5 Things I Learned about my Spouse over Dinner
This post is a follow up post to Reconnecting Over Dinner; sponsored by Adproval and its client.
We did it! We successfully completed the 10 in 2 Billion Dinner challenge and logged our dinners using the Dinner Call App. I can honestly say that taking this challenge totally changed our lives and helped us reconnect over dinner in such a positive way. It’s been such a wakeup call to realize how much opportunity we’ve been missing out on actually talking and conversing during dinner time. I feel closer to Dustin and more aware of him more then before now that we’ve re-established how sacred eating dinner, unplugged, is to us.
Also, if you followed me on snapchat, you saw how great this challenge was for me in the cooking department! I got to cook some really yummy meals and try some new recipes for us to enjoy at the dinner table and the Master Chef obsession in me is at a new height!
One of my favorite things about the Dinner Call app we used to track our dinners and participate in the Billion Dinners movement is that it gives you discussion prompts to use to start a conversation around the table. Dustin and I normally have plenty to talk about, but we used the questions every other dinner to change things up. I loved how much I got to learn about him (yes, you can still be learning about your spouse, even after being married for almost 3 years) through those questions.
Here are some of the questions we were asked and some of the amazing things I learned about my husband:
What are your dreams? I have always know that Dustin is a dreamer. He has plans and goals and is going places. Sometimes, I assume that I just know what he wants in life; but talking about this question made me realize that I need to check in with him more often about his goals. Life changes and so does dreams. Dustin is an entrepreneur at heart and he told me that he would love to invest in real estate so that we could have enough passive income to pay for our expenses that would allow him to manage his own schedule and be a more hands-on dad in the future. I loved being able to hear his passion about these dreams and to be able to discuss different plans and options we had in order to achieve them.
On the flip side, I was able to express to Dustin my genuine love for Life with Rosie and my blogging community. I have found so much happiness since deciding to focus all my time and energy on my blog. I have made real, genuine friendships and have been able to stretch my creativity beyond what I thought I was capable of.
What do you think makes a person a success?
Dustin talked about a successful person being someone who could reach their dreams without compromising their character or integrity. As we discussed this further, it opened a huge door to a conversation on what the word “success” means and how to judge if someone is successful. I loved that Dustin eventually changed his definition of success as to someone who reaches their goals but never arrives, as in their never finished chasing their dreams.
If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from a cook, a chauffeur, housekeeper, masseuse, or personal assistant, which would you choose?
Dustin really overthought this one; he didn’t want to choose a chef because he didn’t want me to think he hated my cooking and he didn’t want to pick a masseuse because he thought it would be awkward if he wanted someone else to touch him all day. He ultimately decided to pick a chauffeur, because after working in the rental car industry for almost 2 years and shuttling cars between offices, he is definitely over driving.
I would definitely pick a housekeeper. I don’t mind cleaning up our home, but it would be so nice if someone did the dishes and vacuumed for me on a regular basis because #doghair.
If you could only eat one food for three days in a row, what would it be?
Surprise, surprise, Dustin chose ice cream.
I chose steak because I’m basically a carnivore.
And yes, we are those crazy dog people who put Rosie’s dog food in a bowl and sometimes let her eat at the table with us. It’s adorable. I want to genuinely and honestly say that doing the #billiondinners movement was a game changer for us. I loved having an app that kept us responsible and on track and that helped us know that not only are we changing our lives, but we are joining a movement that is changing other lives as well. I challenge you to take the #billiondinners 10 in 2 challenge this upcoming holiday season; I promise you that it can change your life if you let it.
How do you treat you family dinners? What’s something you’ve learned about your spouse/significant other recently? What’s your definition of the word “success”?