OP is working extra hours to save up for a ring, but it's straining his relationship because he can't explain why he is working so much.
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The surprise in a proposal should be about when and how, not the idea of getting married.
OP could buy less expensive ring.
OP should be straightforward with her
The idea of a fancy ring is just marketing.
It seems like she's aware of something OP is not telling her due to his increased work hours.
OP should ground himself and recognize his the financial reality.
OP is quite young, he doesn't need to rush.
OP needs to focus on quality time when they are together, making her feel loved and appreciated.
A proposal can happen without a ring.
OP should focus on growing his relationship before thinking about marriage.
OP's heartfelt proposal and words mean more than the ring.
To address the challenge of working long hours without revealing the reason for doing so, OP should maintain open communication with his girlfriend. OP needs to express his commitment, he should plan quality time, and set boundaries for his work hours.
He should discuss with her about his long-term goals and the importance of saving for their shared future. OP can surprise her with gestures of affection and be empathetic to her feelings.
To seek support from friends or family if needed. He must prioritize quality over quantity in their time together and reassure her that his increased work is temporary. Effective communication and understanding will help maintain a healthy relationship during this period.