Turning Wishful Thinking into Concrete Hope that Creates Change

By |June 18th, 2014|

How often you wish for change? While binge watching “House of Cards”, you wish you looked like Claire Underwood. Or at least could find her wardrobe in your size and on your budget… You wish for a row house on a trendy street in the city.  Or a house anywhere without a crushing mortgage that keeps [...]

How to Rescue Your Relationship by Challenging Your Perceptions

By |June 4th, 2014|

There comes a time in every relationship when a bit of rescue is needed: Someone has broken your trust – in a big or small way. You’re stuck in a cycle of unhealthy arguments. You don’t understand each other. You can’t agree on anything. You’ve forgotten how to have fun together. Why is it that problems [...]

How Relationship Differences Can Hold Us Together!

By |May 14th, 2014|

Today I’m standing on my cyber soapbox.  Geared up for what I hope is a respectful rant. After 5 decades on this planet, I am tired of the way we so easily let relationship differences divide us.  So I want to proclaim 3 beliefs that I hold deep to my heart.  If we embrace these 3 [...]

Relationship Advice from Pier 1 Imports: How to Jumpstart Change

By |May 8th, 2014|

Sometimes I think relationships are a lot like cars.  With a dead battery.  Stalled on the side of the road while happier couples breeze by in fully functional rides. I know what it’s like to stand by a dead car.  And I know what it’s like to enviously look at other couples, smiling and being lovey-dovey, [...]

Leaky Pipes, the F-Bomb, and Better Communication

By |April 30th, 2014|

Twenty-four years ago, my husband and I took on a problem we never saw coming. Acidic well water.  In a house without a water treatment system.  How were we to know that the refreshing water in our new home came from a highly acidic aquifer? We didn’t. So we enjoyed years and years of lovely well [...]

What the Maytag Men Taught Me About Marriage Repair

By |April 23rd, 2014|

A week ago, something ominous happened in my kitchen: the refrigerator went absolutely silent, with the door open and inner light on. Minutes later the gentle hum returned, just as we noticed that the ice cream was melting and the refrigerated items weren’t very cold.  It was Saturday. As we limped through the weekend, I began [...]

5 Super Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Relationship

By |April 16th, 2014|

On a rainy day with temperatures falling, it’s hard to believe that spring has finally arrived.  Yet evidence of new life is all around me.  Cherry blossoms, hyacinths, and daffodils dapple my yard with pops of color, as a freeze warning pings on my Android. I’m thinking about protecting plants, cleaning and prepping flower beds, and [...]

7 Communication Potholes that Can Seriously Damage Your Relationship

By |February 17th, 2014|

A pothole can be your car’s worst enemy (Tuffy Tire & Auto Service).       What Can Be Your Relationships Worst Enemy? It just may be your habitual communication style… Some of us may be traveling a rough relationship road today – because of something we said or didn’t say. Tactless communication purposely or carelessly created [...]