As the end of the year approaches, I can't help but reflect on the year that was - as well as a few home truths: life and relationships can be bloody hard sometimes. I'm a naturally clumsy person, so juggling 17 balls at once definitely means that one or five have dropped along the way. (Starting a business, working six to seven days, planning a wedding, being future husbands partner and mum to my baby (I mean dog) as well as going to the gym seems like a lot to fit in. I honestly take my hat off to people who add kids and far more than that to the mix.
So, given that I am a few weeks out from my wedding, I have been reflecting a little on how to be a better partner. As someone who absolutely loves working and is naturally very independent, future husband definitely doesn't get the time he deserves. And to be completely honest, I often wonder if I am not only a sh*t housewife but also entirely a sh*t wife.
However in the spirit of moving onwards and upwards, I have spent some time researching (google) to find the key to a successful, long-lasting relationship :
1) Communication. Apparently this is more in terms of "I feel.." and less about "can you stop chewing so loudly."
2) Compromise. "I will come camping with you, if you come to a hotel with me after." *see previous blog on holidaying.
3) Connection. Sharing hobbies and interests...like boxing. Nothing says connection like sparring.
4) Honesty. "I'm being an a**hole."
5) Commitment. Sticking it out when you and your partner are both being complete a**holes.