"We don’t have to wait till Valentine's Day to think about relationships, whether we're in one or would like to be. Most people would agree that romance is the key element beneath the relationship pot.
Be it a steamy, sizzling wok or a warm, steady slow-cooker, romance is the flame that generally gets-and keeps-the heat of love alive. But what exactly is "romance"?
When my wife and I were dating, we were ultra-romantic in the usual sense of the word.
There were roses, love letters, surprise gifts, spontaneous adventures, and hours upon hours of talking and... you know, that other stuff.
To be honest, though, some of the initial romantic heat has cooled off a bit.
Like couples everywhere, we find ourselves pressured by the demands of daily life: work, children, finances, household chores and commitments to extended family.
Yet, through all our years together, we have somehow found a way to balance these things.
And while our definition of romance has changed somewhat according to our altered circumstances, we still manage to keep our relationship fresh and exciting.
White-hot all-consuming passion has melted into love, consideration and affection.
But most of all, romance for us has become a way of making the ""everyday"" exciting.
It doesn't take a lot of money or effort - just a commitment to making our relationship special by paying attention to it and a willingness to make (here is the four-letter secret)...
Romance keeps the spark alive.
It keeps a relationship vital and interesting. And... it takes time!
Nurturing your relationship, enhancing it, and keeping it flourishing takes time, which is all too precious for many couples.
But by establishing priorities and setting goals, by making better use of the time you have, and by creating time you thought you didn't have, you CAN find more time for each other.
The first thing to do is prioritize!
You can spend your time in one of four ways, doing things that are:
When you look at all your time-consuming tasks, let go of any task that is not important.
By focusing most of your time on doing what is important but not urgent, you can eliminate a lot of the crises (important and urgent) as well as the unimportant things. Your perspective on what