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Episode Info: When we hear that someone is dating or married, one of the first questions we usually ask is, "how long have you been together?" I LOVED it when people would ask me that when I was in a relationship with my previous partner.  I was validated by their reaction when I could tell them how many years we had been together.  Although we now know that relationship turned out not to be quite as solid as I thought it was. #The9YearAffair Ultimately, we tend to attach too much relevance to length of time as opposed to really getting clear about the health of a relationship and defining it based on qualities that often have very little to do with time. “You can meet someone who has better intentions for you than someone you’ve known forever. Time means nothing, character does.” -unknown We need to change the questions we ask others and ourselves around what qualifies as "success" when it comes to relationships.  This applies to ALL relationships, whether it's friendships, business partnerships or acquaintances.  Time isn't what matters most.  It's love, connection, and a willingness to grow and have a LOT of uncomfortable conversations.  We can start with this uncomfortable conversation.  Tune in and listen!  REFERENCES Episode #117, The 9 Year Affair: Lessons in Infidelity Episode #124 Affair Aftermath & Holding Space for a Friend in Crisis with Christina Montalvo Episode #108, How to Set Boundaries: The Key to Healthy Relationships Episode #93, Choosing Your Family & Establishing Healthy Boundaries   Want to join the conversation or connect with Emily?  Connect below!  CONNECT WITH EMILY Instagram @emilygoughcoach Emily Gough Coaching Room to Grow Podcast Facebook: @ Emily Gough Coaching   DON’T MISS… Questions?  Comments? Want to connect and chat? You can email me at, or DM me over on Instagram @emilygoughcoach with any questions, comments, or takeaways!  Plus, I would absolutely love to connect with you and thank you for listening in real life.  It makes me day to see you listening to the podcast and fills me up with pure joy. Seriously.  See you on the ‘gram! Questions?  Comments?  If Instagram and Facebook aren’t your jam, send me a good old fashioned email! BRAND NEW EPISODES EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY...
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