The Hobby/Relationship Balance


Yesterday, marked the end of the third year of LD and I being together. Did we do much to celebrate? Not really, but we did get some ice cream. With all of the craziness and life changes going on recently, it was nice to have something to sit back and celebrate. The past two years, we went camping to celebrate, but because we have to save money and still don’t know where we will be living when our lease is done at the end of September, we have to skip the woods this year.

When I asked for feedback, someone indicated they would like to know how LD and I are able to balance our hobbies, lives, and time together. Part of it is simple math. There are 168 hours in a week and we spend about 40-50 of them working and 56 sleeping. That leaves about 62 hours in a week to do our hobbies, chores, and spend time together. When you think about it, that’s actually a fair amount of time. We love to do our chores together. We think it is a lot of fun to do the weekly grocery shopping together. The time spent in the car is valuable time. It is very easy for us to use that time just to talk to one another. We also work together to clean the apartment, which can get the chore done significantly faster. Working as a team can build our relationship more than anything else, although we sometimes turn things into a competition instead.

As for our hobbies, we are lucky that we share some of our favorite hobbies. For example, we could spend all day in the kitchen cooking, canning, or prepping food in some other way. Once again, we like working as a team and sharing our strengths to make some amazing food. However, we have some hobbies that we don’t share. I like to read or sew and LD likes to play video games. It is good to have some time to ourselves! Often we will be in the same room, but doing different things and we keep our alone time to no more than about 2 hours at a time. It helps us check in with each other and not lose the day. We also plan our time so that we know what has to get done on a certain day and what can be moved if necessary.

I am so happy to have spent the past 3 years with my best friend and partner in life. I can’t wait for the adventures that we will have in the future. I love you LD!


About Danielle Beranek

Life can get away from you when being young, married, and still fairly fresh out of college. Taking on a pet, student loans, going back to school, and soon a new house is enough to leave ones head spinning. For me, life is crazy, but only on the outside.
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