If you are like me, Autumn is your favorite time of the year. Every detail, from football games to pumpkin spice aromas, makes my heart filled to the brim with joy. As much as I adore this season, it always seems to leave my calendar packed full of events. It can be easy to bounce from one Autumn themed outing to another, and completely lose track of staying connected in your marriage.
Mid-September is the perfect time to take a step back from all the fall festivity planning, and sprinkle in intentional time to stay connected through this beautiful and busy season. Here are three ways to beat the weary heart feelings, and stay connected in your marriage this fall.
GO ON FALL HIKES TOGETHER
Going out for a walk or hike is a great opportunity to talk about meaningful topics together. Leave the distractions behind and soak the beautiful Autumn colors while enjoying each other’s company.
Talk Topic Inspiration:
- Talk about your 2018 goals
- Share three things your spouse did this week that made you feel amazing
- Discuss future vacations you would love to take
DO A BOOK CLUB OR MARRIAGE DEVOTIONAL TOGETHER
Who says you can’t create your own little book club with your spouse?! Reading together allows you to connect over new and meaningful topics. It also forces you to intentionally carve out quality time together.
Pick a book that interests both of you. Bonus points for choosing a topic that is encouraging and motivating.
My husband and I have had a “marriage book club” for several years and absolutely love how it’s helped us grow together. A few of our favorite reads include:
- Love & Respect
- The Total Money Makeover
- War Room, the study guide
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Two As One: A 30-Day Couple's Devotional (just starting!)
- Navigator's Council (haven't read it yet, but hear amazing things)
SCHEDULE A NEW ACTIVITY TO DO TOGETHER, BEFORE THE END OF 2017
Sometimes you just have to get out and try something new together. I love the idea of scheduling a new outing with your spouse before the end of the year, because it drives you to intentionally set time aside to be together (are you noticing a theme here?!). Take a peek at your schedule and dedicate one day between now and the end of the year to spend with your spouse. Make it even more exciting by trying a new activity, or something you haven't done in awhile.
Our “just us” day is set for November 18th. We are still deciding on how to spend the day, but our idea list includes:
- Cooking Class
- Ballet or Symphony Performance
- Visiting a local museum
- Volunteering at a local organization
- Getaway a local boutique hotel
(Okay, most of our list we do on a regular basis, but not as much or at all since moving to Columbus, Ohio, so we are counting it!)
The Fall season may have you head over heels in love with apple picking and cable knit sweaters, but be sure to be intentional about making time to fall head over heels in love again with your spouse during these busy months. I’d love to hear from you! Share how you are staying connected in your marriage this fall. Cheers to cultivating a fine marriage!