Today marks my one-year wedding anniversary. That's 365 days of wedded bliss, with smooth sailing and calm waters for my wonderful husband and me.

This is where you can roll your eyes and shake your head because every married person knows there is no such thing as perfect.

While there were a few stormy days, many more sunny ones reassured me that I picked the perfect person for me.

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One year is plenty of time to learn valuable life lessons about being husband and wife, and here are a few that have stuck with me.

The Wedding and The Marriage Are Not the Same Things

Everyone wants the wedding but not everyone wants the marriage. People warn you that it’s not always going to be easy, but that’s easy to ignore when the champagne is flowing and you’re wearing the most beautiful dress you have ever owned. Planning a wedding may be difficult, but navigating a marriage is a lifetime of work.

To anyone anxiously awaiting their moment of walking down the aisle, don’t let just anyone stand at the altar. Make sure it is someone with whom you are ready to go through life’s ups and downs.

Never Stop Dating

After the wedding and the honeymoon are in the rearview, real life sets in and you and your partner go back to everyday life which can get busy.

Never stop making time for each other and make sure to always carve out time for special moments.

If it starts to feel like you and your partner are becoming roommates, switch things up, get dressed up and fall in love again over a romantic dinner for two.

Your Partner Isn’t Perfect and Neither Are You

My husband hates cleaning the litter box and I hate doing the dishes. My husband can never locate anything unless it’s right in front of him and I am a slob who leaves cabinet doors open. It’s important to understand that your partner is still their own person, with their own habits and flaws just like you. Communication will be the key to unlocking a lifelong marriage.

My husband may not be “perfect," but he’s perfect for me, and after a year of being married to Ross, I am still smitten.

An anniversary calls for reminiscing about lovely memories, and what better way to do that than to rewatch our wedding video? Enjoy some memorable moments from the day I became Mrs. Levine.

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