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March 8, 2024 3 Min Read

Happily Ever After Starts Now: Practical Tips to Prepare for a Lifelong Partnership

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Picture this: a lifetime of shared laughter, triumphs, the odd argument (we’re all human!), and a whole lot of love. 

When you say ‘I do’ or decide to commit long term, you agree to a profound partnership deeper than most understand or realize. 

You’re not only sharing an address but dreams, worries, joy – you name it. The good and the bad. This bond offers enormous power for mutual growth and shared happiness, but it’s not always easy.

That’s why it’s important to work on having a partnership that can stand the test of time.

 

Love’s Toolkit: Practical Tips for a Robust Union

Making a long-term partnership work takes actual work. The best things in life are never free, and when it comes to living with another complex human being, it can be anything but simple.

The key to a successful relationship is all about you. You should always take ownership and responsibility for the things you can control, the most obvious of which is your own thoughts, your own words, and your own actions. 

Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

Embrace the Change (Happily, Together)

Entering a lifelong commitment means change. And change can be challenging.

But imagine it like this: it’s two individuals, hand-in-hand, hopping on a tandem bicycle, pedaling together towards a beautiful destination.

  • You’ll develop a shared routine like alternating who makes breakfast on weekends.
  • You’ll integrate lives, maybe by adopting a fur baby together or starting a family.
  • And most importantly, you’ll still maintain your individuality. After all, those unique quirks are part of why you fell in love in the first place, right?

Coach Maria Manthou recommends that couples share how they imagine their future in a relationship. Couples must understand each other’s goals or longings to ensure they are on the same page. 

Don’t treat this as a task list. Embrace the fact that two people can share a load and get creative with how they approach the structure of their lives. Feel free to experiment and see what works. 

Have fun with the process.

 

Building Communication Skills: The Backbone of Your Love Bridge

Coach Maria says a couple must learn to communicate effectively to ensure a solid foundation for any relationship. It’s like the magic potion that makes everything smoother. Here are some things you should do to ensure communication success.

  • Open discussions about everything from what shows to binge next to how you feel about starting a family. No topic is off-limits. 
  • Active listening—we mean genuinely listening, not just hearing. The kind that makes your partner feel valued.
  • Negotiation, because, hey, compromise is part of this deal. But remember, it’s about finding common ground, not winning a battle.

We also recommend regular check-ins where you get to actively talk about the things on your mind, the state of the relationship, and a chance to share what you love and what you’d like to see improved.

But we all know that in any long-term partnership, disagreements will occur. That’s why Coach Maria recommends that couples learn how to handle a conflict appropriately. When two partners disagree, they have the opportunity to grow with each other. The key is understanding boundaries and when it’s time to stop the conflict. 

 

Financial Planning Together: Let’s Make Cents of Our Future

Ah, money talks, often tricky but oh-so-necessary. Let’s demystify this touchy topic.

  • When done together, budgeting is less of a chore more like strategizing for that dream home or vacation.
  • Discuss whether you’d like joint or solo accounts—or maybe both.
  • Align your financial goals, like saving for a rainy day or planning to buy that cute little cottage by the lake.
  • Tackle those bills and debts. Try to make it fun, like playing a board game.

Don’t take just our word for it. 40% of partnered people living together don’t have insight into their partner’s finances. Yet, it’s proven that talking and being open and honest about it makes for healthier, happier, more stable couples.

 

On the Path to Ever After? Don’t Be Shy To Ask For Directions

Navigating the world of lifelong commitments can feel like an exciting maze. There’s no shame in saying, “Hey, a little guidance, please?” Because, hey, you’re in it for the long haul—a beautifully choreographed dance that lasts a lifetime!

Reach out to a TaskHuman coach for the support you need as you embark on this exciting journey.

 

Book Coach Maria →

 

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