Luxdates First Date Kit – Secrets of a Successful Marriage Sandrine & Stéphane

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Luxdates First Date Kit

Secrets of a Successful Marriage

Hello and welcome to another edition of Luxdates First Date Kit!

Today we’re going to talk about Secrets of a Successful Marriage.

Some of our First Date Kit topics are Talking about Ex-PartnersWhat to WearDating MindsetWho Calls First after a Date, Who Pays on the First Date, Cross-Cultural Dating and Values.

I enjoyed talking to Sandrine Lapointe and Stéphane Compain of LuxRelo | Relocation Services Luxembourg. We talked about their secrets of a successful marriage and how they run a business together.

Stephane on Starting over at the Age of 49

They started Luxrelo almost four years ago. Stephane lost his job. He was 49. He consulted a transitional coach to see what could be worked on next. After considering various options, he went back home and told Sandrine that they would set up their own company. 

“Perfect Match in Business and Personal Life”

At that time, Sandrine was already in the relocation business. She knew the operational part. Stephane, on the other hand, was managing a branch in Luxembourg and so he knew how to run a business. It was a perfect match of experience and skills for both.

Being Stuck 24/7 With Your Spouse Is Proving Difficult For A Lot Of Couples. How Are You Doing?

Stephane: France had a serious lockdown. It was a strange feeling. We tried to respect the lockdown instructions. I have been jogging a few times, but not that much. I didn’t feel it was right when I was doing it so I tried to avoid it. We have our two children at home, so it’s also nice to have a family gathering. 

Sandrine: It’s more time to get an introspection. You focus on your family. In a way for those people who are not sick like us, I find it a blessing. We never had that time. We are close to our children, but we never had such a long time together without moving. For us, it’s nice. Our kids are old enough. Everybody is at their desk working, and we meet for lunch or dinner.

Stephane: Our daughter is sixteen. She has classes, and she’s studying. Our son is working remotely for his internship, so he’s working all day long. The whole family is working. It would be a big deal if we had young kids.

Stephane: Last week, I did a video with my daughter. Her dance teacher asked a challenge for flash dance. She told me, “Dad, why don’t you dance with me?” I decided to dress and to dance in front of the TV with my daughter. Yesterday, I’ve put the video in LinkedIn just for fun. (Watch the video here.) I was just amazed how it went viral. I don’t know how many comments and people said, “you brightened my day”. It feels so good. I’m happy. I was a bit concerned doing that on LinkedIn because it’s more professional. I think people need that. So many bad news and we’re lucky because nobody’s affected in our family. 

What Are Your Top 5 Tips For Couples In This Crisis?

1. Mutual respect. This starts with respecting yourself. 

2. Communication is key. It’s one thing that’s missing in a lot of couples. They live together but they don’t communicate.

3. Always question yourself because what is true today may not be true tomorrow.

4. Laugh. 

5. Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can have fun. 

If there’s anybody out there interested in sharing their story about how they met and how they keep their relationship alive, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me at Claudia@luxdates.lu. Explore Luxdates membership page here.

Author

Claudia Neumeister

Claudia Neumeister has 20 years of experience as a headhunter for international corporations. As someone who loves connecting people (and who has created successful marriages in her private network), she has decided to apply her skills to creating long-lasting personal relationships at Luxdates

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