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The How-To Lounge: Being Ready for an Engagement

I've been getting many questions from women who are frustrated that they are still waiting for their boyfriend to pop the question. While hearing a bunch of engagement stories are sure to make you green with envy if you're waiting for your man to get down on bended knee, it's important to be sure you're actually ready to take that next step.

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  • Make sure you're getting engaged for the right reasons -- not because you feel like an engagement is the next step, because you want the ring or that you will be relieved to have a fiance, but rather because you want to live the rest of your life with this man who you love and adore
  • Be sure you are at the same place in your relationship. Sometimes one half of the couple gets pressured to take the plunge despite not being ready which will in turn, only cause resentment or make for a very bumpy road ahead
  • Be sure you have the same views on money, kids, gender roles at home, house guests, alone time, leading a healthy lifestyle, fighting, drinking, religious beliefs, in-laws, friends, etc.
  • Make sure your sexual needs are compatible. You both have to be satisfied between the sheets, or at least comfortable talking about your desires and wants in order to be in a happy, satisfying marriage

Respecting each other is the most important factor to consider before getting engaged. Learning how to listen and really hear each other takes work, so if you are both willing to put forth all the effort and time into making your relationship better and better, then by all means, say yes! Good luck!


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