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Has Work Ever Impacted Your Love Life?

Have you all tuned into PR-maven Kelly Cutrone's reality show on Bravo? Kell On Earth follows the busy workers at Kelly's fashion PR firm People's Revolution. One of the show's stars Stefanie, aka Skinner, is obviously a valued hardworker, but she sometimes comes off as a bit of a workaholic, having trouble delegating projects to others. Not only does her busy schedule result in scrambled eggs for dinner, it's also having a negative impact on her social life (nonexistent) and love life (doomed).

On last night's show, Skinner had trouble disconnecting from her cell phone while spending time with her boyfriend of one year — it totally reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada. Skinner was a little rude, and you could tell that it upset her boyfriend. But while she seemed to really like him, she had no intention of putting work on the back burner. So by the end of the episode, her boyfriend broke up with her. Have you ever been in a similar situation?

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ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I used to have to travel to Milwaukee two days a week, every week. It definitely affected my life. I went w/o a boyfriend, cause I didn't feel like I could dedicate enough time to him. I was work 60 hours a week... it was a very "me" time, though, and truthfully - it was probably good for me in the long run.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
Neither of us work excessive hours, but we have opposite schedules (me basically 8:30am-5:30pm, him 6:30pm-3:30am or later). We get to see each other for 30 minutes on most days. I can't say it hasn't affected our relationship, though I wouldn't say it has weakened it. I will be glad if it changes someday!
boredgourdless boredgourdless 7 years
I had a job where I was constantly on the go, living out of a suitcase three weeks a month. When your work is monopolizing your life that much there is no room for a love life. And that sucks. I'm glad to be closer to home now.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I used to work really weird hours and that did cut into our time together. I'd finish at uni, go straight to work, finish at one or two in the morning, go home, sleep and go to uni.However now I only work weekends which means we can see each other during the week a bit more. However he works stupid hours too, so we only see each other for an hour or two.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
Deidre, I agree with you. I don't think is healthy to allow your work take priority in your life. My ideal is to be able to balance work and personal, to have time for myself is very important.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
Nope. I learned a long time ago that I would never be happy with my job being the prominant thing in my life. I admire the people who work really hard and have all sorts of ambition...but climbing the ladder is not for me. I prefer to work hard when I'm at the office and to let it all go the second I leave the building. I'm aware that this can be limiting in terms of how much I can make or how far I can go, but it's necessary for my sense of balance and sanity!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Mine hasn't, but my boyfriend's has. I think anytime that you're barely seeing each other it's going to affect your relationship.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
no, we make each other the priority and while we work our allotted 40 hours a week, we make sure that we put each other first aside from the 9-5 timeframe 100% his work does take him out of the city more than i'd like, but he still phones me twice a day when he's not home, takes days off when he can, and does the 5 hour drive every single week just to be home - so it's as perfect as it can be!
zabrow zabrow 7 years
my boyfriend & i live about two hours apart, so it's not easy just to pop over to each others' houses for a couple of hours. i work 12 hour shifts every other weekend & he's got a monday through friday job where he works until 8pm some nights & midnight others, so he can't really come down to see me much during the week. my every other weekend schedule makes it such that at best, we can only see each other every other week (unless i make the drive up there during the week). but then if either of us has something going on on my off weekend, we don't get to see each other for an entire month. so even though we don't spend much time outside of working hours doing work, our work schedules themselves keep up apart more than either one of us would like & makes things a little bit more difficult on us.
GregS GregS 7 years
I think I've worked my whole life in one way or another. I really do enjoy it, no matter what it was but especially if it was creative in some form. I've been pretty successful with that, too. But it has wreaked havoc on my personal life. It is not unusual for me to be working at 11 PM and getting up at 2 AM to work a few more hours, and then again at 7 to start the new day's work. I have done that type of routine for 10 years now, and it's pretty much ruined the marriage. There were a lot of other factors contributing to this, so I can't say that it was all work related. But it definitely impacted the social life.
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