"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," - by Bill & Melinda Gates.
I was totally shaken by this announcement.
Couple of months back I watched the Netflix documentary Inside Bill’s brain and thought to myself ’Wow, two incredible humans, doing incredible work. What a great team they make- nurturing business, marriage, kids, society…’ Clearly, you never knows what happens behind closed doors.
I was 💔 to hear this news. I am a hopeless romantic. When I come across couples who seem to work so well together, I expect it to last forever. I want to continue to hear stories of the incredible things they can do, experience and create together. It’s juvenile. I blame all the romcoms I watched growing up that has conditioned me to believe in happily ever afters 🙈
Adam Elmore put out a question on twitter to married folks with young kiddos.
Married folks with young kiddos in the house: how do you carve out alone time with your spouse?"Couples (including me) shared their struggles & how they deal with it. Was so helpful to hear from other parentpreneurs in the same boat.
This made me reflect on the fragility of marriage. It made me feel uneasy. To calm my anxiety I usually research on things that worry me (it’s going down a rabbit hole, but that’s my coping mechanism). Then I come up with a mental model that helps me manage my uneasiness/anxiety.
I looked at some behavioural science, listened to Dr. John Gottman, spoke to other parentpreneurs I know and put together this visual. 5 areas how you can spend quality time with your partner while juggling business/work, kids, family, and social life.
Any other suggestions?