17 August 2011

This old love

What a day. I mean really, what a day - do you ever have those days where you wonder how you got through them and struggle to keep your attitude of glass half full? That was my day today. I have a job that I love with a capital L but it can be hectic sometimes (as all of our jobs can be). Amongst all the chaos today though I had something that has never happened in my life before - I met for the first time a person who was 100 years old. We get lots of requests at my office for 50th & 60th wedding anniversary's and for 100th birthdays but never have I met the 100 year old person who we organise the certificates for. She was beautiful, sweet, and had an aura about her that can't be explained in words. As with all couples that are celebrating incredible milestones with marriage or age, I always ask the same question....

what's your secret to love & age?

Today's post I want to share with you some of that beautiful real life advice I've been blessed to receive from them over the years.
  • Don't ever let there be a boss in a relationship, be equal - but occasionally let the other person win the fights.
  • Never go to bed mad at one another.
  • Ensure that you don't just love one another, you have to like one another. You can love your partner or family, but you have to respect and like them as a person too (I adored this piece of advice).
  • Make sure you laugh together & at one another every single day. If you haven't laughed at one another during the day, stand in front of the mirror naked together at the end of the night (this was told to me by a gorgeous couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary).
  • Just get on with life. It's as simple as that. Roll with the punches, it's going to throw you things you don't like but just keep going (real advice from a 100 year old)
  • Always, always enjoy what you do.
I can't begin to explain the gratitude I have for others willing to share with me their real life advice on life and love so I hope these simple tips do as much for you as they have for me. Do you have some tips you've been given from elders? I'd love to hear it!!


Picture inspiration was from here, here, here, here & here


  1. Aw, these pictures melted my heart.

  2. So sweet and very wise advices! My grandmother always said to make sure to appreciate one another. xo-Taj

  3. pictures are the cutest thing ever!!!


  4. The pics are gorgeous I do have to agree! I found hundreds. If you do ever want a sweet little pic me up just google 'old love' and scroll through more pics that will just melt your heart!

    Anna xo

  5. I LOVE this post! such good advice.

  6. This is such a lovely post... I love the mirror tip!

  7. Wow these pictures are so nice, I love to see old couples walking on the street still holding hands, I always go ohhh whenever I see a couple like this! Your have a lovely blog and I'm a new follower! Hope you'll like my blog and follow back!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

  8. great advice :) and I love the pictures!!


  9. Elderly couples are the most adorable thing ever! It really gives a person a sense of love.


  10. Never go to bed angry! That's my advice. xo style, she wrote

  11. Adore the first pic! One of my besties has it on her day planner :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog <3

  12. This is soo true. The other day when I was In London sitting on the train I noticed this older couple (in their late 70's) playing footsie...no not in a gross way but more in a flirtatious, sweet way as they gazed lovingly at each other and she had this cute smirk on her face like she was in bliss. They looked so in love! I found this really amusing and it just goes to show that passion never has to go cold-turkey when you get older...if anything it should only get better! Something I aspire to have. Oh btw way I'm following you, hope you'll pop over and follow me too!!

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  13. I really enjoyed this post, and I love the simple advice of, "Always, always enjoy what you do." I think when we're passionate about all things in our lives, this can't help but spill over into our relationships and keep things fresh, real, and urgently undying.

    I also once read somewhere that love is a verb, not a noun. This means we should engage in the act of loving someone daily, whether this be by counting the endearing things our partner does, leaving a sweet note on the fridge, or working really hard to sort out a disagreement with understanding and patience. Something about this idea of love being a verb just gets me every time, but maybe that's the screenwriter in me. ;)

  14. @Cote' Writes - What an incredible piece of advice - It's funny because when I read your one on the secrets to next level kind of relationships, I commented and was semi rambling but wanted to say some of this advice from all the beautiful treasure oldies I've meet! So I'm glad you read this particular post and liked it - I will have to apply this practically to my life and relationship though - I think I might just start with a love you note on the fridge tomorrow xx

    Anna xo

  15. The Possibly Maybe site looks awesome, Anna! It seems like you've identified a good niche market in the hectic world of dating. There's a pretty popular free dating site here in the states is called 'ok cupid,' but I don't think they have age restrictions...I think it's pretty smart that you've created a site that appeals to younger daters. Congrats. :)


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