The answer is yes, yes and YES.
That might sound eager, but it’s honest. It’s 2018 and more couples are working together than ever. With so many couples working together, living together and trying to balance out work from personal time, there has got to be a method to the madness. Well, we aren’t claiming to have that method just yet, but we can share some insider information on what it’s like working so closely together and the effects it has on our relationship.
This isn’t a blog post about how much we argue, or anything negative for that matter. If you work closely with your partner, then you know the deal. It’s challenging, it’s trying, it’s fun, it’s so many things. It isn’t black or white, it’s a whole spectrum of things! But for us, it’s mostly rewarding.
As of now, we have been working together for nearly 1 year.
In order for you guys to understand what it’s like for us, you should probably know that we only started working together 11 months ago. We started our YouTube channel back in April of 2017. This was before we even considered starting our blog. During that time, the YouTube channel was supposed to be mine with the occasional appearances from Hannah. Around this time last year, YouTube was my thing. Starting a channel was going to be my outlet and I was ready. One thing led to another and Hannah was in all of my videos. It naturally happened that way, so we just stuck with it.
We started The Angelinos 3 months later, in July of 2017.
This felt like a natural evolution and another way for us to document our lives together. Since the start, we have learned a lot about working together and we’ll give you guys all the tea.
So, in what ways has working together affected our relationship?
It’s brought us closer together.
Before starting our YouTube channel, we spent all of our time hanging out. Seriously, we watched a lot of Netflix, ate a lot of pasta in Hannah’s dorm room, and went on a lot of dates. When we weren’t doing those 3 things, we were spending hours in Hannah’s car driving around Southern California trying to find something to do. All of this created some amazing memories, but after a while we wanted to do something differently. YouTube was our way of creating memories in a new way.
I quickly learned that Hannah is clearly better at video editing than I probably will ever be and I’m more of the photo editing type. We found our weaknesses and strengths almost immediately. Luckily, our weaknesses and strengths are complimentary, which moves things along more smoothly. From this, we were able to see how well we can work together. Honestly, working so closely together, spending more time together working towards a common goal, and seeing our own weaknesses made us appreciate each other more. What one couldn’t do, the other could. There;’s definitely a lot of “Thank you’s” and “omg, what would I do without you?’s” going around.
We found a new passion for content creation.
We’re both creative people. Before starting YouTube and our blog, we were floating around trying to find the best creative outlet, but we ultimately felt unfulfilled creatively. Once we started to create our own content, we felt at home. We already have a lot in common, but having the same passion about creating content is just another thing to add to the list. We get to bond over this new found passion, and getting to do it together is an added bonus. Individually, we have a lot of different passions, but finding a common passion has given us something to do together and it’s more fun than anything.
Working together makes us talk things through.
Working together means spending more time together and this can be a recipe for a disaster for some. We must admit, we get annoyed and agitated at times but even through the most annoying of times, we’re forced to talk things through. Sometimes, when I’m overwhelmed and annoyed, I don’t like to talk at all. This can pose as a problem when theres 50 million things to get done by dinner time (anywhere between 6:00-10:00 for us). Even at the most trying of times (basically every day) we still have duties to fulfill, so we always have to find some way to keep the gears turning.
Sometimes we disagree on a blog concept or I want to get something done now vs. later while Hannah would rather watch Criminal Minds. See? wake up people! This is real life. What do you do when your girlfriend won’t get up off of the couch when there’s so much to do? seriously, asking for a friend.
Regardless of our differences, we always have to find some way to meet in the middle because we’re two different people with two different personalities, working towards the same thing.
If you work with your boo, let us know in the comments how it’s impacted your relationship!
Until next time,
Ariana & Hannah