Let Go of Expectations and Start Enjoying Your Relationship

May 16, 2022

Expectations. Is it healthy to have expectations in a relationship? Or do they set us up for disappointment and strife? Many think expectations are acceptable—even agreed upon when we commit and say "I do."

However, it's been my experience that it is far better to assume nothing and presume innocence when our expectations get trampled by unexpected changes. No matter how much you plan, reality will nearly always be different.

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Money and Matrimony: Plan Ahead for a Happy Marriage

May 12, 2022

Lets face it. When youre head over heels in love, there are way more interesting things to talk about than money. Your dreams. Your common interests. The joy that fills your heart when you look at the one you love. If you even notice any differences in how you and your partner approach finances, who cares? Love conquers all, right?

Except research shows that it doesnt.

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Top Challenges in Relationships and How to Keep the Love Alive!

April 21, 2022

It's been said that relationships are the hardest yoga. I agree that relationships take the same focus, effort, and flexibility. In marriage and other romantic relationships, as in yoga, we salute the sun each day, seeking to honor the best in ourselves, our partner, and our lives together. We bend by adapting to life's unexpected curveballs; we twist when we wrestle with conflict; and we stretch by striving to love our partner even when it's not always easy. And when we seek poise between autonomy and intimacy, it can be as challenging as a one-armed side plank.

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

In Marriage, for Better or for Worse: How to Increase Ease in Your Relationship

March 14, 2022

As a couple, have you ever wondered, "Why does a relationship has to be so hard?" Do you feel sometimes like you're raising another child instead of having an equal partner? Are you exhausted from all the talking about change, yet nothing changes? Is your spouse expecting things you don't think are fair? Do you feel guilty when you take care of yourself because you "should" be...?

If you answered "yes" to even one of these questions, keep reading to get off of the cul-de-sac of human drama.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

How Science Can Help You Pick the Perfect Valentine’s Gift

February 03, 2022

It’s that time of year again when you try to wow your partner with the most thoughtful, fitting gift you can think of. Valentine’s Day can be a point of stress for many, especially when choosing what to get for your special someone.

You want to communicate affection, attentiveness, and thoughtfulness. At the same time, you want to avoid being cheesy, predictable, or over-the-top. It’s easy to overthink the process and end up playing it safe with flowers and chocolates (yes, again).

Estimated reading time: 3.5 minutes

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Romantic Ideas and Ways to Nurture Your Love

February 02, 2022

'Tis the month for celebrating love. It's something we all crave yet can sometimes be put on the back burner. However, cultivating healthy relationships requires regular attention, and Valentine's Day is an excellent time to jump-start these intentions. So, we've gathered some ideas for a romantic celebration, as well as ways for couples to nurture their love, not just on cupid's day, but every day.

 

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Marriage Proposal Statistics: Fun Facts and Surprising Stats

November 18, 2021

Whether you’re tying the knot with the one you love or helping a friend or family member plan their wedding, there are a lot of numbers to get straight in the process. Thankfully, there are tons of statistics to help inform your decision making and spark creativity. You’ll be surprised by some of the marriage proposal stats!

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships, Intentional Weddings & Wedding Planning

How to Successfully Budget as a Couple and Create a Team

September 14, 2021

A happily-ever-after Hollywood storyline is often depicted as the ultimate relationship, but in real life, creating a long-lasting and thriving relationship takes work—and there are bumps along the way. With the many wonderful experiences, you’ll most likely also face a few tough situations.

One of these challenges is commonly centered around finances. When working with couples, finances and spending habits are at the top of the list of disagreements and conflicts. One partner is a spender, and the other is a saver. One is a generous giver, and the other is frugal. And sometimes, one partner [...]

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

The Best Marriage Advice: An Intentional Marriage Is a Happy Marriage

August 12, 2021

Relationships, like everything, have specific keys and habits that either make them easier, more successful, and happier or harder, less successful, and unhappy. Do you know what relationship habits are needed for a happy marriage? Have you shifted into cruise control in your relationship and only think good intentions, but don’t act on them? Or do you make daily choices and actions to intentionally love your partner?

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

How to Improve Communication to Create a Drama-Free Marriage

June 21, 2021

Does your partner ever accuse you of flirting with others when there is no evidence to support it? Or go along with anything you say, only to resent you for it later? Or are you avoiding necessary but difficult conversations with each other? Relationship drama can be a huge emotional drain, stealing our loving feelings and what could be romantic moments.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

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