I’ve often wondered how I got to this place in life. Two days ago, Marc and I celebrated our 35th anniversary. It sometimes is too big of a number to even comprehend, but most days I can’t remember much of my life without him.
That’s not to say I’m wearing some fancy rose-colored glasses about our years together. They have been good and hard, sweet and sour, precious and prickly. We’ve been down as much as we have been up.
Such is the story of most everyone we meet who has made it this far in life. We always say, “you can’t fake 40,” which essentially means you have to have the years of experience to see the bigger picture of your life.
Now that we are both well past 40, we continue to be in genuine awe when we meet people who have been together for longer than we have. How did they do it?
It seems hard enough to stay married for many years, but add to that the running of a small business where both of you have roles and responsibilities. What happens to the marriage and the business when both of you are doing life and work together all day, every day?
Well, that is part of why we decided to start asking questions of people like us – married-business-partners.
What are the skills necessary to spend that much time together?
How do you keep the marriage alive and fresh, all while grinding at the day-to-day work tasks?
What happens when one of you wants to quit? Or has to quit?
We want to share what we have experienced and learned but also hear from you. What are your Top Tips? Are there things that you continually struggle with?
Share with us your comments below. We will share advice from couples who are willing to be honest about their challenges and successes in living and working together!