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how to move your focus from stress to rest

Stress. It’s a part of life, but it doesn’t need to be a way of life. When Nancy gets home from a long day of work, she’s different than when she left the house. She’s tired, for starters, but her temper is short. If the kids get into a squabble or ask too soon when … Read more

six battle tactics to beat the holiday blues

how to handle holiday blues

As she lifted the page on the calendar to reveal “December,” Sue could feel the tension in her body rising. Her throat began to tighten. Looking across the coming dates with their “command performance appearances” at her parents’ line-up of holiday parties, she thought back to her husband Jeff’s annual Thanksgiving blowout (or was it … Read more

how do I forgive a cheater?

how to forgive a cheater

Maybe you’ve heard about or seen the TV show on CW called, “Cheaters”. If not, don’t worry: it’s exactly what you think. Although it’s no longer in production, “Cheaters” has produced 15 seasons worth of episodes since 2000. And despite the controversy over its authenticity, it’s all too real for those who know the intense … Read more

sacred spaces for relationships

relationship sacred space

Some spaces are just sacred, whether we treat them as such or not. And, while we all SAY it’s important to limit our screen time and choose times and places safe from the interruption of our devices… not many of us are doing it. Perhaps that’s because, although we acknowledge the danger, we don’t see … Read more

what to expect at your first couples’ counseling session

first couples counseling session

However you got here, it’s likely you’re considering counseling for something that’s happening (or not happening!) in your relationship. Maybe you’ve been a together for a few months or years—maybe even decades—and right now you can’t seem to figure out how to make things better or “get back to how things were.” Counseling sounds nice, … Read more

the cure for resentment and bitterness

cure for bitterness and resentment

It’s easy to tell whether a wound has healed. If it still hurts when you think about whatever created the wound, you haven’t gotten over it yet. Often, to think about it again intensifies the pain even more. What you feel is resentment, and it’s sure to grow into bitterness if left untreated. Resentment and … Read more

baseball hitters, comedians, great business deals, and healthy relationships

baseball and relationships

Baseball hitters, comedians, great business deals, and healthy relationships… You might be wondering what in the world these things have in common. Well, every great batter, comedian, business broker, and healthy relationship partner has mastered something important. Timing. You can’t hit a baseball, make people laugh, close a profitable deal, or enjoy a healthy relationship … Read more

one question to guide your new year’s mindset

better mindset for new year

What if you take a different mindset as you look ahead into this new year (and every year going forward)? If you’re up for it, one question. Often January 1 serves as an emotional nudge for each of us to make a list of new resolutions (or readjust an unfinished list from last year) to … Read more

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