We were recently asked to share any advice we had for newlyweds. So Nate & I sat down, and we talked, and I did what I do best–I started a list. ;)
And while what we came up with is pretty simple, I thought it might be worth sharing here. So here goes…
AMANDA & NATE’S ADVICE FOR THE NEWLY MARRIED
#1: BE PRESENT
Take time to be present together. As a couple that works from home together, this is especially important for us to remember. We can’t just say we’re going to have a date night and then proceed to sit on the couch working from our laptops as a movie plays…we need to completely set things aside (work! cell phones!) and be totally present with one another.
#2: ASK QUESTIONS
I think it’s good to frequently ask each other how you are doing. It’s a simple question, but sometimes when you ask you find out that you had no clue your partner was even feeling a certain way. Openly communicating our thoughts and feelings puts us in positions to be helpful and encouraging to one another…but sometimes you have to ask first to get to communicating.
As cheesy as it sounds, make time to snuggle. 5 minutes of daily snuggling should be mandatory! ;)
#4: DON’T LET THE SILLY STOP
Don’t stop being silly with one another…ever. Laughter is so important. We joke that 95% of our marriage is us inventing song lyrics and dancing badly…and that’s probably fairly accurate.
#5: YOU’RE LUCKY
And lastly, always remember how lucky you are that you got to marry your best friend. Write it down. Put it on your fridge. You are blessed.