Are you sharing life with people you love?

… Or is life too busy you can barely make it through the day?

When sifting through your priorities for the day, it’s important to include spending time with those you love. Relationships strengthen when you share experiences. I’m not referring to sharing a post on social media – I’m talking about being there face-to-face. It could be as simple as catching-up over a cup of coffee. It could be as elaborate as planning a vacation getaway. Whether it’s simple or elaborate, sharing face-to-face experiences builds and strengthens relationships. It builds memories which you can talk about down the road. Here are some face-to-face suggestions to share life:

1- Invite your loved one to an event – movie, theater, symphony, art exhibit, wine tasting etc.

2- Schedule a meal or snack. Be creative – over time try all the Mexican restaurants in your area | over time taste all the cheesecakes at Cheesecake Factory | over time sample all the flavors at a favorite ice cream shop … you get the idea.

3- Play a game – board game, video game, cards, tic-tac-toe, hangman, etc.

4- Deliver a small gift – container filled with their favorite candy, bouquet of balloons, socks with a silly design, framed photograph of the both of you, etc.

5- Visit a nearby park and spend time walking and talking.

6- Read a book together – after each chapter talk about the plot, characters and what you think will happen next.

Any of the above activities could be accomplished using Skype, Google Hangouts or FaceTime. In this way, your loved one can see you and your facial expressions, as well as your surroundings. It’s not the same as face-to-face but a good alternative when distance is an issue. The key objective is to share life with those you love.


Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter and as a financial adviser. Her clients tend to be going through a major life transition (new graduate, marriage, growing family, divorce, widow/er, empty nest, etc.). Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”