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7 Questions to Help You Define Your Dating Relationship

7 Questions to Help You Define Your Dating Relationship www.monahodgson.com

You’re not married, but you’re dating. Or you’re thinking about going out with someone. Or maybe you have a gut feeling you shouldn’t be seeing the guy you’re seeing. Let’s chat.

Who you date or hang out with can determine who you marry, which dictates the direction your life takes. That decision is huge and life-changing.

Who you date or hang out with can determine who you marry, which dictates the direction your life takes. Click To Tweet

So I have seven questions worth considering in any dating relationship. These points to ponder help push fluttery feelings into the backseat for a bit, turning the driver’s seat over to some fundamental facts. I hear you: “Where’s the romance in facts?”

Well, here’s a fun fact … I actually write inspirational historical romance novels. Love stories are my favorite. I’m a romantic at heart. But here’s a little something I’ve learned in my nearly five decades of marriage to Bob … real romance isn’t fashioned out of feelings, but reinforces the foundation of a healthy relationship.

The dating kind of romance often lives and breathes in a dreamy (or needy) state of mind. That phase might prompt all kinds of romantic gestures. Roses. Salted caramels. Table manners. Wearing a clean shirt. Trimming the mustache.

The dating kind of romance often lives and breathes in a dream (or needy) state of mind. Click To Tweet

All of that is good stuff, but is it reliable evidence of a boyfriend worthy of a white dress and marriage vows? Or breakfast?

Nope. (more…)

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