It seems impossible that we’ve only been married for two years. It seems like it’s been so, so much longer after everything we’ve done in the last 731 days.
We started here:
Photo by Georgi Anastasov
And since then, we’ve visited 14 US states.
We’ve been to 12 different countries.
We lived in Spain for 10 months.
And now we’re back home in Philly where I’ve started a new job and we’ve moved on to another new chapter in our lives.
We’re constantly planning more adventures together, trying to squeeze as much as humanly possible into our lives in the hope to learn more, to grow together, and to discover the joys of the world. We challenge each other to always “go, see, do” because we inevitably become better people from our experiences.
Mr. Socks and I have been an unstoppable team for the last two years, through the highs of traveling the world together and the lows of being isolated from friends and family. We’ve learned so much about each other as our marriage has grown a little older and wiser, and while we definitely have a comfortable routine, I never find myself bored.
Our marriage is this amazing, incredible bond that I feel incredibly protective of and fortunate to have. It is precious to me to keep safe and nurtured with love, communication, and understanding, no matter what forces of nature and life blow around us. I’m still positively giddy over the fact that I’ve found this partner to face the world with. It is a truly incredible feeling.
We took this photo in Ireland, right after we got a flat tire on the side of the road. Later in the trip, we got lost & stuck on a dirt road in our new rental car, and then I fell down some stairs, sprained my ankle, and had to go to the ER. We were still smiling at the end of the trip.
If I were to give advice after only two years of married experience, it would be this: don’t treat marriage like a chore. If you let it, marriage can open you up to entirely new possibilities and new adventures if you trust yourself and your partner. Marriage can push you to examine those not-so-attractive parts of yourself and you’ll come away absolutely amazed that this person still loves you fiercely and unconditionally. The joy of that kind of bond and commitment is not an obligation or a chore, so don’t take it for granted. Forgive your partner for his or her missteps because you know they’ll have to forgive yours soon enough.
And most of all, don’t be afraid of change. So often, people are so afraid of change that they hold each other or themselves back from progress as individuals, for fear of growing apart. When you open yourself up to change within your marriage and within yourself, you open the gates for a continual discussion with your partner that will challenge you to think, reflect, and set goals. Allowing for growth through change will ensure that you always have something new and exciting to look forward to with your spouse and you will grow with them, not apart from them.
Now that two years has come and gone, I should step back from Weddingbee, though I love the community so very much. I might pop in from time to time, though, and if you want to keep in touch with me, be sure to follow me on Twitter, @MandyWeger.
If you’d also like to catch up with our lives, my current blog is MarriedupwithWine.com. Stop by & say hi!
Happy two years, Mr. Socks! I love you!