Get In-Tune with Each Other in Music City
If music is food for the soul, then Nashville, also known as Music City, is the mecca of love. In fact, Nashville is the birthplace of music, food, and romance. It is also well known for its love songs – unrequited love, love gone sour and new love that is just beginning to flourish. Are these songwriters pulling these songs out of their head? No, they are from personal experiences – real experiences of love and loss. Oh, and guess what? Well, all of these soulful songs stem from a date or two or three… So, even if you and your significant other are going through a difficult time – don’t despair.
No, start all over again – with a date or two or three. Don’t give up yet, there is still more to do, and although counseling is a wonderful option for working through issues and repairing your damaged relationship, it does not have to be the only option. You can also reconnect with your loved one through “old fashioned dating.” Rekindle the love you once felt for each other by doing something, fun, romantic, challenging, new, exciting and/or plain ole silly. Truth-be-told, you have to start somewhere, so why not try one of the awesome ideas listed below.
Listed below are amazing ideas that will help you remember just how much you love one another:
Adventure Science Center Sudekum Planetarium
Hmm…what is a cool way to reconnect with your significant other? Well, “tripping” out under the stars is a great start! What? Well, if you want to spend time with your honey, while relaxing under the stars, the Adventure Science Center Sudekum Planetarium may just be what you are looking for. In fact, the Planetarium is an excellent way to lie back and soak in the amazing laser show, complete with flashing lights and “rockin” music from all genres (think Led Zeppelin to Taylor Swift and everything in between). So, if you and your partner aren’t ready to share your innermost feelings, this fun and exciting activity may be just what you both need to “loosen up” and remember how much fun you have together.
Another awesome place to reconnect with your sweetheart is West End. Why West End? Well, because there are a ton of things you can do – together to create memories, communicate, and have a little fun. And, if you are trying to recreate that spark, you need to spend time together – re-discovering why you fell in love in the first place. You also need to practice communicating – effectively. FYI – yelling and arguing is not an effective way to communicate, however, laughter can speak volumes. So, take a journey back in time – a time when you were falling in love or were newly in love, and channel your inner creativity. How? Well, why don’t you suggest going to Sonic hence the drive-in, hence old school/nostalgia. You get me? And, afterwards, if you really want to be romantic, why not drive to the virtually unknown “make-out “spot, Love Circle? And, in case you aren’t sure where these incredible spot is, it is located off of Acklen Avenue near Vanderbilt University and between Natchez Trace and West End. You’re welcome. So, grab a pack of beer or a bottle of your favorite wine, turn on some romantic/calming music (think jazz, R&B, and/or instrumental), cuddle up to each other in the car, and marvel at Nashville’s beautiful skyline. Focus on each other’s breathing, and enjoy just being in each other’s presence. Don’t get into anything too “heavy” – save that for your counseling sessions. Instead, think about the first time you saw your partner – What was he or she wearing? What did you like about him or her, when you first met? Was he or she wearing any perfume or cologne? And, if so, what was it and how did it make you feel? What do you miss most about how your relationship used to be? What could you do differently to recapture your initial feelings for your partner?
Harpeth River & Blue Moon Waterfront Grill
Wow your loved one with dinner and canoeing. I mean, really, what is more romantic than coasting along the picturesque Harpeth River in a rented Tip-A-Canoe. This activity provides you and your honey with just enough time to enjoy the scenery and talk to one another – and, I mean really talk to each other – not around each other and not at each other, but to each other. During this time, get to know each other all over again. Ask each other questions like: What makes you happy? What kinds of things do you like to do? What drives you absolutely crazy? What would you like to do in this life? What are your dreams, fears, hopes, needs, and wants?
Remember, this activity is to help you and your significant other reconnect, so do not bring up topics that you know will spark a fight – not love. Keep it light and fun, and watch the walls come tumbling down. And, once you have finished your relaxing float, grab some grub at the Blue Moon Waterfront Grill on the Cumberland River at the Rock Harbor Marina (River Mile Marker 175). Enjoy the sunset, while gazing at the sparkling blue water, and sampling everything from delicious appetizers to fresh seafood, salads, and wraps – don’t forget the desserts (Try the Key Lime Pie or the mouthwatering Cumberland Mud Chocolate Pie – Yum).
Sky High Sports: The Trampoline Place
Is there a lot of tension in your relationship? If so, why don’t you and your significant other spend some time at Sky High Sports? Why there? Well, because “being active” is a good way to let off steam through sports and not at each other. You feel me? And, Sky High Sports is super cool because it has “After Dark” activity specials like the ability to use the indoor trampoline until midnight. Awesome! And, do you want to know what’s even better than that?! Well, this sport center also offers multi-colored flashing lights (laser shows) and glow-in-the-dark, fast-paced dodgeball games. How cool is that?!!! So, if you want to have a little fun, improve your “teamwork,” problem-solving, and communication skills – take a walk on the wild side with Sky High Sports. Why not? What do you have to lose, but stress?
Feeling kind of “frosty” towards your partner? Yes? Well, why don’t you invite him or her to a “friendly” game of paintball? I bet that idea never even popped in your mind, did it? I know it didn’t. Paintball is not only a way to spend time together doing something really fun and exciting, it is also a way to work off some of the frustration you are feeling in your relationship, without doing something you would most definitely regret later. Remember to keep it friendly. You don’t want to injure each other. It is meant to be a de-stressing activity, not a prison sentence waiting to happen. You feel me? So, suit up and get your paintball gun and conjure up your competitive spirit. After you finish a couple of games of this fast-paced activity you will be too tired to argue about anything.
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