Project Romance: 5 Secrets to Having It All

These 5 love-saving tips will light up your romance and help you find more balance.


“Having it all” can be a pretty tall order to fill — loving marriage, fulfilling career, stylish home, well-behaved children, flat abs, homemade dinners. Yes, comparing real life to the perfect pictures on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook can be incredibly discouraging, especially when your kids are running rampant and dinner is plain-jane grilled cheese. Again.

Project Romance: 5 Secrets to Having It All

Fortunately, the secret to balancing all of these important aspects of your life is knowing when to step back and invest in romance. Romance is often the first aspect to get sacrificed, but if you can keep the romance alive then smiling through life’s annoyances and balancing work with soccer practice will feel a whole lot easier.

Psychology Today claims that happy couples have 20 positive daily interactions for every negative one. Intrigued? Follow these five tips to carve out a little more time for romance and watch as your life’s balance melts into place:

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 83 Comments

  1. Avatar of Carmen Griffin

    Carmen Griffin

    This is what I need to read! I’m experiencing emotional stress at the moment *sigh*

  2. Avatar of Della Martin

    Della Martin

    I’d like to add: develop small and consistent habits with your partner 😉

    • Avatar of Elsa Gomez

      Elsa Gomez

      yeah, like doing chores together or cooking dinner at home. it creates bonding time and at the same time having fun.

  3. Avatar of Koda Hansen

    Time management is an important element — it’s important to make time for small luxuries.

  4. Avatar of Elizabeth Gonzalez

    Elizabeth Gonzalez

    Very helpful! Sometimes it’s hard to maintain connection amid intense schedules!

  5. Avatar of Esther Devine

    Esther Devine

    Totally. I find it very hard to hard to handle multiple desires — career success and relationships!

  6. Avatar of Brittany West

    Brittany West

    When I’m with my special someone, I make sure work doesn’t distract my attention.

  7. Avatar of Deanna Woods

    Deanna Woods

    Thanks for the tips. I most of the time struggle juggling career, ambition and relationship…

  8. Avatar of Genie Mackenzie

    Genie Mackenzie

    My boyfriend and I make it a habit to schedule a date night every Thursday (and it CAN’T BE RESCHEDULED). This way, we find quality time together to look forward to…

  9. Avatar of Isabela Quagliato

    It’s very important to create regular time to spend together.

  10. Avatar of Roe Elizabeth Merry

    My parent’s and his are very supportive of what we are doing. They know that we also need some time alone together so they are supportive whenever we let our children sleep with them.

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