5 “Must Have” Conversations with your Partner

In the earliest days of a romantic relationship, you can’t get enough of each other. You want to know everything—who, what, where and how—and you want to know it now. Your infatuation infiltrates your mind and your mutual desire to connect on every level envelopes every moment. As your relationship blossoms and you begin to … Continue reading “5 “Must Have” Conversations with your Partner”

Why I Love Couples Therapy

You have a love story. We all do. And while we cannot write every word of our love story, we can control how we react to the plot’s twists and turns. That’s life, that’s love: The ups and downs are uncontrollable, but it’s up to us how we ride those waves. This is what I … Continue reading “Why I Love Couples Therapy”

Healthy Relationships, Healthy You – Weekly Round-up

Merry Christmas Eve, friends! I hope you’re enjoying the day with family and friend but that you also take a few minutes for yourself and enjoy my weekly round-up.  Does your relationship include these healthy behaviors? If not, then you might want to take a closer look at what needs to change or if it’s … Continue reading “Healthy Relationships, Healthy You – Weekly Round-up”

It Takes Work – Weekly Round-up

With all the holiday hustle and bustle, our relationships and time for ourselves can sometime get pushed to the bottom of the priority list. In looking over the articles for my weekly round-up, the theme seems to be that it takes work to take of ourselves and our relationships. Settle in with a cup of … Continue reading “It Takes Work – Weekly Round-up”

The 4 Cs of Love

Love is alive. It is a living, breathing entity that you need to nurture continuously. It must be fed, explored, kindled over and over again. And without care, the love in your relationship can become an unspoken word and unfelt emotion. Without attention, love can fizzle or fade. I know that sounds harsh, but this … Continue reading “The 4 Cs of Love”

Do You Deserve Better?

When you’re happy and your needs are being met, you feel content, fulfilled and secure in your relationship. But if your mind starts to wander and think about if you deserve better than what you’re getting, then it likely means that you do deserve better. Your needs matter. Your partner’s needs matter too. If you … Continue reading “Do You Deserve Better?”

Does Your Relationship Need a Tune-Up?

Things were going well. No, they were going great. Magical, even. You and your partner were happy — really happy. There was no tension, no jealousy and only small arguments that ended quickly and usually with laughter. Life and love just seemed smooth, calm and easy. Your happily ever after had begun. But now it … Continue reading “Does Your Relationship Need a Tune-Up?”

Leaving Your Relational Baggage At the Door

We are collectors. Throughout our lives, we collect opinions, passions, memories and insights. We internalize these collections and they become a part of how we act and react, what we say and how we say it, and the decisions we make. By the time we are adults, we have collected decades’ worth of life-changing experiences. … Continue reading “Leaving Your Relational Baggage At the Door”

Relationships Take Work

Relationships take work. Hard work. There’s no doubt about that. Repairing a broken relationship also takes work. But when it’s with the person you know you want to be with, you stay committed. A true relationship is not about loving the perfect person but about being with someone who your love no longer requires them … Continue reading “Relationships Take Work”

Does Marriage Guarantee Monogamy?

In today’s society, getting married is often looked upon as the lifetime achievement award for single ladies everywhere. For some, marriage is believed to be the cure-all for relationship problems. There are thousands of magazines, books, movies and television shows that tell you that once you get married, the frustration of dating, cheating partners and … Continue reading “Does Marriage Guarantee Monogamy?”