You can be a couple, but maintain your own identity. My recommendation, take time in between your relationships to learn more and more about what you like, what you want and deserve in a partner, and set short and long-term goals. When you’re with someone, you don’t have to throw any of those parts of you out the window. You are still you. You can still have independent goals and couples goals. You don’t become absorbed as part of a couple so don’t lose yourself.
Do some positive journaling, positive affirmations (specific to yourself that will remind you everyday that you are an independent person), build a vision board about what you want, your goals, maybe some inspirational saying. Keep healthy boundaries with your significant other. (Follow my blogs along and I have one about that). But keep reminding yourself of who YOU are.
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**Please let me know how you keep your independence while in your relationship or if you feel you are struggling with Co-Dependence in your relationship(s).