Preparing Your Relationship For A Medical Crisis

If you, your partner or child, a parent or other immediate family member, becomes diagnosed with a long-term illness, gets severely injured, or faces some other medical crisis, it will obviously affect your relationship. We know this, and yet we don’t like to spend much time planning for that possibility. The thing is: Life is long. If you’re with[…]

Preparing Your Relationship For Children

Every couple is different. For some of us, the first year of marriage is awesome — for some of us, it’s incredibly stressful. Some couples adjust to children quickly and easily, but the majority of us have a much more difficult transition. For every new experience, of course, there’s a honeymoon — when everything seems like a dream, because it’s new[…]

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The Quietest Day Of The Year

Today is the quietest day of the year. Okay, well, that’s not scientifically proven or anything, but it’s my own personal theory. The presents are opened, the dinners are past, many people are still off work — but there’s not much left to plan for. Everyone’s in a quiet stupor as they recover from the whirlwind[…]

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Making The Most Of Your Summer

How’s your summer going, my friends? Are you making a splash? How are you breaking away from the ordinary? Any change in routine can be so helpful in recharging your batteries. That could mean trying some new summer recipes on the grill (ever used veggies or fruit?!) or getting away for a long weekend. Maybe[…]

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Practicing Your Emotional Intelligence

One thing I’ve noticed lately is that people who are not merchants in their first, second, or even third level, who have a really low CVI number for that quadrant — they have a hard time connecting with their partners. Oftentimes they’re the practical people; that’s their contribution, being incredibly practical and cognitive. But it often leaves them having more difficulty connecting[…]

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Rituals of Connection

Since we’re on a streak this month with Gottman methodology (I just got certified, and I am loving it — can you tell?) let’s talk about rituals of connection. In our busy day and age, a lot of more traditional rituals of connection get lost in the bustle. Personally, I love holidays; I love setting[…]