We connected on our similar values and goals, plus we had an oddly similar sense of humor and attitude about life.

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It’s what makes me a passionate, success-hungry Millennial, right? Are we closing ourselves off to the possibility of slow-burning, long-developed love? ” Then, do we check out when we sense some impending disconnect?

Are we just hoping that someone will come along and fit perfectly with every commitment, tendency and mindset we’ve formed throughout our 20s and 30s? After all, Tinder dates and hookups are easy and quick cycles of instant gratification, riding on the process of efficient elimination. There was only moving forward together.”I may not be ready to consider marriage before I’m at least 30, and I may reject most traditional concepts of love and courtship. Maybe it doesn’t have to be one extreme or another.

Justin started a company, we adopted a sweet puppy, and are currently planning our wedding. Justin told me we were flying to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (his hometown) to attend a fancy gala that was honoring his dad.

(I had always joked with him that if the proposal day were to come, to PLEASE make sure I looked nice, so this was excellent planning on his part!

Working through the initial, ongoing hurdles of long-term love, however, is not so easy or quick.“It’s no wonder there are so many breakups now. Everything is about meeting demands and the next best thing, and you have so many reasons to look elsewhere. If things don’t work out, you go back to your separate lives and try again with someone else. Maybe it’s about finding a balance between the two. Lauren Ramesbottom is a Western University graduate living downtown, Toronto.

Maybe it’s worth it to take an introspective look at how we really examine our romantic intentions as Millennials, and ask ourselves if we are leading lifestyles that are conducive to love. A health/fitness nerd & unwavering coffee addict, Lauren considers herself walking proof that brunettes have more fun.

She admitted there were no shortage of trials or tribulations to endure. School, marriage, work, financial troubles, family disputes: These things brought them together, instead of tearing them apart. The difference now is, the majority of Millennials are hell-bent on paving their own, independent paths before they even consider joining their lives with another. The thing is, though, we are creating our lives and then trying to make them fit with another’s so far down the rabbit hole, so to speak.