As we head into autumn and holiday season, we head into engagement season, too… but before you say yes to the ring, the dress, and a partner for life, we encourage you to stop and think.
These days when Celebrity Love Architect Kailen Rosenberg sees a wedding happening, she doesn’t immediately think, “Oh, look at the beautiful bride!”
She thinks, “Sh*t, I hope they know what they’re doing!”
After introducing thousands of singles into healthy relationships and healing over 100 marriages headed for divorce, Kailen has found that they all had the same thing in common: 99% never knew who they were really marrying in the first place. Kailen teaches people how to get real about who they are and who they’re falling in love with so their incredible love can last.
So before you dive in to all things marriage, Kailen highlights the importance of thinking of the following factors…
1. Find out how ready for love you (and your partner) really are: The most important step you can take toward experiencing a healthy love relationship is to become completely honest with yourself about who you truly are when it comes to relationships and your own love readiness.
If your partner challenges you, drives you crazy — in the positive and negative connotations of this phrase — and he or she sparks your deepest passions, you are likely on the right track.
2. Confirm your compatibility: It’s not necessary to like all the same things or agree on everything, but there should be foundation of common interests and shared friendships that will allow you to grow into your new blended life together.
3. Meet the parents: You will learn so much from seeing where your partner comes from in terms of past love role models. We are likely to play out some version of what we witnessed as children, so you should be ready for that.
If either of you is the child of divorce or marital dysfunction, it isn’t necessarily a relationship death sentence; it simply means your mutual awareness of it and willingness to work through it honestly and openly are vital to the health of your own partnership. The level of openness, honesty and emotional vulnerability each of you share in this kind of conversation is a huge sign of how open, honest, and vulnerable you will be within your own marriage.
4. Look for deal breakers: Don’t walk down the aisle if you’re not completely in alignment with your personal truth. Be honest with yourself: Are there any things about your partner that go against your personal value system? It’s okay to challenge yourself to open your mind and think differently, but don’t ignore warning signs for fear of losing the relationship. Identifying and addressing these issues now is essential to starting your marriage on the right foot. If you go into marriage hoping certain fundamental qualities of your partner will eventually change, he or she may not be the right person for you.
Kailen is the author of “Real Love, Right Now: A 30-Day Blueprint for Finding Your Soul Mate — and So Much More!” and is known for her work on the series “Lovetown, USA” with Oprah Winfrey as well as the E! reality shows “Stewarts & Hamiltons” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”