The ShuGars Turn Two!

Our two year wedding anniversary is here!  I can still remember Mr. ShuGar serenading a Beatles song to me as he then proceeded to get on one knee.  I can vividly recall all the daily hard work we put into making our Beatles themed wedding a reality.  I still have flashes of our challenging first year of marriage as I was immersed in my graduate program.   Even though two years may not seem like too long, I am so proud of how much our love has grown during these last two years.

I know there are so-called “marriage experts” out there who claim to possess the secrets of a long-lasting marriage.  To be honest, I don’t know if there is a special formula to guarantee everlasting love.  I do know what has worked and hasn’t worked for us and I’d like to share it with you.  Behold my marriage dos’s and don’ts for year two.

Do Take Time To Tell Each Other, “I love you”

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it helps.  My day can be so hectic and consuming at work.  Before I leave to tackle my day, we always say, “I love you.” It keeps things real and it connects my heart to Mr. ShuGar, despite us being away from each other.  “I love you” still makes my heart skip a bit. Don’t underestimate the power of those three words.

Don’t Be Bossy

This is something more directed to the ladies. You know what I am talking about!  Some of us like to have everything done in a certain way. Well, actually, more like we like “our way” as the “right way.”   Don’t be too bossy with the hubs; it’s a turn off.  Bite your tongue and try to listen to his suggestion.  It might actually be a better method!  I know that I am guilty of this “don’t,” but I have learned that Mr. ShuGar has his own style and I respect it.  It’s still hard, though.

Do Have Date Nights

Where does the time go? We all lead such busy lives where weeks and months pass us by and maybe we haven’t had time to just go out on the town and spend quality time together.  Do not sacrifice date nights.  They not only nurture the relationship, but they remind me of the myriad of reasons I fell in love with Mr. ShuGar in the first place.  By the way, date night is not sitting in front of the tv at home.  I am referring to time spent looking in each other’s eyes and just sharing our stories.

Don’t Hold Grudges

I am not going to say don’t go to sleep angry because we have done that tons of times. I don’t think that’s realistic and it is certainly not us.  I will say I am learning to just let things go.  Sometimes they can be “big” things, but, most likely, they are the tiny things that set you off.   Who cares if he didn’t clean the countertops after you repeatedly asked him. Let it go. It’s not worth a fight and it’s definitely not worth holding a grudge.  This would be a sure way to infect our relationship with bitterness.

Do Make Time For Family

Family is extremely important to us.  Even though my family lives in LA, with traffic it’s quite the distance.  Mr. ShuGar’s family is in Michigan – even further away!  Nevertheless, we visit Michigan at least once a year because it’s important to see my in-laws and share myself with them.  I am lucky because my in-laws are lovely.  For others, it may not be the most fun thing to do, but it’s your spouse’s heart.  I need to value his family and cherish them.  Making time to be with them goes a long way.  With my family, we are committed to seeing them at least once a month, if not more.  I love to see my family laughing with Mr. ShuGar.  It warms my heart.

Don’t Be Afraid of a Good Fight

I know, your’e probably thinking, “Say what?”  Yeah, I proclaim that a good fight every once in a while is normal, ok, and healthy.  I think it’s completely unrealistic to think you can avoid all disagreements. What kind of a phony relationship is that? When we fight, we learn from each other.  We adapt to avoid the same fight again. We then become closer.  We understand we don’t want to hurt the other person.  These are all parts of the marriage experience, especially in the early years since that’s what I know.  Now, don’t go all cray fighting and saying things you’ll regret.  That’s a definite no-no!  Always, always maintain respect.

Do See a Marriage and Family Therapist for a Deeper Connection

Before I proceed, please know that seeing a therapist does not make you cuckoo or a sign that you are heading to a divorce.  Those traditional views are long gone.  We see a therapist so that we can have an objective observer help us through any nagging issues we have.  We are both obsessed with her! She calls us both out when we’re acting selfish or being unreasonable.   Your friends and family will always be biased.  Plus, they may not have the best intentions all the time or the experience to give you the proper advice. Going to therapy is like having a mirror in front of you that reflects who you are as a couple.  It allows us to work on our problems, but also gives us neutral territory to discuss anything in our heart.  I can say that through therapy I have witnessed how much I am loved by Mr. ShuGar.

That’s it! Those are my lessons in our second year of marriage.  I don’t claim you should do or not do all of them.  This is what has worked for us and I want to share my heart with you.  The bottom line is this:  Value each other and never take for granted the love you both have.  These things will get you through all the ups and down that life will surely throw at all of us.

Do you have any marriage advice? What has/hasn’t worked for you? I’d love to hear it!

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  • Great tips. I love that you mentioned marriage therapist. So many people see therapy as s sign of weakness when really it is a sign of strength. My one advice is to express gratitude for each other more often. I try to tell Chris several times a day how much I appreciate everything that he does, even little things like getting me a glass of water. He now does the same for me and it makes our relationship a lot stronger.

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca

    • Hi Rebecca! Yeah – I think there might still be this shame associated with it, but I feel it’s so healthy for our relationship so I decided to share that piece of us. I love the gratitude appreciation. It’s so important to be reminded of that every day. Even a few words, goes a long way in showing love. Thanks for sharing!

  • happy 2 years! beatles themed wedding is amazing! epic!

    • Hi Jane! Big thanks! Anything Beatles is definitely epic! Are you also a Beatles fan? I wish I could relive the wedding again. It was so beautiful and went by in a blink of an eye. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Happy Anniversary! Your wedding dress is gorgeous! I think your marriage/relationship advice is great. I am still personally working on the ‘no holding grudges’. I know I could be better at letting some things go.

    • Thank you so much! I wish I could wear my dress again. It’s too pretty to just wear for one day =) The grudges part is hard for me too. I’m a work in progress with that one. You are not alone! Thank for sharing and stopping by!

  • Elba // Live Colorful

    Happy anniversary guys! I hope you have an amazing day/night with mr. Sugar. I love your “Don’t be bossy” tip, I’m still working on that 😉 Xo, Elba

    • Hi Elba! Gracias, amiga! It has been an amazing weekend. I feel very, very lucky. Yup, I admit I can be a bossy pants. Not sexy. It’s hard because sometimes you just like things done your way, but it’s better to be more flexible. thanks for stopping by!

  • Awesome advice! Happy Anniversary! This December I’ll be married 3 years and it just flies on by!

    • thank you, Christie! three years for you…congrats! it does go by quickly. i still can’t believe it. i can still remember him getting on one knee. thanks for visiting!

  • Happy 2 year anniversary! What a lovely picture, and such great tips. I would love for my husband and I to be able to see a therapist together- hopefully soon!
    One thing I might add is ‘don’t take each other for granted’. It’s so nice to appreciate each other and really reflect on how much they enhance your life, what they do for you every day, etc.
    Hope you guys are celebrating well! xoxo

    • Hi christy! Thank bunches for the well wishes! To be honest, seeing a therapist has been one of the best things we could have done for us. It has helped us be stronger and closer. I hope you are able to find the one that works for you both. I completely agree about not taking each other for granted. that’s a big one! It’s important to acknowledge the other person and how much he/she means to you. We have had an epic time celebrating! many thanks for visiting!

  • Great post! Love your blog. Thanks for coming by homemaker-mom.com!

  • Yay anniversaries! We just celebrated two years in June. Congrats! And all your marriage advice? Totally spot on and a great reminder <3

    • Happy anniversary, Alyssa! Doesn’t it just fly by? Love that you like the marriage advice. I’m sure we’ll learn more as the years pass us by. Thanks for visiting!

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