How to remember special dates or occasions like a boss.

I just finished celebrating my three year Iloveyouiversary with my wife. It was three years ago today when I first told my wife that I loved her. My wife thought it was soooo sweet that I remembered  this. Here's the thing though. I didn't remember.

This is what I did and what I do for any special or unique occasion I have with my wife. Whenever something significant or special happens with me and my wife, I open up my Google calendar and go back to the day and time that the event happened. For the event I will write what happened (our first date, first kiss, first time we talked, etc) and the day it happened on.

In the description I write details that I am likely to forget but might be useful to remember (like where we ate, how much it cost, impressions I had, etc). 

Important thing #1 - I set the calendar event as reaccuring on a yearly basis.
Important thing #2 - I set an email reminder for two days before the event. I find that two days usually gives me enough time to prepare to have a mini little celebration if I need to.

Once I receive the email, I am able to read it and it can refresh on all the event details. Say for instance it is my firstdateivversary; I will go up to my wife and say something like "Did you know that X years ago we went on our first date together? We went to X place and ate the X. I remember how X I felt and how X you looked, etc.

This has ended up working great for many things. I have been able to celebrate our firsttimetalkingiversary, our firstdateiversary, our firstkissiversary, our firstvacationiversary, and of course, our anniversary.

Pro tip: Keep a good journal. I had no idea I would marry my wife when we went on our first date, but luckily I had a good enough journal so that when I did marry her, I could see the time and date of our first date.

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

Feel free to contact me using my contact page. I would love to hear from any of you!


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