By Sandra Fidelis

Modern relationships and love can indeed be challenging. In the past, the purpose of romantic partnerships was to accomplish two things: to procreate and to preserve power. Over the past several decades, though, we have begun asking more of our unions. We now expect them to be deeply fulfilling and to provide us with a supportive partner, best friend, and perhaps even a soulmate. We expect to be with a partner who celebrates our wins and accomplishments as well as one who supports us when things aren’t going as well as we’d like. But sometimes, we can be let down when he doesn’t seem as supportive of our career or perhaps is even downright jealous of our success.

Relationship Expert Shares Dating Advice About an Intimidating Job

So what can a driven career woman do when her job intimidates your partner? Well, take celebrity couple Jessica Simpson and husband Eric Johnson as an example. Even though Johnson has had a successful career in the NFL as a tight end, his wife is indeed more well-known and has more irons in the proverbial fire in terms of her businesses and her superstardom. Here is my expert love advice about what can you learn from a seasoned career woman such as Simpson to help you cultivate a successful career and be supported by your partner:

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1. Have an open and honest dialogue with your partner about your career goals: Good communication is one of the keys to a healthy relationship. You’ve heard this dating advice a million times, but communication is indeed a skill that you must learn if you want to maintain a healthy and happy relationship. Start with a dialogue about your aspirations at work. Let your partner in on your plans and your dreams for the future. Tell him why you want to achieve so much. This conversation will allow him to understand you and your job on a more intimate level, and it will also give him a chance to become more emotionally invested in your goals.

2. Make time for your partnership: It’s easy for your significant other to feel resentful of your job when they feel like they’re less important to you than your career. In Simpson’s case, she has taken some time out for her celebrity family and has slowed down when it comes to her acting and music career in order to dedicate more time to her husband and children. But you don’t need to put your job on hold to make your relationship and love a priority. Setting some time aside each week to connect intimately with your guy will go a long way in making him feel like he’s just as important to you as your job.

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Use Celebrity Couple Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson as an Example

3. Include your partner in your career goals and support him in his endeavors: Once you’ve communicated your career dreams to your partner, begin to include him in the attainment of these goals whenever possible. Does he have a complimentary job that could help you in some way? Could he provide some general help based on a certain skill he possesses? To follow this expert love advice, take a cue from Simpson: She recently released some sexy pictures of her and Johnson, and by doing so, she’s including her man in her career instead of having him watch from the sidelines. Make him a part of your successes and be his cheerleader as well. Being invested in each other’s accomplishments will leave little room for jealousy or resentment.

Juggling love and a successful career may be a new frontier that modern women have to face, but it’s one that can be navigated successfully through open communication, understanding, and a focus on the achievement of both party’s goals.

Sandra Fidelis is a relationship expert, best-selling author and speaker with a great talent for helping single women get off the dating merry-go-round and finally meet the right man.