This week we share the love story of Eric & Allison. This beautiful couple shares some great advice on marriage, travel, and always working on being a good partner. Read ahead for their awesome relationship insight!
Eric & Allison
Ages: We’re both 29
Status: Together 12 years and Married
How did you meet?: We’re highschool sweethearts 🙂 We met when I was a Junior and Allison was a Sophomore. I was a real nerd back then. Well, let’s face it, I’m still a huge nerd! But I was really into DDR. Yep, that’s Dance Dance Revolution. I had a DDR party at my house and a friend of a friend invited Allison over. It was pretty much love at first sight. Or maybe she was just mesmerized by my sick dance moves.
When did you realize you were in love?: I wouldn’t say it was actually love at first site. But after the first year of being together, we just knew that this thing wasn’t going anywhere. And 12 years later, I’m more confident than ever that there’s no one else out there for me!
What qualities in each other make you a good match?: Well, they say opposites attract, and in our case it’s so true. I talk a lot, she’s a good listener, I hate to cook, she loves it, I try my best to be a leader, she’s most comfortable as a follower. We really do compliment each other in the best ways. I think that’s what makes us feel whole when we’re together. We fill in the gaps in the other person’s personality.
We’re not opposite on everything though. We share similar political and religious opinions which I think is a very good thing. Oh and we’re both addicted to House of Cards!
What is your perfect date night?: Screw date night, we’re looking for adventure! We’re happier sharing a bottle of wine while camping on top of a mountain or trying to keep up with the locals at pub in London than we are chilling at home and watching Netflix.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a couple and how did you get through it?: I think our biggest challenges came when we were younger. We were still finding out who we were as people. We split up for a while when Allison went off to college, that was a pretty tough time. But we came out of it stronger than ever and completely confident that we had already found what we were looking for.
What is one thing you would like to improve about your relationship?: Our relationship is truly amazing, but it isn’t perfect. I think I have the most room to grow here. I can be a bit short tempered and inconsiderate of her feelings at times. Luckily she’s amazing enough that she just brushes that off and sees right past it. But I still work hard to not be such an ass sometimes.
What advice would you go back and give yourselves when you just started dating?: Don’t worry about marriage. Being married might make your mothers happy, but it’s not a requisite for love. You’ll know when the time is right. And, when you decide it is, don’t blow tens of thousands of dollars. Just go down to the courthouse, make it all official, then throw a huge party with all your friends. The party is all anyone remembers anyways and it’s the main reason people attend weddings!
And never insult each other, no matter how mad you get. Insults can sting long after a fight has been resolved, so be very careful not to throw them at the one you love.
Lastly, travel. Traveling can be stressful, exciting and life changing. When you share these experiences with someone else, a lasting bond is formed. It can sometimes be a real test of your relationship, but you’ll come out of it much stronger.
Thank you Eric & Allison for sharing your important life lessons with our LoveTrippers!
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