Michelle & Greg

Status: Long-distance romance

About half a year ago, Greg left Montreal to chase his dream in San Francisco. Living in different countries meant a new chapter for their relationship. While long distance surely has its drawbacks (sometimes you just want to curl up and watch an entire Netflix series and feel less guilty doing it with your S/O,) it carries with it an invaluable lesson on self-growth and love. The truth is, when you love each other and you genuinely trust each other, there really isn't much that can stand in the way of that. 

That was the story of Michelle and Greg, until last week, when Michelle packed her life in two bags and followed her heart to San Francisco to join Greg on a new journey together.

What's your secret to make a relationship survive distance? 

According to Her:

Technology definitely facilitates long distance relationships. He's super techy so he's always trying to show me newer and cooler mediums for video chatting. I just found out I can put cat ears on my head via Google Hangouts, so that's where I'll be for the next little while. Staying connected is really the trick. We'll tag each other in funny Instagram pictures/Facebook posts so we can share a quick laugh while we're both busy going about our days. Laughter is what keeps the spark strong while we're on opposite coasts.

According to Him:

I feel like the key to long distance is letting the other person know throughout the day you're thinking of them. The little things count. Social media definitely makes that easier. The other thing is when you do have the chance to go visit your boyfriend/girlfriend, spend some time in the countryside together. Definitely worth the investment. Something magical about going to a secluded area with the one you love to remind you why the hell you're doing this crazy long distance thing anyways.

Lindsay & Harley

Status: Blissful Newlyweds

Lindsay and Harley met at a speed dating event while studying at the University of Ottawa.  They fell in love over a shared passion for food.  After four years of dating, Harley proposed on the rooftop of a hotel in Florence, Italy with the help of some technology and lots of bling.  

They married in Montreal in October 2013 and have lived happily ever after. 

How do you make it work?

According to Her...

We have fun together every single day. Even the most ordinary days are special when I'm with him.  we create opportunities for love, joy and laughter whenever we can, and it doesn't even feel like work... It's just who we are. 

According to Him...

While we are both extremely focused on our careers, we always prioritize our relationship before anything else.  I travel a lot for business, so often I will bring her along on these trips and turn them into work-cations.  Most weekends we spend our time hiking, biking and being outdoors, but we will typically reserve our nights for dinner parties with close friends, or romantic dinners for the two of us.  We make it work by putting in the time and effort required to nurture and develop our relationship and our love for each other.