The loooooooove connection...

When both partners value creativity, for instance, they may each act out that value in different, separate ways. I write; you paint. I dance; you knit. When a couple shares a value, even when they act out that value separately, it's an opportunity for connection between them. If we both value creativity, we have the opportunity to value each other's creative endeavors. It may even be an opportunity to find a new endeavor together.

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Planning ahead

Diets that claim to save you time, those "fast, fabulous weekday meals," can be genuine time-savers -- if you've been cooking multiple elaborate meals every day for years. But if, like most people, you're starting from take-out, from frozen foods warmed in the microwave, from scrambled eggs or packaged ramen every night, well, cooking real food isn't going to save you time. It's going to be a time investment.

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Adding sunshine to your meal

Food I make myself is competing with food other people make me, and they usually get to rely on sugar, simple carbohydrates, convenience, and doing the dishes for me to make their meals especially enticing. So, me-made food sometimes has to be super-shiny, really flavorful, and reasonably simple.

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