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8 Signs Your Relationship Is Built To Last

I was watching an old dating show recently that was almost like ‘The Dating Game’ where someone would choose a contestant based on their credentials (for lack of a better term), and then narrow down one person of the three to go on a date with.

More than once, the people decided to not even go on a date because they were just so different from each other on paper. While some personality differences are beneficial to relationships, I sometimes wonder to myself how many unhappy relationships wouldn’t have began in the first place if people were a little more discerning about who they end up with.

But rather than taking a negative approach to the discussion — I wanted to lay out five points that show you are headed in the right direction.

You fully support each other.

Whether or not you share each others’ passions or life ambitions, when you truly care about someone you want to see them succeed and be happy in whatever they love. This means standing beside them, not in their way, when they dedicate effort towards pursuing a goal.

You deeply respect each other.

This one needs no explanation — mutual respect between partners in a relationship is paramount to its success. Honesty, trust, friendship, and intimacy all grow from this foundation. Without respect, there is nothing else.

You are willing to compromise for each other.

While of course you should be compatible with your teammate, that doesn’t mean that you will automatically love every single thing they love, and vice versa. If you truly care for someone and their happiness, you will be willing to watch, do, see, and experience things they enjoy, as they would do for you in return.

Without compromise, we can easily find our relationships resembling a see-saw with a huge boulder on one side, the distribution never shifts.

In this case, the boulder represents the wants and needs of one partner. There should be an equal amount of balance in order to keep you both happy and satisfied.

You are similarly ambitious.

We can’t expect our significant other to have an identical plan for their future as we do (See: Compromise and mutual support), but it is reasonable to desire similarities when building a life with someone.

Like any team, as a relationship is, the results are best when the members are working towards a common goal together. This goal could even be something so simple as self-improvement. If one teammate is dedicating their life to personal growth, and the other is content with how things are and never displays a desire for change, then this can easily create resentment and tension over time.

You can trust your partner with anything.

I’m not sure why this one is so difficult to grasp, but if your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to go out with their friends who they haven’t seen in awhile, what’s the harm? A solid relationship won’t be shaken by this simple act and you’ll know they’ll be back in your arms at the end of the night or the next day. Nothing to see here, kids — move along.

If your partner doesn’t trust you, and you’ve given them no reason to feel this way, it is possible they are projecting their own infidelities or insecurities onto you.

In the “ultimate” relationship, both partners have earned each others’ trust and would never do anything to betray it.

You never judge each other.

Happiness in a relationship comes from two teammates who are able to be open and honest with each other. That honesty comes from being comfortable to open up and know that you will not be judged.

When you’re sharing your life with someone, there is no room for discomfort, secrets, or lies. Especially secrets or lies that are forced by the inability to be genuine with your teammate.

The right person for you will support and encourage you on your journey to becoming the person you want to be, but they will also love you as the person you already are — no judgment allowed.

You communicate effectively.

It’s natural to face conflicts when you spend a lot of time with any person, but a healthy relationship will resolve any issues by discussing their opinions and stances in order to understand each other better and reach a solution they both agree on. Frequent nasty, vindictive fights are a sign to re-evaluate your ‘relationship.’

You never lose sight of the little things.

The small things you do for someone are what count the most. These are the actions that show your partner that you’re willing to put in effort for them, just because. No special occasion or holiday required. You don’t need a schedule to show someone you love them.

A happy, healthy relationship will consist of two partners willing to put in equal effort, consistently. Great relationships are not about give and take, they’re about give and give.

When these little things start to fade is when the strength of the relationship will start to become more questionable. Do they really appreciate you? Do they still care as much as they once did? Is our relationship becoming stronger over time, or weaker?

Once you start asking yourself these questions, it is time to address them and find real answers.

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Every person who reads this will have a different image of their “ultimate” relationship in their mind. The key thing is to understand that it is possible to achieve, as long as both teammates are willing to put in the effort to uphold the integrity of the wants and desires.

Does it sound like work? That’s because relationships can be — but that’s what makes the great ones so rewarding.

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Mosque Built Inside A Defunct Church In Venice For Biennale Is Shut Down By City Officials

MILAN (AP) — Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland’s contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly used as a place of worship.

Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Buechel’s exhibit inside a former Roman Catholic Church creating the first mosque ever in the historic center of Venice sparked controversy from the outset. The chairman of the Icelandic Art Center, which commissioned the project, complained that Venetian authorities “have tried to prevent its realization rather than assist in making it possible,” under the claim “that the Icelandic Pavilion is not art.” “Perhaps most disappointingly, the administration of La Biennale di Venezia … has not supported this artistic endeavor in the way that would have been expected for an organization of its stature and proclaimed advocacy of contemporary art,” Icelandic art center Eirikur Thorlaksson said in a statement.

He said the closure indicated that the Biennale, one of the visual art world’s premier events, “is not a venue for truly free artistic expression.”

Iceland chose the deconsecrated Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia for the exhibit titled “The Mosque” in Venice, which for centuries served as a crossroads between East and West and is infused with Middle Eastern architectural influences. The project envisioned a working mosque for the seven months of the Biennale, which opened May 8 and comprises national pavilions as well as a curated main exhibit.

After weeks of tensions, Venice city officials withdrew authorization for the installation citing violation of the terms, including a ban on using the pavilion as a place of worship as well as security concerns.

The Venice Biennale emphasized in a statement Friday that national pavilions are managed “in a completely autonomous capacity” by the participating countries. It said earlier that it hoped a solution could be worked out.

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Someone Built His Rabbit An Iron Throne Made Of Carrots, And It’s Glorious

Will Wallace the Mad King be a fair and just ruler? Or will he hop jarringly from one decree to the other? How will he ensure hay quotas are met?

These are the questions Wallace the rabbit’s owner should have asked before handing over the keys to the seven kingdoms.

Alas, the mad king now sits atop the Iron Carrot Throne, holding tight to power. We think “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin would be proud.

King Geoffrey is dead.

All hail Wallace the Mad King!

A note for the new king, who should keep an eye on his waistline: per the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, carrots are high in sugar and should only be fed to rabbits in small amounts as an occasional treat.

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Built by Women: Winners in NYC

Women in the practice of architecture are on a roll.

First came the consciousness-raising, if not-quite-successful, 2013 petition to the Pritzker Prize Committee on behalf of Denise Scott-Brown.

Next: the 2014 AIA Gold Medal awarded posthumously to Julia Morgan, the gifted early 20th-century architect of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.

Now come the winners in the Built by Women competition, sponsored by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation in New York.

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Union Carbide Corporation Headquarters, Manhattan, NY,
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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Union Carbide

“We’ve been very fortunate with timing — there’s a momentum now, and a lot of people behind it,” says Nancy Nguyen, associate director at the foundation.

The numbers speak volumes. Out of 350 entries from five boroughs in New York City, 100 were named winners this week. They range from a transportation hub to a police training academy to parks and engineering projects.

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Zerega Avenue EMS Station, Bronx, NY, designed by Laurie Hawkinson, Partner, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects. Landscape Architect: SCAPE Landscape Architecture. Photo Credit: Michael Moran.

“There was one that was nominated twice,” says Carol Shapiro, director of the foundation. “It was Gravesend, and it was founded in 1643 by Lady Deborah Moody.”

This was a competition that looked beyond design to the functional impact of what a project does for the audience occupying its space. Entries covered the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and construction. In a number of cases, the projects were multi-disciplinary.

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Hunter’s Point Campus, Long Island City, Queens, designed by Sylvia Smith, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE and Ann Rolland, Project Director, FXFOWLE.
Photo Credit: ©David Sundberg/Esto

“It’s such an innovative field, so we wanted to celebrate the amazing women involved,” Shapiro says. “We’re trying to show that the field is incredibly collaborative.”

In the process, they’re also raising awareness about the impact of women on the built environment — to those already practicing, and to generations to come. And the competition is just the first step.

“There will be educational materials and panel discussions and walking tours,” Nguyen says. “We’re planning on putting all the nominations on a map and highlighting the winners.”

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Exterior of Common Ground Community, Schermerhorn
House, Brooklyn, NY, designed by Susan T. Rodriguez,
Partner, Ennead. Photo Credit: ©David Sundberg/Esto
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The rest of the nation is already on their radar screens. “It’s a template to be rolled out across the country,” Shapiro says. “Other cities are interested — over time, we’ll see a map of U.S. sites, designed by women.”

Certainly, the inventory is out there; it’s an appreciation for it that seems in short supply.

But that, too, could change, if this foundation has its way.
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