Editor’s Disclaimer: I’m no love doctor. I’m just a busy blogger who dates another busy blogger so I know how hard it is to juggle a relationship when you are both busy side hustling but believe me, it can be done!
Happy Monday Friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. This weekend I got together with my girlfriend who I hadn’t seen in over 5 years and of course one of our main topics of conversation was relationships!
Apparently side hustling isn’t just a blogger thing because my friend was telling me how her boyfriend who works full-time as a website developer (making over $70K/year) also spends all his free time working as a freelancer making an extra $5k-$10k a month!!! If you do the math, this adds up to a very decent income at the end of the year.
The problem is, he’s only able to make all this extra money a month because he will sometimes spend up to 14 hours a day working non-stop. She must have remembered all my earlier
complaining mentions of J being a workaholic in the past because she was asking me for advice on how to date a workaholic. Boy oh boy, did I have some great advice to give her that I’m also going to be sharing with all y’all today!
Eat Dinner Together
No matter how busy J and I are, we always eat dinner together. We usually catch up with each other and find out how the other person’s day was during this time.
Accept His/Her Workaholic Tendencies
I found out really early in the relationship that J is a workaholic and even though I didn’t like it at first, I had to accept the fact that he is the kind of man who is always going to want to have a side hustle going because he simply likes to make more money. He will say it’s because an SEO Manager isn’t a stable career path but I know the truth!
Spend an Hour Each Weeknight Together Just Chilling
J and I will usually try to watch an episode of Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad together during this time so no one feels neglected all evening. It may not be the most productive thing to do with our time, but it’s something we both enjoy and it’s relaxing!
Have Causal (Inexpensive or Free!) Date Night Once or Twice a Work Week
Once or twice a weeknight, we have a causal date night together where we will go for a walk, have a picnic or grab some ice cream together. Tomorrow night we are going to go see my favorite movie of all time, Clueless at an outdoor park!
Plan a Real Date Night on the Weekends
Weekends are usually full of errands, but J and I always find time to at least do something fun together.
Go to Sleep Together
Sometimes one person will stay up later catching up on work, but we always try to make an effort to go to bed at the same time. I can’t explain why but it does make a positive difference in the relationship.
Any other tips to add to my list? How do you balance love/family and side hustles?