It sometimes feels like the world is spinning faster each day. That dizzy feeling rings even more true the longer you’re with someone. Time has a way of slipping away from us, for the good and the bad, and when special occasions roll around, I can’t help but think: “How did another year really just pass?” Rob and I celebrated 14 years of being together this month. It’s kind of crazy to say out loud: 14 years. How did that happen? We don’t feel old. We still feel like the teenagers that met that night at the coffee shop. How have we been together for more than a decade? But then I really take the time to think about it all…all the trips and places we’ve explored together, all the hardships we have worked through, all the crazy times we laughed so hard our stomachs hurt, the learning to be patient and selfless, the milestones we’ve had the opportunity to celebrate together, and of course our big move to Arizona five years ago…learning to do life together, just the two of us.
When you think about it like that of course it makes sense that it’s been over a decade. But something we’ve learned more than ever over the last year or so, is how it important it is to show love through the little things each day. We’ve all seen the movies of the couples that have been together for years and kind of just go through the motions, or I’m sure you’ve heard that saying “They’re like an old married couple”. I think those stereotypes can definitely ring true. It’s easy to fall into a routine. It’s easy to expect the other person to just know what you’re thinking or feeling. Even though that might be true, your partner may really know what you’re thinking or feeling, isn’t it nice to show it and say it? Through the crazy hectic moments where everything feels like it’s going a mile a minute, and boy have we had a few of those days over the last several months, we’re learning it makes all the difference to simply say and show the other person how we feel and what we’re thinking in the moment.
We’ve noticed that simply holding hands on our way back to the car after grocery shopping or making sure we’re vocal when we think the other one looks nice that morning, instead of keeping it to ourselves makes all the difference. Maybe you’re like, “well, duh, of course you should do those things”, but I think it can be so easy to fall into routine and have other things take priority. The best way to feel love is to show love. It’s kind of like spreading kindness.
We’re excited to partner with KAY, all about inspiring people to cherish the most meaningful relationships in their lives. It’s easy to always go, go, go, so I love the idea of celebrating love and gratitude for those close to you, in any way possible. I’m wearing a few of their dainty necklaces from the collection. I really like them layered together and the delicate nature of them. The first piece of jewelry Rob ever bought me was a dainty necklace with a gold heart on it, so soft jewelry pieces like these always remind me of those earlier days.
The morning of our “anniversary of when we met” (is that a thing? oh well, we celebrate it!), Rob pulled me close in the middle of us cleaning the house franticly, before running off to an appointment, and we just took a few moments to share about the last few years and how much we appreciate each other. Remembering all those little things we did for each other when we first met and making sure we’re keeping that same spirit alive has been so important, even if it’s just a casual date night at your local diner. 🙂
What things do you do to show your loved ones they’re loved and celebrated? Leave a comment below telling us about someone special in your life to be entered to win a special piece of KAY jewelry. Giveaway ends 11/4. Good Luck!
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