Courtney HendersonComment

Valentine's Day

Courtney HendersonComment
Valentine's Day

Hey beauties, welcome! Happy Valentine's Day! Such a beautiful day filled with love and happiness. I used to dread Valentine's Day, I lost a family member on this day a few years back and it has always been a weird day for my family & I. I never know whether I should celebrate it or what. But I know my uncle is looking down on us, watching over us and wishing us a lifetime of happiness. On to today's post; Long Distance Relationships and 5 tips to help you stay strong through it/ help make it work! Keep reading below!

 This was when we took a little road trip to the Franklin Drive Thru Safari where my car got torn up by a camel..... But my favorite animal is a Giraffe so this part was a blast!

This was when we took a little road trip to the Franklin Drive Thru Safari where my car got torn up by a camel..... But my favorite animal is a Giraffe so this part was a blast!

1) Trust

By far, the absolute most important thing. Trust is the foundation to any relationship (LDR or not) and can make or break the relationship itself. Take time to talk to your significant other and be sure you two are on the same page! Once you accomplish this, everything else is easy!

2) Time

Sounds weird right? But you two aren't in the same place? Time as in to set aside time to listen to your partner. Ask him/her about their day, what they did, how you wish you could be there to spend those moments with them. When dating someone, you are sharing your life with them. It shouldn't be any different with Long Distance Relationships either. Make the effort and it will be rewarding on so many levels.

 This was from our Christmas party this past year!

This was from our Christmas party this past year!

3) Communication

This goes hand in hand with the one above. Communication is so important. Don't just text, call! Calling, and video chats are amazing for those in LDRs. It's so easy to misunderstand someone through text. Over the phone, you can hear tone of voice and through video chat (facetime, skype, etc.) you feel as if you are with your partner and it makes all the difference!

 This was when I surprised Clay with Kai, his new baby , for his birthday!

This was when I surprised Clay with Kai, his new baby , for his birthday!

4) Surprises 

Send your loved one a letter, gift or have something delivered. It doesn't have to be something amazing, just a little something to let them know you are thinking of them! Send them a sweet handwritten letter, or even surprise them with an email! The littlest things make people smile, so why not keep them smiling always, right? 

 This was New Years Eve!

This was New Years Eve!

5) Commitment 

SO so so important as well (well, all of these are). You two aren't in the same place physically, which means you have to try extra hard to let them know that you are committed to the relationship. Staying honest and faithful are so important in making a long distance relationship work!

 

 Friday, he surprised me by showing up earlier than expected with flowers, candies, wine and a dress to wear to dinner that night! We went to dinner Friday night, spent Saturday at the dog park with our pups and went to see a movie Saturday night! It was a perfect weekend!

Friday, he surprised me by showing up earlier than expected with flowers, candies, wine and a dress to wear to dinner that night! We went to dinner Friday night, spent Saturday at the dog park with our pups and went to see a movie Saturday night! It was a perfect weekend!

I hope these 5 tips help if you are struggling in a LDR! Clay and I have been in a long distance relationship for almost 2 years and it couldn't be better. We travel almost every weekend to see each other, so we definitely have that advantage (I understand some aren't able to do this).Basically, I am here to explain that with trust, time,  communication, surprises and commitment, your relationship (if it's meant to be) will work and become extremely strong! I am incredibly thankful for our relationship and I am here if you need to talk, or some advice! 

Happy Valentine's Day, have a great one!