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11 Important Things I’ve Learned in 11 Years of Marriage

“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” ~Dave Meurer 

My husband and I will soon be celebrating our eleventh anniversary. By no means do we have the perfect marriage or are we the perfect couple. Over our eleven years of marriage, I’ve recognized a few critical areas needed to build a solid and lasting union as a couple.

Here are eleven things I’ve learned in eleven years of marriage.

1. Communicate.

In the early days of my marriage, I was terrible at communicating my feelings with my husband. Rather than sharing what was bothering me, I , hoping he would read my mind.

Over the years, I’ve learned that my spouse is not a mind reader, and if something is bothering me, I need to talk to him about it so change can occur.

Both parties must be willing to communicate openly for a marriage to succeed.

Admit when you both are not aligned with each other. You don’t always have to compromise or give in, as doing this will make only one of you happy. Instead, find common ground by communicating your feelings honestly and looking at things from each other’s perspectives.

2. Support each other.

As a couple, we’ve always supported each other’s dreams—big or small.

Last year, my husband needed to move across three provinces for work.

While I didn’t see that in our future and wasn’t a fan of moving, I knew what it meant for him.

He’s always been an enormous support and constantly encourages my growth in business and my personal life. Without a shadow of a doubt, I knew I needed to stand by him and make a move, so we did!

Even when difficult, we must give each other support to grow.

3. Apologize to each other.

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