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Marriage: Easy as 1,2,3

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Marriage is a two-way street, right?  Partners for life who are  putting their best foots forward to be the best “half” that they can possibly be for each other.  Like anything, marriage has its ups and downs, its peaks and its valleys.  The honeymoon phase won’t last forever in marriage, but it is possible to keep that spice and happiness alive no matter how long you’ve been married.  10 years?  That’s a pup in the marriage world.  50 years?  Bravo, each and every one of us could learn a lot from those who reach that milestone!  No matter where you fall in the “years” of being married, if you can focus on 3 key points during the duration of your marriage, it truly can put you on the track of being easy as 1,2,3.

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First and foremost, look at yourself.  What you put into your marriage, you will get back, right?  Without effort on your part, you can expect the same in return.  Before anything else, do something for yourself to be a better YOU for your partner.  Confused yet?  Let’s boil it down…what makes YOU happy and excited each and every day?  Is it a hobby, a food, watching sports on TV?  Whatever it is, own it.  Then, build on it.  If you spend your days doing things that make you unhappy, then what do you think will spill over into your marriage?  Yep, you guessed it…your unhappiness.  Your feelings can be controlled by you, and what you make of yourself and your time.  Surround yourself with what you love and let that love trickle over to the one you love.

After getting yourself in check, it’s time to focus on your partner.  Really process how they are doing.  What are their struggles and what are they needing help with?  Are they struggling with time management and that just happens to be something that you are a rock star at?  Then..help them!  Offer to show them the way or guide them to be better in that area.  Take that stress off their plate and be there for them, and their needs.  Easy peasy, right?

Last, but not least, do something together that leads you in the direction of your goals as a couple.  Break those goals down to each other and really communicate on what you want and how you see accomplishing it together, the best way possible.  Start that journey, hand in hand, and work together.  This step needs to be something that both of you want to accomplish with the other by your side every step of the way.

Is marriage easy?  No.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely.  While marriage truly can be easy as 1,2,3….it takes time, effort and teamwork each and every day.  I am not a marriage expert, any way shape or form, and my easy 1,2,3 steps are merely ideas to try.  While they make work for some, they may not work for all..and that’s okay.  That’s the beautiful thing about marriage.  Each and every one is absolutely different and unique!

Are you in it for the long haul with your partner?  Buckle up, it’s gonna be a fun ride together!  What an incredible journey of life to be able to spend and experience with the one you love!  <3

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28 thoughts on “Marriage: Easy as 1,2,3

  1. Kate says:

    I’ve been married for 8 years (or is that 9 – oops!). Being a team and having the same goals is so important to us.

  2. Rhian Westbury says:

    Me and my boyfriend have discussed marriage before and we both know it’s in our future but I know that marriages take work but when it’s with the right person the effort is well worth it x

  3. Angela Tolsma says:

    Working together on your marriage is so important. Recently I asked my husband what his self care looked like and the answer really surprised me. I’m glad we’ve a great relationship!

  4. Lois Alter Mark says:

    Having been married for 36 years now, I can vouch for everything you’ve said! Marriage is not always easy and it does require work and commitment. But there’s nothing better than a good marriage, and it’s worth the effort!

  5. sarah camille says:

    I’m getting married in a few months, and cannot wait for all of it! I know there will be a mix of good times and big challenges, and there is no one else I’d rather go through them with. We have a couple shared goals, and I have found focusing on them really brings us together. 🙂

  6. Claire says:

    I am married and marriage is a great devotion and love towards one another, always willing to do everything for each other. It’s not easy easy but I think it’s awesome.

  7. Zoe says:

    This is a great post. 3 things that are quite simple but scream mutual respect and gratitude. I’ve been married for 16 1/2 years and some years and stages in life are definitely harder than others and I think that the first 5 years or so were the hardest (for me). The suggestions listed here are golden 🙂

  8. AmberLynn says:

    I’m not married, but I always find myself looking at other’s marriage advice. I guess when it comes to the idea of marriage, I don’t feel like there’s such thing as being over-prepared. Before committing myself to a person for the rest of my life, I love learning from others and avoiding their mistakes. You gave sound advice.
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  9. Gabriella says:

    This is a really great post. I’m kind of in a serious relationship right now and my boyfriend brings up getting married a lot. From the start, marriage was the goal, but now that it seems so close I think I’m actually scared to get married. Which sounds crazy because I’ve been dreaming about it my whole life. This post brings me encouragement though. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ashleigh Dougherty says:

    Really good post and I’m glad I stumbled upon this. I have people close to me who are about to begin a divorce, so I will be sending them this post to read.

  11. Lynne Harper says:

    Im actually on my 2nd marriage and this time I have found my Mr Right. I couldn’t be happier and 11 years later im still as much in love with him as the 1st day I met him. We are a great team 🙂

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