The Newlywed Life: I Miss My Husband!

Her first trip away without her husband - does absence really make the heart grow fonder?
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The Newlywed Life: I Miss My Husband!

Her first trip away without her husband – does absence really make the heart grow fonder?

-Jenna Mahoney

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Here’s a fun fact about Husband and me: We maintained a long-distance relationship for more than five years. He wasn’t stationed a few states away. Nope – he lived and schooled in Spain, while I was living the dream in NYC.

It’s exciting to have a boyfriend who lives far away. You always have great vacations. And having an international guy gives you a first-hand perspective on a different culture (not to mention language and food). And it helps you examine life and its problemas in innovative ways. Long-distance relationships can also help you grow together. There is a lot of trust and communication involved in maintaining a cross-cultural romance. And life plans and conflicts get resolved with a ton of conversation and without door slamming.

I may have mentioned already that I’m a Beyoncé Independent Woman type. I strongly believe in having individual interests, spreading wings, and making my own money, honey. And having an international boyfriend allowed me to do all those things, while still enjoying the benefits of a committed relationship. So you’d think that when I went to Thailand a few weeks ago for 10 days, I’d enjoy getting some space. I did too, except I didn’t.

I’ve always traveled more than the average person. I wicked dig exploring the globe. It also happens to be a big requirement for my day job. (I’m the travel editor at a national bridal magazine.) Much like the aforementioned benefits of long distance relationship, I truly believe in the life enhancing powers of travel. And I jump quite literally at any chance to experience someplace new. With that also comes the chance for self-reflection and yes, personal space. The fact that I get a giant, über comfy beds without having to share them with a Mr. Snore Face who will remain nameless, is a big bonus.


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