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So, because The Beard and I didn’t have that discussion when he left, the first few weeks of his departure from SA were a stop-start affair of awkward conversations.

You gotta get a little obviously romantic, because all the usual bonding behaviours like handholding and surprise kisses aren’t available to you.

Long distance relationships (LDRs) are not for the faint hearted or weak willed. So take this advice from whence it comes, because apparently I am a certifiable half-wit for attempting this craziness a second time. Without the latter, keeping in touch becomes super important.

The former was managed relatively well, the latter is a work in progress. We were in this together and nothing could break our spirits. The Golden Boy and I swapped amazing care packages, letters (yes, handwritten) and even photo journals.

We might have gone overboard on the romcom drama, but knowing that we were in it together made the rules of engagement much simpler. When you’re not, you both need to be 100% clear that this a mission you’re tackling together. Relationships are part communication and part physical intimacy.

Because first impressions count and with a combination of a well thought out venue or activity and an effort in yourself – you’re guaranteed a date that will lead to many more.

Not everyone is vocal (or obvious) about their feelings, so many of us often find it difficult to express those deeper emotions.

Summer days are long gone now and the festive season is all set to commence with October upon us.

So, what better way to kick the season off with a bang than to get dating! But they don’t all have to be about dinner and drinks.

And sexual monogamy in a LDR is a definite unrealistic expectation.

It was a major flaw in my relationship with The Golden Boy.

With that in mind, I’m thrilled to welcome blogger Aima Christ to the blog to give us some great tips on dating ideas with a difference! Here are some awesome date ideas that will guarantee it’s one to remember.

Fun, affordable and a great way to get the chemistry fired up.

See, you’re off living separate lives, meeting people, doing stuff and having a whole range of experiences – you’re bound to run into some sexy tight spots occasionally. Claiming ownership or entitlement to your partner’s sexual self (and vice versa), while neither of you can actually accommodate each other’s needs, is unfair to both of you.

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