10 huge milestones in a love that lasts

The milestones in your relationship are not just moments. These 10 landmarks elevate your relationship to all new heights.

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  • Do you remember that first kiss, the first time you held hands or when you finally said "I love you?" These are just a few special milestones that commemorate relationships. In the 11 years I've been with my husband, we've shared countless milestones that we enjoy reminiscing about once in a while. For example, the ability to speak with our eyes after a couple months of knowing one another was an important milestone in our relationship. It highlighted how quickly our relationship had grown.

  • Some milestones you have in common with other couples, and some are strictly intimate. Either way, these moments are stepping stones toward a stronger connection between you and partner.

  • Here are 10 significant milestones in a long-term relationship:

  • When discussing money is not an issue

  • You no longer have reservations about discussing how much you earn. You feel comfortable enough to let your guard down.

  • Sharing social media passwords

  • You decide to exchange passwords without thinking twice. This is a sign you trust one another and there is nothing to hide.

  • No more dating sites or looking for love

  • You delete all dating sites you have on your cell phone or home computer. When it's time to go out with friends, you are not going out on a hunt for love. You are going out just to have a good time with your friends.

  • Getting engaged

  • Here comes the marriage proposal you've been waiting for after years (or, in some cases, months) of being a couple. The how, when and where of the proposal are intimate moments that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

  • Saying "I do."

  • You're at the altar, exchanging vows, saying "I do" and celebrating your love in front of family and friends. The idea of entering another stage in your relationship is refreshing and exciting.

  • Starting a family

  • You and your spouse decide it is time for a family of your own. Your first child is born. You are nervous — not sure what to expect. But you are overjoyed when you finally hold your child in your arms.

  • Comfortable around each other's family

  • Some people feel edgy around their in-laws. They have to watch what they say or do. But somewhere down the line, the moment comes in which you overcome the uneasiness you feel around your in-laws and feel relaxed. You gain another set of parents.

  • Not afraid of honesty

  • You no longer feel the need to lie or tweak the truth for fear of a bad reaction. As bad as things may be, you respectfully speak with the truth.

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  • Comfortable with the way you look

  • You don't worry about brushing your hair or your teeth as soon as you wake up. You hug and kiss each other good morning before getting out of bed.

  • Spend your free time together

  • As much as you love and respect your friends, you choose to spend most of your time with your partner. You prefer to stay home, cook together and watch movies.

  • Each milestone is a treasure, a memorable moment that deserves recognition. Milestones bring couples closer together.

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Mayra Colón is a freelance writer, former independent author and avid reader. She holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix and completed the Freelance Writing and Selling Online course from Rutgers University of Arts and Sciences.

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