Regardless of your current relationship status, everyone can agree that relationships are hard. They take work. They take patience, understanding, compassion, and communication. When one of these starts breaking down, it can cause a domino effect and before you know it, your once-stable relationship is now hanging on by a string.

Despite what social media may lead you to believe, not everyone is as happy as they are in their honeymoon photos from the Amalfi Coast. Of course, you love your partner and are committed to them, which is why you got hitched in the first place. But it takes more than love and commitment to make it through the ins and outs of day to day life.

Some breakdowns happen because of outside influences. If one partner works 70 hours a week, that doesn’t leave a lot of time for the other. They’re not working their butts off because they have nothing better to do; they do it to put a roof over their family’s head and food on the table.

At times, this leaves a spouse feeling lonely. They begin to look for hobbies or activities to make them feel important or to fill the void. For Liz Haslam, she turned to rescuing dogs. That passion quickly started taking over her life, however, and while she was helping dogs, she wasn’t helping her marriage.

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