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How to Thrive in a Long-Distance Relationship


Love. Trust. Respect. Communication. Compromise. The common string of words we hear when we talk about relationships. All extremely important concepts, yet I’ve learned a couple other gems lately.

Henry and I have been blessed with the experience of navigating a long-distance relationship for over a year and a half. That statement alone shows how we view this season of life. A blessing, not a burden. Along this journey, we have uncovered a couple beliefs and picked up a few habits that have tremendously helped to strengthen our relationship.


The foundation of our relationship is our faith. For us, God is at the forefront in all that we do. I personally feel at peace during this season of distance because I firmly believe Henry is using his God-given gifts to live out his calling. We have learned that God gives you what you need and not necessarily always what you want. Do I want to be living apart? No way! But I also wouldn’t change it for the world because the distance has made our relationship stronger.

Shared faith can be defined how ever you and your partner see fit. Maybe you’re not a strong believer in God, but you find solace in the universe, some form of higher power or a spiritual force. Nonetheless, there is clarity in understanding that everything in this life is working FOR you and not happening TO you! So find common ground and work towards a higher purpose. You don’t always have to be on the same exact page, but certainly make sure you’re working on the same chapter.

Personal Development

Get to know yourself! It is so easy to lose yourself in a relationship as you become invested and intertwined in your partner’s life. As much as we focus on our common purpose and goals, it is equally as important that we become the best version of ourselves as individuals. A team doesn’t become stronger by relying on a teammate to carry the work load. Each player must pull their weight, refine their skills, and strengthen their weaknesses. Coach’s wife just coming out #sorrynotsorry.

We have adopted an obsession with personal development podcasts and books. We constantly have conversations sharing our personal revelations and new habits we want to start implementing. When we get to spend time together, one of our favorite things to do is watch podcasts on YouTube. We tend to pause the program every 10 minutes because of some idea that resonates deeply with us. This lends itself to deep, philosophical conversations. We always walk away from those learning something new about ourselves and each other.

I plan on writing a post about my favorite podcasts soon, so stay tuned!


We have defined a few non-negotiables throughout our week. Every Sunday we call each other to stream our church’s service together. Every Monday we complete an entry in our journal, 52 Lists for Happiness. Every night we facetime with the kids before bedtime and Henry leads prayer. This consistency gives us an opportunity to connect on a deeper level and keeps us aligned in our faith as a family.

The day to day can become so monotonous, whether through phone calls or even in person. It’s vital to schedule daily, weekly or even monthly ways to connect outside of the norm. That could include date nights, day trips, reading a book, working out, or cooking a meal together. Committing to an experience with your partner can freshen your perspective and give you something to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant vacation, although I can’t wait for that day! Henry and I have even waited until the kids fell asleep and cooked a meal together for a date night. Be resourceful and create that spark!

As you can see, these gems are not limited to a long-distance relationship. You can implement any of these little nuggets into your current relationship if you feel inclined to build a stronger connection with your partner. A relationship requires serious intention, individual growth, and consistent effort to make it thrive. People are meant to change and relationships are meant evolve. The best part is that YOU have the ability to guide that process in a positive direction!


"You can’t just give up on someone because the situation’s not ideal. Great relationships aren’t great because they have no problems. They’re great because both people care enough about the other person to find a way to make it work." - Unknown




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I'm Katrina! A proud wife + humbled mama making the best out of life and staying centered among the chaos

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