I got some good advice this weekend from a family member and I thought that I’d take a quick second to share it with you:
The key to a successful marriage is communication.
This seems simple and I’ve heard it many times before from other people but it really stuck with me when my cousin said it.
We were talking about marriage and the difficulties that sometimes arise. My husband, Brett, works pretty strange hours because he works in event management. He has to work any night or weekend event that he is in charge of. Because of his job we don’t get to spend a ton of time together and he misses most family events.
I work a normal 8-5 Monday-Friday job which means that Brett and I really don’t see each other a lot during the week. It’s hard to communicate besides a series of text messages that are exchanged throughout the day. But no matter what we do communicate with each other. I always know what’s going on with him, if he’s having a good day or bad day, and what his hours for that day are.
Communication is the lifeline that holds us together. We may not be together but he at least knows that I care and am interested in what’s going on in his life.
While it is important to have the regular day to day communication it is equally important to communicate about any challenges and goals for the future. We are always talking about our short and long term goals.
We have only been married for a year (on August 19th!) but I can already tell that communication can make or break a relationship. I never want to get to the point where Brett is no longer my best friend.
What do you think is the key to a successful relationship?
Thanks for reading!