Camille Styles

How to Keep Romance Alive

February 1st, 2016

I’ve never talked much about my own love story on the blog — not for any particular reason, it just never seemed that relevant. Which is funny, since meeting Adam was a defining moment of my life and one of the very best things that’s ever happened to me. We met at work and got to know each other as friends for several months, which led to him asking me out for a surreptitious glass of wine one evening… and I think we both had a feeling then that we never wanted to be apart again. The 7 very eventful years that have passed since that night included getting engaged and then married, having 2 kids together, building a house, and each of us starting companies (among many other things), and while it hasn’t always been easy, I can confidently say that we love each other more with every passing year. Like so many other couples, I think our biggest challenge is not allowing ourselves to get stuck in a rut; it’s easy to get comfortable in the same day-to-day routine and forget to pay attention to each other when life gets really busy. So, in the spirit of this month devoted to Love, I’m sharing what’s been most important for us to keep romance alive and kicking in our relationship (hint: turns out it’s the little things that really add up.) Click through, and I’d love to hear in the comments how you guys keep things romantic for the long haul.

*photo is from a trip to Paris that we took for our 1-year wedding anniversary…

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How do you keep things romantic?

14 Comments under :: How to Keep Romance Alive
  1. Kelly Krause says:

    Total #relationshipGOALZ camille <3

  2. Traci says:

    A great way to rethink February rather than just focusing on Valentine’s Day. I love your morning walk idea!

  3. Kelly Colchin says:

    These are such great tips! I also think the family walks are so important. It sounds cliche, but for J and I date nights are key. We love to get together for a movie during the day or a slow weekend dinner. Babysitters really make the world go round!

  4. Rachel F says:

    your morning walk idea is golden and i absolutely agree about keeping conflicts within the relationship- as tempting as it is to vent without thinking! i also find cooking together very therapeutic…its a good chance to unwind in the evenings after a busy day.
    this post has been really helpful… big thanks from belfast, ireland

  5. Lynn says:

    Leave and cleave! That is, leave Mommy and Daddy and cleave to your spouse. If you are grown up enough to get married, be grown up enough to co-lead your own family and household. Do not allow any of your parents to triangulate themselves into your marriage.

  6. Tessa says:

    How did you get so smart, Camille 🙂 These are all great ideas, and though I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite tip, I think the one about sharing only the positives about your spouse is especially important…..except for that occasional vent session you mentioned 🙂 Also important to speak those positive words to each other. It’s so easy to slip into talking only of the kids, jobs, bills, etc. and neglect reminding each other of what you love about being a couple.

  7. Love this Camille. It’s like the “everything you need to know in life you learned in kindergarten” philosophy. Thanks for the reminders. Heres to continued love in all our lives.

  8. Chelsea says:

    Great post! Side note on your photo: the CS team is so well traveled! I would love a post on some of your favorite spots and travel recommendations!

  9. This is a wonderful post, Camille! I found myself nodding my head in approval throughout the entire post. Grand gestures are pretty useless, if the everyday kindness is missing. After all, it’s what you do every day, not once in a while, that truly matters and defines your relationship. Thanks so much for sharing your personal story and insight!

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