8 Relationship Resolutions to Help Start Off the New Year More Deeply in Love
Kick off the next twelve months with ambitions to make you and your sweetheart come closer together.
Your New Year’s resolution can be a group effort! We like the idea of setting goals as a couple, whether it’s trying out a new recipe, adopting a pet, or working on your communication skills. Here, some of our favorite bloggers—dating, engaged, and married—share what they and their partners are striving for in 2015.
“Our resolution for the New Year is to have more communication. Our lives are so much busier (kids, jobs, businesses, bills) since we first started dating in 1996. We have lots of moments when we can get overwhelmed and forget to tell each other about how our day went, about an upcoming playdate, or simply how much we appreciate each other, but it’s important to remember where this family started and continue to nourish that relationship with every phase of life.” — Oh Joy!
’s Joy Cho, with her husband, Bob
“Our relationship goal is to continue to grow and understand one another better and to inspire one another to be healthy, creative, and successful. We just adopted a Chow mix rescue named Fancy Schmancy together, so there will definitely be a lot of adventures ahead.” — Advanced Style
’s Ari Seth Cohen, with his boyfriend, Eric Lee
“With so many new challenges and adventures [the newlyweds are expecting their first child in spring!] headed our way in 2015, our goal as a couple is to maintain a few date nights here and there—even if they end up being takeout and a cozy movie screening at home!” — Grey Likes Weddings’
Summer Watkins, with her husband, Bryan
“As we gear up for our wedding and a new bicoastal move, Ali, my fiancée, and I are working on a lot of different things! One of our big goals for the New Year is to purge our wardrobes (there’s always a struggle for more closet space between the two of us!) and also get rid of any excess junk hanging out in our already-minimal storage spaces. We figure that it’s best to start the New Year (and our marriage) with as little stuff as possible.” — Nicolette Mason, the blogger behind Nicolette Mason
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’s “Big Girl in a Skinny World,” with her fiancée, Ali
“No one is perfect, but sometimes it seems like we are always demanding perfection. In the New Year, it would be nice to remember that perfection is not possible and to appreciate the imperfections of your other half.” — Rustic Wedding Chic
’s Maggie Lord, with her husband, Jon, and son, Jack
“In the New Year, we plan to get married, sleep in, continue our highly successful two-person book club, and get a dog to match our bratty cat, Mochi.” — The Kitchy Kitchen
’s Claire Thomas, with her fiancé, Craig
“We want to learn how to make our favorite foods we used to get as NYC takeout: pho soup, massaman curry, falafel, grape leaves, Thai noodles. We also plan to finally plant a backyard garden together. It hasn’t happened yet but we are so close!” — Mara and Danny of A Blog About Love
“A big goal of ours is to have more date nights ... often when we’re busy with work, we can be like ships in the night, only seeing each other early in the morning and right before bed. Scheduling that time together without distraction is important, and we need to make it happen. Also, cooking together more! We’ve already signed up for Blue Apron, so hopefully that will give us the boost we need.”— Brooklyn Bride
’s Vane Broussard, with her husband, Chad