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Relationships on their own can be hard. Add in miles of distance between you and the going gets tougher. Our relationship went through a six month period of being a long distance relationship. In addition to the challenges of long distance on its own, we had the difficulties that come with military deployment. So, here’s our advice and things that helped us make it through long distance.

The holiday season is fast approaching. Time for family, being cold, pretty lights, delicious food, all the fun stuff in a short span of a few months. One of the fun, but most challenging parts is buying gifts. Some people are easy to buy presents for. You barely have to think about it because they’ve already told you a thousand things they want. But when you ask some people, they respond with “I don’t want anything” or “you don’t have to get me anything.” Yeah, you could just not get them a present, but who actually means it when they say they don’t want a present. If you’re like me, you see this as a challenge. Then there are the people who legitimately don’t have a clue what they want (me). So, the question is: what to get someone who doesn’t want anything? Books Books are my first choice for…

The introvert extrovert relationship is an interesting one. If you meet us in person, it will be blatantly obvious to you that we have vastly different personalities. Evan is extremely extroverted, while I am pretty dang introverted. Online it seems like the opposite because I do the writing and social media, but Evan avoids having his photos posted. In writing this, I ended up down the rabbit hole of scholarly research on introverts and extroverts. There’s so many studies on a range of topics, like “Extroverts tweet differently” and “Are introverts smarter than extroverts?” While there is so much information out there about introverts and extroverts, I’m just going to discuss the close interpersonal introvert extrovert relationship. But first, let’s distinguish the difference between extroverts and introverts. There’s also ambiverts, who are in the middle, but I’m not going to focus on them in this post. So, when you picture…

Moving in together is a big step. Embarking on a move together across states is another enormous life change. Nobody tells you exactly how your first big move as a couple is going to go. If only it was as simple as packing up and going. Where do you begin? How do you coordinate everything? Is the dog going on a crate or getting his own seatbelt? I’m going to lay out our whole experience moving together, step by step, so you can see how we survived it. Planning Research Together The first step in the process of our move together was research. I want to say we decided on moving to New Mexico about a year ago. I don’t remember exactly when, but it was sometime before Evan was deployed. So, my point is that we started researching far in advance. Planning and research is a common theme in…

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