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Expert Advice on Maintaining a Healthy and Fulfilling Relationship

Hey there, kickass couples! Today, we’re excited to share our recent chat with Seth and Crystal Karnes from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. These two lovebirds have truly mastered the art of being a kickass couple, and we couldn’t wait to learn more about how they do it.

During our conversation on the Kickass Couples podcast, we talked about what makes their relationship kickass. Seth and Crystal both agreed that their shared passions, compatibility, and ability to have fun together make them a great team. They also have a deep understanding and respect for each other, which makes it easier to avoid conflicts.

But we wanted to know more about their backgrounds and how they got to where they are today. Seth shared that he learned a lot from his parents’ mistakes, particularly the “my way or the highway” mentality his father had in their marriage. He made a conscious effort to avoid repeating those patterns in his own relationship.

Crystal had a different experience, with parents who were affectionate but had their own issues. After her mother passed away, her father remarried and treated his new wife with the love and respect she deserved. Crystal learned from her parents’ mistakes and used those lessons to create a better relationship with Seth.

We also talked about the importance of communication, intimacy, and commitment in a relationship. Communication is key, but it’s not just about talking – it’s about listening and showing your partner that you understand them and authentically care. When conflicts do arise, proactivity is key. Addressing potential issues before they become bigger problems can save a lot of heartache down the line.(Do you remember us sharing in a different episode, the adage ’Short term hard decisions = long term easy outcomes vs: short-term easy decisions = long term hard or difficult outcomes)

One thing that really stood out to us was the idea of balance. Whether it’s balancing each other out in terms of personality traits or finding a way to balance your time and priorities, it’s important to make sure both partners feel deeply fulfilled in the relationship.

And speaking of balance, they also shared what they feel are 11 pillars of a healthy relationship. These include trust, honesty, respect, shared values, quality time, understanding, physical touch, forgiveness, gratitude, flexibility, and unconditional love. While every couple is unique, these pillars provide a great foundation for building a strong and healthy relationship.

So, kickass couples, let’s keep communication open, be proactive in addressing issues, and strive for balance in our relationships. And remember, with the right mindset and tools, we can all create kickass relationships like Seth and Crystal!

Until next time. Remember, happily ever after doesn’t just happen. It’s on purpose.