Fort Worth Date Night: Getting schooled

January 07, 2010

There are a lot of pressures with the purchase of a new calendar. First and foremost, the back-to-back, long holidays are a year away. Sure, there’s a Monday in May if you don’t get President’s Day off in February. July 4 falls on a Sunday this year, so, hopefully, your boss will let you have the following Monday off, as well. Seriously, are you really going to be productive that day?

Another great pressure is this whole “New Year’s Resolutions” movement. Why do we have to make these life-altering decisions every year at the same time? Why can’t these decisions be made on Arbor Day? Not much is happening then. Or, Groundhog’s Day? The excitement is over by 7 a.m. It’s pretty slow after that.

Actually, I am huge proponent of goals. If it takes the year starting over to make these dreams become a reality, then so be it. Think of it as a “life reboot.” So, what are your resolutions? The popular ones are usually to get in shape, to be a better person, to volunteer more, to make more money and so on. Hopefully, whether it be any of the above or ones that are not listed, you can see your resolutions come to fruition this year.

For those in relationships, do you make a “couples” resolution? This is great for two reasons. You have a built-in accountability partner. The other is simple. A happy couple makes a happy home. One of my resolutions in 2010 is to help more couples get closer and become more “couple-ish.” I want to make 2010 the year that it’s cool to be romantic. Here is my first contribution.

Education is so important. We all know this. It helps us advance in our careers. It keeps us younger by stimulating our brains. And it could be your very first couple’s resolution for this year.

Our beloved Texas Christian University offers many classes through its Extended Education Program. These are open to the community and are offered at times that are convenient for those who have real jobs and families, primarily, nights and weekends. The classes are a blast to take as a couple.

Extended Ed offers a large variety of choices for just about anyone. Some of the choices have to do with art, dance, photography, wine, jewelry making, history, gardening, yoga and so much more. You can even take trips with experts. The classes usually run one night or day, or just a handful of times, so you are not committed for a full semester.

Talk to your significant other and finally pick out something to, not only do together, but, learn together. This might be the most important Date Night you guys go on this year. As someone once joked, please don’t let this year be the year that your “New Year resolutions go in one year and out the other.”

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