Whether you’re looking to be more social or tie the knot, this list can get you started on living your life to the fullest!

10/17/2017 .
Reannah Sartoris  .  Saddleback Singles Leadership Team

5 Things to do Before You Get Married

Depending on your current stage of singleness, you’re likely to hear a lot of advice on how to maximize this season. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the things you should or should not do, however, as I began speaking more and more with couples who are married, I started to find a trend in their advice that was worth listening to. Whether you’re looking to be more social or tie the knot, this list can get you started on living your life to the fullest!

1. Travel. Once you're married, have your career, or start having kids, traveling gets harder to do. Of course, marrying someone who loves to travel with you would be amazing, but there is something about taking a "girls trip" or a "guys trip" or even traveling alone that gives you a different level of growth and perspective on life. So I encourage you to take a trip! Where would you go?

2. Live alone. Getting out on your own can be scary, but is also very freeing. Even if it is with a roommate, living on your own will help you grow in your individual responsibility and help you prepare to manage your own budget and household responsibilities.

3. Try a new hobby. Life is always about learning new things, but being single means you have the freedom to try new hobbies and expand your interests. You'll learn more about what you like and dislike and you'll meet a lot of interesting people along the way.

4. Take more risks. Again, once you "settle down" with marriage, career, and kids, taking risks can get harder to do. Before you get married, try to face a fear, get out of your comfort zone and extend yourself when you can! For some of you, that may be numbers 1-3 above, or it may be something new altogether. What is one thing you can do to get out of your comfort zone?

5. Build strong friendships. What better way to practice the ultimate friendship of marriage, than working on building your current friendships! Whether you're a wallflower or a social butterfly, we can all work on being a better friend and encouraging deeper relationships with others.

By doing all of these things, you'll learn more about yourself and more about the kind of spouse that would be a good fit for you. God says in John 15:16 that “I chose you and appointed you that you might go and bear fruit and that your fruit will last, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.” God wants us to live full lives for Him! Once I started getting out of my comfort zone, I got closer to God’s plan for my life.

How about you? Have you tried any of these five ideas? What would you add to this list?