May 31, 2016 – Issue 34
Photo: Romantic Dinner (Caroline) © www.flickr.com
When was the last time you planned, organized and prepared for a special time, or date night or activity with your spouse, family and/or friends that would end up making it a memorable event? If you haven’t done this for a while, why not set aside time today to plan and organize a day that will be unforgettable for someone special in your life? In fact why not make it a monthly occurrence in which you plan to do something extraordinary and fun and make some lasting memories.
“You shouldn’t wait for other people to make special things happen.
You have to create your own memories.”
Last Monday, May 23rd we celebrated our 35 year wedding anniversary. Since it fell on a long weekend we certainly made good use of planning different things to do each day during the weekend to spend time being together and celebrating. We planned various things that had a special meaning or we enjoyed doing which made up the elements of it being a memorable weekend and anniversary that we will cherish forever. Such as checking out open houses, walking along the river, and going out to one of our favorite Greek restaurants. On our actually wedding anniversary date, I received a dozen red roses along with chocolates saying I ♥ You and a chocolate rose from my wonderful husband. Each time I walked by my roses or smelled them, it would bring back the great memories of the weekend and anniversary.
“Build traditions of family vacations and trips and outings.
These memories will never be forgotten by your children.”
~Ezra Taft Benson
Making memories doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take major planning. There are many activities you can organize which are free or at a reasonable price. For example:
- Organize a picnic. You can even do this in the middle of winter by the fireplace at home with your favorite person or family which can be a lot of fun.
- Go for a walk in your favorite park or other special place.
- Spend a day at the beach.
- Go to a museum, art gallery or any other establishment. Sometimes these places will have a free day or visit by donation which you can take advantage of and bring the whole family.
- Gather family and friends and do a potluck meal or BBQ.
- Have a game night with the family or even with a group of friends.
- Sometimes there are free musical events held over the summertime.
“No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories,
a dozen trails that each have their own associations.”
Remember, the only limitation is your mind, therefore come up with different ideas that you can plan and organize special days or activities to spend time with your partner, family and/or friends in making those special memories. Why not sit down with your favorite people and come up with a list of activities that you would love to do and places that you would like to see and then place them in a jar. Each month you can pick out from the jar as to the where you can spend time with your love ones and have a blast making those special memories. And don’t forget to bring your camera.
I would love to hear your suggestions and ideas on how you made your own special memories.