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With kid(s) and a business in the mix, what do you do to maintain your relationship with your spouse?
When my husband and I first started talking about having a family he told me something I found appalling. He said, “Our children will never be more important to me than you.” Honestly, I was shocked. I couldn’t fathom feeling that way. I was raised by a mom that we were her entire world. You hear that a lot. You have kids and everything else goes out the door. And here I was married to a man that didn’t think our children would be #1. The more we talked, the more I realized he was right. I know also believe this. Our kids are definitely a top priority in our life, but we come first. Our relationship comes first. We want them to learn about relationships through us, see the every day nice things we do for each other and what we do to continue to strengthen our bond. When... Read the rest of the answer here.

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How did you find room in your marriage for your interests and passions?
When we first started dating (in high school) we were young and passionate about Art and Skateboarding. My wife was in the state’s best schools for art, I was a sponsored skateboarder touring the county. It was easy getting behind what the other was passionate about. Early in our marriage, we somewhat shelved those passions to be “really good at being married” – whatever that means. I stopped skating, she didn’t do much in the way of art projects. It only took a few years before we were miserable from not doing what we loved, though it was totally by accident. My wife started working with another artist, got inspired and then started taking welding classes. I was bumped because I was “losing” my time with her. After sulking a bit, she sweetly encouraged me to take a photography class. I had done darkroom photography back in school, but not... Read the rest of the answer here.

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What is the hardest aspect of being married to an entrepreneur for you? How has that changed over the marriage?
There’s a saying: ” love is spelled T-I-M-E” Being married to an entrepreneur is challenging because time warps. I can start a project, and look up hours later as if seconds ticked by. It takes personal discipline to realize that as a married person, your time is not totally your own. Projects will always be there, but don’t take advantage that your spouse will always be cheerfully waiting till you get that next perfect detail just right. (cue cold dinners) Learning the power of NO. No to people who what your time and work even though you really want the project. And most importantly, No to yourself. Telling yourself NO in order to leave a margin of time for your spouse and family. We’ve been blessed to have a project (business) that has brought us together 24/7. We own an art gallery that I run operations, web store, photography, etc.... Read the rest of the answer here.

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