all, you only live once. Might as well make the most out it of while you can.

Take note of your issues and work to fix them.

Take a look back at 2013 and see if there are any issues you would like to work on for the future. Relationships are all about growing together and being open and communicative, so if there has been something bothering you about your partner, speak up! Don’t let past issues rain on the new year. You don’t want to start a fresh year off with underlying issues that upset or bother you. Take these last few hours of 2013 to work towards a better 2014.

Take a break from the world and get away.

One way to definitely bring the two of you together is for you to get away from all the normal stresses of life. If you have been discussing a trip to the beach or maybe even a trip across the planet, make 2014 the year for it. Life can get pretty stressful as you get older, so giving yourself opportunities to just sit back and relax or explore a new setting will bring you to a calmer state. The two of you will enjoy each other’s company and be able to do so without the added stress life throws at you.

Have fun.

I’ve said this before, but it’s so true. Make it a point to never stop having fun in your relationship. Even if you’ve been dating for 5 years, don’t ever stop dating your loved one. Make sure you schedule date nights or special nights in to keep the spark alive. One of the best things about being in a relationship is having that go-to person for fun outings, so don’t let that fun, playful side die out.

Be open to change and what life may throw at you.

Life is a constant flow of ups and downs. Make sure that for 2014 (and all the years following) you are both open to working together through the good and the bad. Be there for each other and constantly support your loved one. Life is never perfect and we may not get what we want when we want it, but know your significant other is by your side and always on your team. It may sound cliché, but good things do come to those who wait. When these good things do happen, soak it all in with your loved one.

Plan for the future.

If you’re in a committed relationship, the only way to look is forward. You don’t have to start planning for marriage or kids or anything, but make sure you are working towards a future together. If you find yourself thinking this may be the love of your life think about how you can better your relationship and keep it on the right track. Try to always keep a focus on the two of you and being a unit together.

Have an amazing New Years with your loved ones! Here’s to a great 2014!

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About the Author

Elisa Freese
Elisa Freese is a lifelong New Yorker with a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and a Master’s degree from New York University. She has always had a love for writing and now that school and homework are finally done forever, Elisa is going back to writing on a regular basis. In addition to writing, Elisa loves anything that has to do with traveling, shopping, social media and TV/movies. With her experiences, as well as the experiences of her friends and family, Elisa hopes to shed some light on the ins and outs of dating to the readers of Nouveau Dating.




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