In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly and guest Abe Lopez jump back into the topic of standards in relationships, from episode three, but get even deeper. They discuss relationship non-negotiables and whether it’s good to have them, or better to take risks in the name of love.

When you start a relationship, many questions come to mind. First, there’s the element of fearlessness. You want to be fearless and step forward without hesitation. But you also want to be smart, too. In this episode, Marisa and Abe contemplate both sides of the spectrum: cautiousness and recklessness and question whether there’s a ‘middle ground’ where people can agree on—passion, but not carelessness.

They also talk about relationship non-negotiables and standards for dating and how it’s good to have them, but also where to draw the line, too.

With big questions like listening to your heart vs. your head, and whether you should date someone who is similar to you, or different, this episode is 35 minutes of depth.

The final (and perhaps most valuable) takeaway: “Having relationship non-negotiables and standards is not a bad thing. Be willing to compromise, but don’t change yourself.”

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