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At the end of April Ryan and I took a 7+ hour road trip to head to Texas where he participated in his second full Ironman (more to come on that on Friday!) When I saw this Car Ride Q&A on Make Me Up Mia I just knew I wanted to ask Ryan some questions on our ride to Texas. Some of you may have seen his video on marriage and commitment so I thought getting him to share a bit more might be interesting!
So here we go:
Cassie: What was the biggest change from dating to getting married?
Ryan: Living together. Instead of my life we started doing stuff for our life. Our house, our dinner, our family. (Being pretty independent I completely agree with this!)
C: What is the most important skill a couple should know and use?
R: How to communicate openly. This has two parts: one listening and one explaining. Either explaining in a way to be understood or making an effort to understand. Both people have to make sure they are doing their job. (We have also frequently talking about willingness and acceptance.)
C: What is the key to continue to have a successful marriage?
R: I that still is the open communication. (See above)
C: As a newlywed what was your biggest challenge?
R: This isn’t a good answer, but sleeping and getting sick. (Let me explain. Sleeping: I had an old queen mattress. It was a bit rough to sleep on as springs would poke you if you didn’t lay just right. I never had noticed since I slept in the middle but once we divided the bed for us both it became a huge issue. Bad sleep! Not to mention the one time I coughed in the middle of the night. I opened my eyes to see Ryan’s face right there! Oops! Once we moved out of the 450 sq ft apartment into our house we got a King bed that we love! Getting sick: I was teaching and Ryan worked in a cubicle. He was not use to being exposed to all the germs. We kept passing sickness back and forth and finally we had to resort to not kissing for weeks which was horrible! Now that I am not teaching it is much better!)
C: What is the best thing about marriage?
R: Being able to design a life with your best friend and the one you love. (My heart melted a little.)
So there you have it! A little male perspective on marriage! Our time on the road passed rather quickly in all honesty. I have said it before and I will say it again. I enjoy road trips a lot because I love the quality time I get to spend with Ryan! Hearing his perspective on marriage made it a little extra special this time too!
What was the biggest change for you from dating to being married?
Until Next Time- Truly Love,