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People need help finding love and creating healthy relationships. Compatibility differences, communication challenges, or an inability to co-create a life you want together are all challenges that every couple faces. It’s not natural or instinctive to be open, vulnerable and committed with our hearts.   Even when we find someone we trust and love, it’s not easy to be completely honest and raw about what we need, value and desire.  It’s normal to measure our responses, to ...
My life has been interesting these past few weeks. It has brought about a tension that excites me but confuses me at the same time. In making a renewed commitment to seeing my business skyrocket in 2018, I have been reading frantically and learning more and more about how I can improve and continue to develop my skills as a relationship coach for midlife women. I’m always wanting to learn and know more, but all my reading about relationships recently has brought about some nagging ...
How many people do you know who are struggling or frustrated with some aspect of a relationship in their lives, any relationship? Many, I would guess. In fact, I would venture to say that everyone is dealing with some unease or discomfort in some relationship right now, whether with a co-worker, a boss, a spouse, a friend, a sibling, a child or some other family member. Relationship discord is so so common and for this reason, I wanted to offer one thought and suggestion to ...
How often when you’re in disagreement with someone- a spouse, a friend, a colleague or boss, do you say to each other “We have different opinions on this matter. Let’s just agree to disagree and move on”? I don’t know about you, but for me, I get into these no-argument stalemate positions often, especially with someone who is on the “other side of the aisle” from me regarding a related to a political, religious or social issue. I was listening to the audiobook by ...
I was listening to an interview this morning on the Hidden Brain podcast and heard Eli Finkel, a Social Psychologist at Northwestern University, talk about how marriages have become hard in this day and age. I love the idea of love hacks that Dr. Finkel talked about.  Basically, love hacks are ways to experience our relationships with our spouses (or long-time romantic partners if we’re not married) in new and different ways that can make us happier. If our marriages (or ...
Okay, so I’m a tennis nut, but I tell you when I was watching the 2018 Indian Wells men’s singles final on the Tennis Channel the other night I couldn’t help but be a bit stunned by the tense and negative energy exuding from both players toward the end of the second set. Yes, the match was close and both players had match or set point at various times during the set, but the negative energy was palpable.   Roger Federer, who is my favorite player of all time because of his ...
Just yesterday a woman in my private Facebook group asked me what she can do to create more connection with her husband. She’s in midlife, has school-aged children and both she and her husband work full time. Life is busy, to say the least, and because of that, it’s easy for her and her husband to lose connection with each other. They don’t spend as much time together as they would like and in the rat race of the day in day out, the two of them are becoming more disconnected ...
Things you learn from a dog: Have a great attitude Greet everyone with enthusiasm Explore everything Loyalty is a virtue Protect those you love Be yourself Love unconditionally I loved a picture I saw of a dog with a sign hanging from its mouth stating the above attributes. I loved it so I thought I'd share it. It reminded me not only of my dog, but of how I can think of my relationship with my husband. Have a great attitude - I know in my heart that when he says something ...
I read about this concept of Invisible Divorce in the book, Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix, a well-known couples and family therapist. It really struck a chord with me because I realized how much I observe this phenomenon among couples friendships I have, particularly among couples that have been together for a long time.  The two people have shared a life together raising children, establishing friendships with other couples or families over time, traveling ...
My takeaways from the new movie The Abundance Factor by Riley Dayne and how to apply them in our relationships: #1: Focus on the end goal, or the result, and dream about it now at this moment even before it’s realized.   People in healthy relationships focus very specifically on exactly what they want in the relationship, what the end goal is for the relationship, and they visualize that result as if they are living it now. The more specific the goal, the more ...
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