Maci and Kyle are a power couple. In front of the camera and behind, if you ask us! This Milwaukee-based duo understands what it takes to make a relationship real, authentic and lasting. And, if we’re being honest, that’s a rarity to find in modern-day dating (thanks, Tinder!).
JTCO chatted with with Maci and Kyle during this month of love to hear what the secret is to their genuine spark. Here’s what they had to say...
Introduce yourself. Who are you?
MACI: My name is Maci and I’m from New Glarus, WI (where the spotted cow is brewed). I grew up dreaming about city life and decided to venture to UW-Milwaukee for college. Fast forward five years and I am working for a construction company and just received my Real Estate License. Lots of new and exciting things are about to happen!
KYLE: Hi, I’m Kyle and I grew up in Stoughton, WI. I went to school at UW-Milwaukee for Mechanical Engineering and now work for a firm in Waukesha. I’m lucky enough to travel around the world for my job and enjoy meeting unique and hard-working people from all walks of life. I currently live in downtown Milwaukee and really love it!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received when it comes to relationships?
MACI: Oh, that's a tough one. I have received a lot of good advice from friends and family, but the best was probably to “stop looking for love, let it find you.” In other words, the cliche saying: “Love is where you least expect it.” When Kyle and I hit it off, I was just recently out of a long term relationship. I was not looking for love, in fact, I honestly wanted nothing to do with it and then BAM, there Kyle was! I was very intimidated and scared to do it all over again, but there was just something about Kyle that I couldn't say “no” to. Not to mention, we had known each other for years!
KYLE: Chasing love based on what looks good on paper isn’t the way to happiness. Don’t get me wrong, Maci has it all going on on paper, but the things I think about first are her passion for life, drive, and how happy she makes me. The other things are just a bonus!
What do you like best about one another?
MACI: Kyle truly cares about others. He comes off as harsh and can be brutally honest sometimes, but it comes from a good place in his heart. I have grown so much as a person and have learned so much about relationships since I have been with him.
KYLE: Maci always makes me feel appreciated and has a positive outlook on life. This is an amazing compliment to me because I can be a bit of a pessimist (or realist, as I like to call it), but she gives me a better view of things and helps me be a happier person every day.
What do you do on a daily basis to help better your relationship?
MACI: We are ALWAYS communicating, and I don't just mean texting or talking on the phone all day long. We are constantly having real, intimate conversations about our relationship. When something is off, or we are distant with each other we will make sure we sit down and talk about it. For example, when I was studying for my real estate exam, I was experiencing very high levels of stress. I wasn't acting myself, and I was at the point of a breakdown. I told Kyle how I was feeling, and he was like, “Let's talk, right now. Where are you?” He left the gym, got in an Uber, and came to the library I was studying at to comfort me. I have never had anyone do that for me.
KYLE: COMMUNICATION. We’ve been huge on this since day one. Not bottling things up and making sure that we help each other in the relationship. It’s important to know how to communicate with each other and how the other person likes to be approached. In today’s world, everyone hides behind texts and social media, but doesn’t sit down and talk face-to-face!
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about the two of you?
MACI: We knew each other all throughout college, and had the same circle of friends. We were always dating other people and never had the chance to actually get to know one another.
KYLE: The first time Maci met my family was on a vacation to Florida. Thankfully, they loved her!
Describe your perfect date night:
MACI: Kyle and I share a passion for food and trying new things. We are really into trying new restaurants with a great selection of wine or specialty cocktails. We honestly just like to relax, enjoy a great meal, and talk about our day. We usually end the night with a bottle of champagne and chocolates. :)
KYLE: Great food, great wine, a unique atmosphere and then come home to relax, take a bath and have another bottle of wine!