Nate Bagley wants to help busy couples break out of the “dinner-and-a-movie” dating box.
Joanna Schroeder, one of the executive editors here at the Good Men Project, emailed me last week about something that sounded pretty cool: Unbox Love. Nate Bagley started Unbox Love because he wanted to help couples who may have fallen into a dating rut. I was curious, so I asked him a few questions about it.
1) Tell us a little bit about what Unbox Love is about.
One of the biggest, and most quiet enemies of healthy relationships is busyness. Couples get bogged down in the ever-growing pile of commitments, and work, and house cleaning, and running kids to soccer practice, and preparing meals, and volunteering in their communities. Then, when they finally get time to spend alone together, many are too burned out and tired to plan dates like they did early on in their relationship. Instead, they resort to what’s easy: Dinner and a movie.
Couples who subscribe to our service get a date-in-a-box delivered to their doorstep once a month. Our goal is to provide couples with at least one opportunity every month to do something together that inspires communication, connection, and even a little bit of creativity with little to no planning involved.
We want to make date night fun again, while removing the stress of planning.
2) What first gave you the idea for Unbox Love?
The idea for Unbox Love came about when the sister of one of Unbox Love’s CoFounders, Steve, gave a wedding gift of 12 boxes – one for each month of the year. The couple loved the gift! Several months later, during a conversation about creating meaningful relationships, the date boxes came up in conversation and we decided to see if other people also loved the idea as much as we did… and Unbox Love was born.
3) What’s one of your favorite dates?
Personally, one of my favorite dates is going dancing. I took a few ballroom dance lessons in college, and then got into Lindy Hop, and it’s become one of my favorite things in the world. I find there are few things more exhilarating or intimate than two people moving as one on the dance floor. There’s something about the give-and-take, the flirtation, the chemistry, and the need to be able to explore, try new things, and fail in a fun way involved with dancing that is magical. It’s really hard to beat.
So, if you and your partner find that date night has become a bit stagnant lately, Unbox Love might be a fun way to shake things up! You can learn more about it at www.unboxlove.com or sign up at www.unboxlove.com/sign-up.
In the meantime, here’s a video of the Lindy Hop that Nate mentioned!
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