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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.
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