Things are going really well for you and your partner. You bring each other to family events and you both see the future with each other in it.
However, moving too fast or too slow can have negative repercussions to your relationship.
It’s best to sit this down with your significant other and see if both of you are emotionally ready to take your relationship to the next level.
Here are five positive signs that should tell you it’s time:
1. You and your partner communicate well
You have a strong foundation of trust in your relationship, which helps in establishing an open and easy communication line between the two of you.
As your relationship moves forward, you get to share more personal and sensitive details with one another. With that, conflicts arise as well.
But with the strong and secure bond you’ve built and shared, you learn how to work through your problems with a holistic approach.
You don’t keep secrets that can harm the relationship and you’re vocal with how you feel and mindful about what your partner feels.
2. You talk about money
A significant indicator that you’re both ready is when you can talk about finances without ending in a heated argument.
Money is a delicate subject.
If you want to spend a lifetime with your partner, you have to share everything about them, from your breakfast cereal to your bank account. If the talk of moving together comes up, you have to know who pays what.
What if the other is buried in debt or has serious financial problems that can impact your personal life and the relationship? The sooner you clear your finances up, the more honest and smooth your relationship will flow.
It’s a difficult subject—but necessary to bring up.
3. You’re thinking about sharing a property
If you’re already looking to invest on something together, like buying a real estate property, this is a major sign that you’re ready to take your relationship forward.
You’re talking about properties here—this gives a hint of what the future looks for you two.
Investment in real estate ties you together for a long time.
Whether it’s a condo or a house, this shows that you both want to become a permanent resident at each other’s lives.
4. You talk about long-term goals
You talk about your goals, dreams, fears, and aspirations that no other person knows about—because you know that they’ll support you as much as you’ll support them.
You don’t just tell anyone your future goals willy-nilly.
Whether these are about starting a business, retiring at a farmhouse, or getting married wherever and however you both desire, opening up deep and personal conversations like these call for a step up.
You’ll realize how much you want to get serious when you don’t just think about yourself, but you start planning your long-term goals with the other in mind.
5. You’re in the right place to move forward
Taking your relationship to the next step means being more open and vulnerable. If you aren’t emotionally or mentally ready at the moment, that can harm your bond if you insist on stepping it up.
Moving in together or getting engaged increases the level of intimacy between a couple.
It means putting your guard down and bringing all your flaws to the table.
If you genuinely feel you’re in a healthy place and that you’re safe around your partner (and them, too), then it’s time to talk and upgrade the relationship.
When you have a special connection with someone, and it’s getting more serious, it’s normal to look for signs whether it’s time to bring your relationship forward. This could mean moving in together or getting engaged—it’s scary, but it’s very exciting!