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Today is an exciting day for my husband and I. We are celebrating 13 years of knowing each other.

Thirteen years ago today, we were introduced through friends and have been inseparable ever since. I consider my husband my best friend and we’ve been so blessed to share an amazing year with our daughter Collette and our dog Duke.

I am happy to say that our English bulldog Duke is finally getting used to Collette. He was so jealous of her when she first arrived. I’ve been noticing lately that the two of them have created a close bond. Duke’s favorite thing to do now is follow Collette all around the house as she tries to walk. How cute is that?

Ok…back to my and my hubby! Ray and I have been married for 7.5 years. A question I get asked a lot is what my secret is to have a long lasting relationship. The secret is…that it takes a lot of work. Relationships aren’t easy and every couple has their own rules that works for them. I think the best advice is to create your own rules when it comes to a relationship and just be honest with one another. I do have some tips that I use in my life that I am going to share with you guys below.

My first rule in how to keep a happy life with your partner is to have a good understanding of your partner. Patience is key, since we all have our good and bad days. Especially when you have a child, so much changes in your life. Your life revolves around the baby and it’s very important to have patience with all obstacles you face. It’s important to have common understanding and respect with one another and trust in the relationship.

My second rule is never go to bed angry. No matter how ugly your argument can get, I truly believe that you must resolve all issues before you go to bed. It just feels so much better when you go to bed with no issues. You sleep more comfortably and are more relaxed.

My third rule to how to make the relationship work is to be spontaneous. It’s always fun to have a day open in the week where you and your partner can do random stuff. It feels great to know that you have no plans other than to be with each other and do stuff that you enjoy. From watching a new movie, to working out together or finding new restaurants to test out.

My fourth rule is to have some space. My husband loves to have his “guys” night once a week where he gets together with his friends at our house to watch games and do guys stuff. I opt to go hang out with my friends on his Thursday nights, whether it involves dinner with friends or attend work events. Absence makes the heart grow fonder…even if it’s a couple of hours.

My fifth rule is to start the day with kindness. It’s always great to encourage each other in the morning with some words of kindness. Even something small like making coffee or breakfast for one another. My mornings are really important for me, how I start the day foretells how my day will be. When I start my day with positivity and love, then I am sharing that all throughout the day at work, with my daughter or with my friends.

Hope you guys enjoyed my post today. It’s very personal and comes from the heart. I am so excited to celebrate 13 years of meeting the man of my dreams. I love him and my family so much and can’t wait to see what the next year holds for us. Thank you for reading this post and excited to keep sharing my personal stories with you guys here on my blog. LOVE YOU ALL! XOXO