In every relationship there’s a point at which you (and if you’re lucky, your partner) decide that you want more. Maybe you’re only a few dates in, or
perhaps you’re celebrating another year with your sweetheart. No matter what the next level in your relationship is– becoming an exclusive couple, entering into an engagement, or getting married– here are a few tips on taking it to the next level with your dearest.
Communicate. Fearlessly, passionately, and always. Whether you’re in a new relationship or you’ve been together for years, it is vital to talk about where you’d like to be as individuals and as a couple in the future. Most importantly, especially for those in long term relationships, be sure to share your goals as they change to ensure that the two of you continue to grow together.
Make it meaningful. If you’re looking to move forward in your relationship, make the moment that you pop whatever question you’re asking a special one. Plan a special date night for the two of you (fancy not required!), go on a weekend trip (adventures, ftw!), make small but significant romantic gesture (a few candles and a glass of wine, or a romantic home-cooked meal), or as Beyonce would say, put a ring on it in a way that neither of you will ever forget.
Be patient. You may not get the answer you want the first or second time that you ask– and it hurts, but if you know that you and your partner want the same things, don’t give up. Sometimes conditions aren’t perfect for both
people to be ready to commit to the same things, and that’s okay. If you’re in a loving, committed relationship with your partner, there’s no reason to rush. A piece of paper or even a ring won’t change how much you love each other, and you should still be safe and sound and in love for when the next opportunity arises.
When it comes to relationships, we tend to make things more complicated than they need to be. If you’re looking to build a future with your partner, the best thing you can do for yourselves and your relationship is to keep it simple. The rest– the kisses, the cuddling, and the loving the hell out of each other– will figure itself out in time.