What was your first impression of each other?
Audrey: I was really in awe of his maturity and how wise he was. He was established and knew who he was, didn’t play any games, and had such a rich life experience. The chemistry was immediately obvious too.
Felipe: A sweet and highly driven woman, with an unbelievable sense of altruism and selflessness. You know that connection that allows you to talk with a person for hours, about a hundred different topics, and still feel there is more to learn about? That was us on the first date.
What’s your favorite thing about each other?
A: His attentiveness – emotionally, intellectually, physically.
F: Her ability to balance out life obligations with small pleasant moments to admire the beauty of life. For instance, why not take a walk around the block on a sunny day and feel the breeze between meetings?
How long have you two been together for?
About a year and a half. We started seeing each other in July 2022.
What’s your number one tip for resolving conflict?
A: Be transparent and communicate your feelings and how you’re interpreting things instead of running with assumptions. Usually those assumptions are wrong and can come from past experience instead of fact.
F: If you’re intentional about learning about your partner, you’ll start to understand scenarios and predict conflicts and avoid them before they happen. Learn about your love.
What’s most important to you in a relationship?
F: Respect and shared values are the most foundational pillars in my opinion.
What are your thoughts on couples therapy? If you’ve attended therapy, what have you learned?
A: I think therapy of any kind is so powerful. The more you work to understand yourself, the better you show up in a relationship. Couples therapy is an extra support to overcome a challenge, to go deeper, or to prepare for something big!
F: I’ve personally never attended couples therapy, only individual therapy, which expanded my self-awareness and increased my self-love. I believe that with couples it wouldn’t be different, the outcomes will be more knowledge about the couple’s dynamic and a clear action plan to increase the overall well-being of the couple.
Describe how you met in emojis:
What’s your rose/bud/thorn?
- Rose: Being intentional – about our time together, future, and how we show up for each other! and travel/adventures!
- Bud: Communicating our feelings and repairing things quickly if we have arguments.
- Thorn: Truly understanding differences and respecting them.
- Rose: Planning and aspirations.
- Bud: Shared activities, such as group sports.
- Thorn: Be better with dates and make milestones special.