Category Archives: Mindfulness

Mindfulness Meditation: What it is and How it Can Strengthen your Relationship Satisfaction.

When I first heard about mindfulness, I was a bit skeptical. But through much reading and hands-on learning, I have felt the benefits firsthand and I want to share them with you. Mindfulness is commonly defined as “a state of … Continue reading

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Relationship Health

I talk a lot about healthy relationships and marriages in my line of work. When I teach relationship education classes to couples I emphasize what behaviors are present in a healthy relationship and what a positive, loving relationship looks like. … Continue reading

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For Better, For Worse, and For All the Rest

“Doing or saying small things frequently to make your partner feel special, cared for and loved … is very predictive of staying together, being happy and [preventing] divorce.”  -Terri Orbuch, PhD. , University of Michigan My ten year anniversary is … Continue reading

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Finding My Silver Lining

Parenting is difficult, no question. But stepparenting…sometimes seems impossible! Recently, on a particularly frustrating day with my eight-year old stepson, I had an insight into my own little world of stepparenting. A song lyric by Jewel came to mind: “do … Continue reading

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It’s the Thought that Counts

I had a conversation with my youngest daughter a couple of weeks ago, and as we were talking, she noticed that my mind had drifted someplace else. She could tell immediately, so she touched my face and said “Mom, I … Continue reading

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