::15 Years Later::

Time flies when you’re having fun. That’s the adage, right? It’s difficult for me to believe Austin and I started dating 15 years ago. I’m not sure I can narrow down or describe how we make it work, but I’d love to share a few things I’ve learned in the past 15 years.

But first, look at this picture of Austin and I on our first date, such babies! 

  • Understand we are all a work in progress; no one is perfect.
  • Forgiveness, this shouldn’t be news to anyone.
  • Never stop “dating”. Alone time without phones is beyond important.
  • Be honest, even when the truth is difficult.
  • Trust, in all aspects of life.
  • Understand conflicts are good; but when you have a fight, fight fair.
  • Take care of yourself. Set personal goals, go out with friends, workout.
  • Remember your manners; say please & thank you.
  • Never stop playing; life will get hard but make time to laugh.
  • Compromise.
  • Compliment.
  • Be realistic.
  • Show affection & say I love you.

I by no means want to imply that Austin and I are perfect, we aren’t; we’ve just been blessed with the ability to grow together. We understand each, appreciate our differences, and remain committed to one another. 

Final thought: Remember love takes work. Work on yourself to be better and work on the relationship.

Featured image by freestocks on Unsplash