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Date Ideas that Promote Quality Time

Ahhhhh, the “perfect” date.

My first date with my husband was not a perfect date. I was incredibly nervous and incredibly awkward. We did dinner and a movie, and I just felt awkward the whole time.

After the dinner and a movie? We just talked, for quite awhile. And that part of the night…actually went really well, and was not awkward.

Even though I’ve already talked about how quality time can be difficult for introverts, I really enjoy dates that allow our time together to truly be quality, whether it be that it opens doors for good conversation, or is a quality activity to do together.

Here are some date ideas that I think promote quality time together. I won’t promise that all my ideas are free, but these are some of my favorites:

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4 Ways for Introverts to Make the Most of Quality Time


Just kidding, I don’t know how. 😂😂😂

In all seriousness though, this is an area I struggle in. I am an introvert in so many ways. I do like to be around people A LOT. But it’s exhausting, and I need time to myself to recharge after the fact.

I think lots of thoughts and have lots of ideas and am always inside my own head and communicate better through writing than through speech. I’d rather really think through something and have a well-constructed answer before I even speak.

I don’t like—and am not very good at—small talk.

So HOW am I supposed to be able to speak the “quality time” love language to someone?!?

I can’t be the only one out there with this problem. Surely someone has this COMPLETELY figured out. If you do, or know the person that does, give me that information ASAP. But until then, here are some humble ideas from yours truly on how to navigate the treacherous waters of quality time with others, when you’d like to be spending quality time with yourself.


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The 5 Love Languages are not just about romance

February. The month of LOVE.


The thing about love is that there are different types. The thing about relationships is that they aren’t just romantic.

The thing about love languages is that you need to know more than just your significant other’s.

It may be a little hypocritical of me to make that statement. I am by no means an expert in my friends and family’s love language. I would be hard pressed to say any of them with much certainty.

Another disclaimer I should make is that I have not read the 5 Love Languages book. I did read Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman, the author of the love languages book, that had a chapter on the love languages, but I am by no means an expert in love languages in general, or how to apply that knowledge to your relationship with a significant other, or with anyone else. However, I don’t think you have to be.

You don’t have to bombard everyone in your life with the quiz just to love them the best you can. I think a little observation and critical thinking can help you identify the ways you can best speak love to those in your life. It’s not that everyone shows love in the exact same way that they enjoy being shown love, but it is sometimes the case. By being mindful of the people in our lives, I think we can sometimes learn how to better serve them. Continue reading “The 5 Love Languages are not just about romance”

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