21 Ways I Fail at Marriage

by EMILY ORTON on JANUARY 18, 2017

 Working Together     Photo Credit  Ty Lamont Mecham

Working Together     Photo Credit Ty Lamont Mecham

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.
— Henry Ford

I’m taking an honest look at 21 Ways I Fail at Marriage.  This is a companion post to 21 Ways We Strengthen Our Marriage.  I’ve spent half my life married to the same wonderful guy, so I’ve got plenty of material for both!

 We all have a little baggage.  Time to unpack!

We all have a little baggage.  Time to unpack!

  1. Parallel living--putting other responsibilities over our relationship  
  2. Assuming I know his mind and heart without asking
  3. Misreading his looks or comments
  4. Believing I’m right and caring more about being right than being unified
  5. Imagining my life is harder than his
  6. Staying up on social media while my husband goes to sleep
  7. Keeping old hurts fresh in my mind
  8. Inflating small deals into big deals
  9. Entertaining jealousy
  10. Comparing myself to others
  11. Insecurity about what gifts I bring to the marriage
  12. Insecurity about my body (hint: confidence is sexy!)
  13. Avoiding eye contact
  14. Saying what is bothering me before processing it myself
  15. Making accusations about his motives instead of asking questions
  16. Not tending to my health with sleep, food and exercise
  17. Disclosing to others things that should only be sorted out between us
  18. Impulsive temper
  19. Feeding worry
  20. Impatience
  21. Interrupting
 Weathering Storms

Weathering Storms

P.S. My husband is very forgiving!

 Figuring It Out

Figuring It Out