Marriage means transitioning into a new phase for both partners. It is a great feeling to commit to someone this way but it also means that there will be few things that will never be the same.
So seize the day, women and before you tie the knot to move from me to we, try out new things or hone your skills in something that you are passionate about to check off items from your pre-marriage bucket list!
Not because you’re aspiring to become someone’s ‘ideal wife’ but because it’s reassuring (and important) to know that you can fend for yourself in the kitchen and make yourself a hearty meal, whenever the occasion calls for it.
5. Splurge on yourself
Because you deserve it. Since you work and work even harder to save some dough, it’s important that you spend it the way you like!
6. Get in shape
Get your act together. Make a mission; a firm resolve to get into shape by exercising and getting fit.
7. Pursue your hobbies
Think you’re good at something but never had the time to pursue it? Go for it now!! Like learning Spanish, photography, pottery or crochet.
8. Learn important skills
Driving, for instance, is an important and essential skill you must know. Ditto for swimming. Make a list of skills that you always wanted to learn but could not yet. This will make you more confident and independent, than ever!
9. Overcome your fears
What are some of your biggest fears? Afraid of sleeping alone in the dark or anything else? Whatever it may be, acknowledge and try to overcome it, step by step.
10. Appreciate yourself more
This is something most women tend to ignore. Remember to appreciate your hard work & love yourself better.
11. Experience heartbreak
Having our hearts broken and then repaired is an internal and hard journey. Eventually, it makes us stronger and much wiser than we ever were.
12. Love your body
Love your body and treat yourself to an occasional splurge, mani-pedi, facial or whatever it is that you love. Give that beautiful body all it needs and desires.
13. Date around
Make the most of your single life by dating as many handsome hunks you can find! Be safe and have good fun!
14. Decide how you feel about children
Having kids can change your life, so reflect / discuss with your partner about having children.
15. Make your career dreams come true
Passionate about entrepreneurship? Find your passion and make your career dreams come true.
16. Focus on your education
Spend some time pre-marriage on getting your degree or degrees. Of course, education is forever and the learning must never cease – even after marriage.
17. Experiment with your looks
Marriage may curtail your fashion eccentricities. So, experiment as much as possible – think Gothic looks, funky hairstyles, the works!
18. Learn a new language
Think Spanish, French or Persian! Expand your mind and have some fun with a new language.
Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? Watch the following TED talk to learn the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languages) and the four principles to help unlock your own hidden language talent — and have fun while doing it.
19. Get a pet
Caring for another life, be it a dog or cat, and being responsible for it is absolutely amazing and rewarding.
Moreover, studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners.
20. Do 1 thing you always wanted to do
Always wanted a tattoo? Do it now! Bungee-jumping? NOW is the time!
21. Spend time with your family
Do make time for your folks and all extended loved ones. Remember to appreciate them and show your love.
22. Dream big
What is it that you can’t do? Believe in yourself, always!
23. Accept and love people as they are
Learn to accept and love people with their flaws! Remember, no one’s perfect.
24. Be yourself, every day
Life is not about finding yourself but creating yourself, every single day. Go seize the day!
If you feel disconnected or frustrated about the state of your marriage but want to avoid separation and/or divorce, the marriage.com course meant for married couples is an excellent resource to help you overcome the most challenging aspects of being married.
Rachael Pace is a noted relationship writer associated with Marriage.com. She provides inspiration, support, and empowerment in the form of motivational articles and essays. Rachael enjoys studying the evolution of loving partnerships and is passionate about writing on them. She believes that everyone should make room for love in their lives and encourages couples to work on overcoming their challenges together.