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"Time Tithing" with your Lifetime Soul Mate

Quality time - how do you define that? It's a personal question and the answer is likely a little different for everyone. And the answers probably get even more diverse when you include your significant other as part of that. So what do you and your soul mate like to do when you need time together to just...be together?

If you find that you are struggling to find time to connect as a couple, I highly recommend that you get into the habit of planning one overnight getaway together per month. Yes, I said once a month. And here’s the catch - this is to be done without concern for work schedules, babysitting needs, or other obligations - just get it on the books and commit to doing it. Can you imagine putting your child’s soccer game or a doctor’s appointment on your calendar and then just ignoring it? No…of course not. That’s the same consideration that your getaway should be given. Naturally, of course, you try and plan it with regards to other commitments and any babysitting requirements, but the date is blocked out and you go, period! No excuses…no canceling.

Pretty interesting concept, isn’t it? Actually taking the time at the beginning of your schedule to plan a date together, rather than giving it whatever is left after all the rest of your activities have been penciled in? If more people decided to try this form of “time tithing” together, there would probably be far happier couples in the world. It’s really such a simple thing that you can do, but yet it is so critical for your relationship. Together you are making the important step of taking time away from everything else, including the stress and busyness of your regular routine. Quality time like this helps you to connect with your soul mate because you are better able to focus on each other - mostly due to the fact that the other distractions of your lives are not present.

There are probably some of you who are reading this who are already shaking your heads, thinking of a million excuses as to why this idea does not fit your lifestyle. But the truth is that it can fit anyone’s schedule with a little careful planning and consideration of what needs to be done to make it happen. The first step is to sit down with your partner and discuss the types of getaways that appeal to you and how far each of you is willing to travel. Every region of the country has great options for the perfect romantic getaway – you just have to choose the one that suits the two of you best in terms of your budget, the time you have available and any other related factors.

A good option for couples that will likely suit most budgets is a bed and breakfast. This type of accommodation offers the advantage of being a quieter option that serves as a retreat for the couple in need of some down time. The Inns.net web site (www.inns.net) provides information for bed and breakfasts across the country so you can find one that suits your specific needs.

If you find that you just cannot work out the details for an overnight getaway, plan a date alone with your partner instead. Go to dinner at your favorite restaurant, enjoy a movie together, or just spend some time talking with one another. The most important thing is to be together with as few interruptions as possible. The purpose of your date is to stay connected and be reminded of why you are together. Quality time with each other serves as a great reminder of why you appreciate your lifetime soul mate, as well as helping you to better enjoy your journey through life together.