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Celebrating Valentine's Day when you're apart

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you find yourself separated from your loved one on February 14th, here are a few ideas to celebrate the year’s most romantic holiday from Megan Bearce, licensed therapist and author of Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When a Job Keeps You Apart.

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• If your spouse or partner is working out of town, contact the administrative assistant in their office or the concierge at their hotel. These people can be extremely helpful “Cupids” for arranging a special gift to be placed on the hotel bed, flowers delivered to an office or meeting or any other surprise you’d like to plan.

• Go old school and make a mix-tape of your favorite songs from when first met. Send the electronic file to your loved one and have it play on opening. Or tuck it into their bag before they leave with their Valentine’s Day card.

• Schedule your own special Valentine’s Day when you’re both together. There’s no reason a greeting card company gets to decide when you express your love! Make your own special day a tradition in your family.

• Let them know a surprise awaits them upon return. Throughout the day on Feb 14th you can text or email photos with hints. A single flower, a candle, the edge of your favorite sheets. A little mystery goes a long way!

• A couple in my book often dines together via Skype. Set the table with dinner and your laptop or iPad, light some candles, turn on the camera, and let the romantic evening begin. You can see each other, chat, and connect almost as though you were together.

• Finally, why not pull the biggest gift of all and surprise them with an unexpected visit on Valentine’s Day!

Megan Bearce is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is the author of Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When a Job Keeps You Apart (Equanimity Press, 2013). Ms. Bearce is a sought-after speaker and writer on topics including workplace trends and families, gifted girls, and women’s issues. Ms. Bearce lives in Minneapolis with her super commuter husband and their two children. www.supercommutercouples.com www.meganbearce.com

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