Advice for Awkward People

Hi, Josh

I’ve just entered into a new relationship, and I really need some advice. Before Joscelyn, I had a really strict routine. I used to wake up at 4:00 a.m., go on a run, lift, do my beauty routine, make breakfast, and do any work that spilled over from the previous day.

Now, though, I wake up around 8:00 a.m. when she wakes up, and we hardly have enough time for eat breakfast because we both have 9:00 a.m. classes. I love her already, and I really love spending time with her, but I fear that by forgoing my established routine, I’m not being my best self. I miss gently exfoliating and moisturizing in the morning after a tough workout. I fear that my girlfriend’s presence is making me ugly and weak.

Undergoing Gross Lessening of Youth

Dear UGLY,

The honeymoon phase can often be an upset to one’s daily routine. It’s a change, a time of transition, allowing someone else to share your life. My advice is not to stress out about it. In time, maybe a week or two, you can get back to your routine and possibly bring Joscelyn along, or even adapt your routine to include her. Either way, you are going to be able to work out and beautify again, don’t worry. While we do often feel weak, significant others are there to give us strength when we need it most.

Joshua Brown.