Archive for October, 2010

Calling all happy couples!

Does it grate on you to hear all the negativity about the state of marriage? Too many people have some terrible ideas about marriage and the viability of relationships. I read such statements on the Internet daily. The worst one is:

Marriage is the leading cause of divorce. Read the rest of this entry »

Marriage Complaints: Take this Challenge

When I was in college I lived very near my grandparents and I would visit them often after classes. A curious thing began to happen as I spent time alone with my grandmother. She began to confide in me, as she never had before, about her disagreements with my grandfather. I was 18 years old and this was quite strange to me. Read the rest of this entry »

Marriage and Control: My Way or Ours?

“In my family we did it that way.” Is this a familiar argument in your marriage? Does using this argument help sway your spouse to do things your way? Or if you are the one who is constantly hearing this argument from your spouse, do you end up clenching your fists in silent rage each time it comes up? Read the rest of this entry »

Negative Beliefs and Dating: Talk Back to These Beliefs

“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Hamlet

If you think dating is easy and fun, you are right. If you think dating is hard and painstaking, you are right. How can this be? What do these two contradictory sentences have in common? Two things: you and your thoughts. You are the creator Read the rest of this entry »

Newlywed Spread: Honeymoon Weight Gain

“She’s like a baby, I’m like a cat. When we are happy we both get fat.” “Life in a Nutshell” by the Barenaked Ladies.

People talk about the “freshman spread,” that unfortunate 10 to 15 pound average college students gain in the first year of their studies away from home. Less well known is the “newlywed spread” Read the rest of this entry »

Dating Fears: Losing My Personality

Many single women I have worked with have been frustrated with their lack of dating success. One thing I have heard them say leaves me shaking my head in confusion. They tell me that they value their independence and they fear losing their personality to a man. Read the rest of this entry »

Passionless marriage boost: appreciation starts the ball rolling

Your marriage has fallen into a predictable routine and you wonder where the love has gone. You may lament that your husband never brings you flowers anymore or that he doesn’t surprise you by taking you special places like he used to when you were first in love. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh, no you didn’t!

Did you really just say that to me?

I never thought I would be one of those people who said, “Unless you have been through it, you don’t understand it.” Yet, here I am, saying this very thing. As a member of the young widowed club, a club everyone who stays with their love “till death do us part” will eventually, though unwillingly, join, I am always appreciative when people express their condolences, even though it has been over three years since my late husband died. Read the rest of this entry »

First date jitters: free webinar!

Calling all singles!

Do you dread first dates? Do you get the “first date” jitters? Do you wish you could make them easier?

This webinar focuses on developing a plan to turn first dates from dreadful encounters to exciting and easy adventures! Read the rest of this entry »

First Dates: Your Attitude Creates Your Success

You’ve been told that first dates should be quick, preferably under 30 minutes, so you’ve agreed to give it a shot. You’re sipping your Starbucks coffee and making conversation with a fairly attractive man you agreed to meet for a coffee date.

What’s going on in your head while you make small talk with this guy you said “yes” to meeting for Read the rest of this entry »

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