This July Mitch and I will have been together for 8 years (yikes!). I can hardly believe it has been that long. One of the things I've learned from having a partner in crime for so long, is that it is extremely important to set aside time to do things together, purposefully. Just being in the same room does not mean you are getting to know the person sitting next to you on the couch. As a couple, I have come to cherish the time we get to spend together on while on vacation. Without the distractions of everyday life, emails, texts, phones, TVs, Ipads (screens really get to me, can you tell...
When we are away we spend more time observing our surroundings and actually talking while looking at each other. Watching the sunset, sipping a cold beer at a local tavern, walking aimlessly through the town with no plan other than to just walk. Not only does travel shake up the senses, but it also shakes up our relationship. We take time to eat breakfast together, talk to each other while looking, not over our screens, but actually AT each other, or spend a few extra minutes in be bed in the morning drifting in and out of sleep instead of checking our phones.
Seems nearly impossible while at home, but at the core of things, all we have really done is turn off our electronics and simply be present. I believe the same mentality and practice can be applied to your own city and day to day life. Take the time to discover things around you as if it were your first time together.
So in the spirit of this revelation and summertime – longer daylight hours means more time, yay! – I'm kicking off a new series here on the blog called "Explored" where a few times a month we go on a new adventure, take up a new activity, host a dinner, go out to breakfast somewhere new and focus on discovering things in our day to day life as if we are traveling.
I'm hoping that after we get a few under our belt, we might even want to leave our electronics behind. Check them at the door, turn them to silent - whatever needs to happen so that we are really there, and not distracted.
Have an idea for a fun daytime date or activity? So far we have been paddle boarding, played sand volleyball, walked to dinner from our house for a Friday night date here. At the end of this I'm expecting to have quite the stockpile of city guide/date night/ to do recommendations around Austin. Here's to exploring!
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