Thursday, February 16, 2012

I've been "wowed" ...

I got woken up yesterday with a sweet kiss and the sweetest “Happy Anniversary” whisper. It felt different, it felt special. I got up, wrote my little post on Facebook about how time flies and (I guess) how clearly I’m aware of the effort we've put forth and how appreciative I am of the results.

I got to work and my assistant asked me how I felt. It was our 15th anniversary and the fact that it falls on Valentines Day is an added bonus, I guess. How excited was I? I don't think what I felt was excitement, and actually the more I think about it, the only word I can come up with is “Wowed”! Yes, I was amazed!
“I am wowed”, I told her, with a big smile. In addition to love, it took lots of hard work for us to be where we are, and to celebrate 15 years of marriage, the life and love that we made…WOW!

No one will ever hear me brag about having the perfect marriage, the perfect man or that I’m the perfect wife. You will hear me brag about the fact that I have learned, worked and grown within our relationship and we are where we are because we’ve committed to making it work. Really, I look over my shoulder and re-live our history and I’m amazed by the good, the bad, the irreplaceable, the joyous, the sad, the scary, the milestones, the accomplishments, the deceptions, the rewards, the losses and the blessings we’ve accumulated over the years. I’ve said it before; that we are not an example to follow, and my purpose in sharing my experiences and stories is not to come across as Mrs. Know-it-all. We are not the spokespersons for the “How to make a marriage work” organization; we are only the result of the choices we’ve decided to make. What worked for us, the compromises and decisions we decided to take, may not be decisions suitable for another couple, however, it worked perfectly for us and that’s why we are where we are today.

I mean, it took and still takes lots of patience, sprinkled with God’s grace to deal with my husband’s habits (and peculiar behavior at times), especially since the dust of lust has settled, the honeymoon years are WAY back there in our past, and cupid has taken back his arrow to find brand new lovers. I've also always said that I’m an advocate of living together before getting married, because if you don’t, the things you are going to find out after the he “cantdonothingwrongyears” will make you feel like you married the devil’s brother or got tricked into a bad joke!

So, sitting at my desk tonight, I started to write down the things I’ve learned and feel have carried us through the 15 years we've been married. I want to share it with you all, while keeping in mind that I’m not here to teach anyone how “it” works; however, I feel in this instance, most of you who will read my “15 musts” (1 for every year we've been married) will not only appreciate but relate and agree.

Here they are, in no particular order, as they are all very important.

1. Laugh: The hubby and I get into this endless hysterical laughs, he comes up with the craziest jokes and stories and most of the time, it’s just about us and our silliness. This lightens up our days and nights; nothing beats a good laugh…
2. Fairy tales of happily-ever-after don’t exist; life tales of making-it-ever-after do. Thinking your marriage is going to be a lasting success just because you’re in love is a BIG mistake. Tina Turner said it best “What’s love got to do with it?”
3. Compromise is that nasty prescription pill you have to take to make things better. Pick your battles, not everything is worth an argument; knowing you are right doesn’t always need to be validated, sometimes letting go is worthwhile.
4. No one is perfect. Don’t elevate your spouse to a pedestal, although they will try to live up to it, you will be the one on the disappointing end when they fail. Be realistic with your expectations.
5. Know that you are equal partners but also know when to take a step back and let the other shine; every situation requires a leader but to accomplish and solve those situations you need to work as a team.
6. The 3 Cs: Converse, Communicate, communication, in whatever order you want…just do it!
7. Never go to sleep angry, you won’t have a good night of sleep. Don’t carry into tomorrow what can be said or solved today. Make every day a fresh start with no baggage…at least not opened ones…
8. Be humble, say sorry, show understanding and forgive: Recognize when you are wrong, right the wrongs and the same way you will want empathy shown towards you, apply it back and learn forgiveness.
9. You don’t need to do everything together, be each other’s official or unofficial best friend; but while cultivating your own friendship, make sure you know each other friends.
10. Be the number 1 cheerleader; don’t let anyone else stroke their ego more than you; validation that matters and has any substance needs to come from you!
11. Be loyal to your partner and your marriage; keep your privacy private…Respect each other at ALL times; some truth and details are not to be shared. You never want to disclose information that would make the receiving person uncomfortable being around your partner going forward. Even though you need a support system, make sure those you put in that circle know to be impartial and they are a support to the both of you.
12. Be selfless but never lose sight of your own happiness; that is your responsibility.
13. Want to be in it! There is no magic wand to make your marriage work, you have to want it. As I said several times, love is not the end-all or be-all to a marriage. It’s a must-have ingredient that needs to be cultivated, but much more is needed to make the relationship lasting.
14. Be an example to your kids as you are showing them how they’ll need to be with their partners.
15. Being insecure about yourself will only hurt you and your relationship.


As usual, this is about what I've learned and think is important in building a lasting relationship. Share with me your thoughts or advice you followed that helped you through your relationship.

        With love always


  1. Being a 'newlywed', i can only be inspired by this post. Everyone has their own priority, mine is my marriage. It is nice to be able to receive those 'tips' from the ones who made it. 15 years is a long time and i hope that in 15 years, i'll be the one the be 'wowed', i'll be the one sharing tips to the future newlyweds about what worked for me. Thank you Rosie for sharing this. My favorite post so far

    1. @Lala: I'm glad that you love this post and you have found perspectives, "tips" that you can look into and maybe use. Enjoy yourself in your journey, enjoy your husband. Always keep in mind what you love about him and nurse what he loves about you; the years will throw curve balls at you guys, but if you keep in sight why and what brought you guys to say "I DO" you'll be able to find your way back when in doubt...


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