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Speaking about Difficult Truths in your Relationship

There is an interesting article in Psychology Today that you can learn a bunch from.  Researchers looked at how receptive people are to hearing “difficult truths” when they are either in a good or bad mood.  Seems you are more likely to want to hear the tough stuff when you are in a good mood

When “Helping” Isn’t – Keeping Relationship Boundaries

The Helping Trap Have you ever tried to help someone and ended up telling them what to do?  Have you ever been helpful by explaining to your partner what is “wrong” with them, that they are sick in some way?  Explained how they are messing up and what they need to do to be healthy? 

Relationship Change: Going the Distance

A few years back I had a great time in Arizona (these are all pictures I took.)  I went for my mmmth birthday- a big one with a zero at the end (you can guess which one).  I decided to hike down into the canyon to the river and then back out to celebrate living

Relationship Travel – Time of Torture or Vacation Va-Voom?

Are you thinking about upcoming travel?  The days are getting warmer here and I am.  Do you try to shove too many things into your days on vacation?  I do, and usually it isn’t fun. It may seem “natural” to multitask and keep a ton of things juggled into the air, but it negatively affects

Relationship Choices – Choose Can or Choose Can’t

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are as happy as they make their minds up to be,” and if anyone knew the truth of these words, he did.  He was a man who sadly chose war to create what he knew was right, even though he knew thousands of the people who put him in

Relationship Change – see it through to the end!

Every year at this time I am think about the Ukrainian eggs I’ve made since they sit on my dining room table.  This year I also started thinking about patience and waiting. I don’t know how much you know about this beautiful art, but Ukrainian eggs can take hours to complete, and you don’t know

Spend Time Together Outside & Increase Intimacy Inside

Personally, I love the outdoors, and as a counselor and life coach I recommend it to my clients all the time.  Couples specifically can increase their intimacy by spending time outdoors together. Benefits of spending time together Outdoors: More connection Better love life Less fights Calmer discussions of difficult topics Shared activities Spiritual connection How

Power of Compliments in Your Relationship

Compliments are important to give to anyone, even a stranger; however, in a relationship they are doubly critical.  Compliments show respect and are a fundamental building block of intimacy.  Compliments show your partner that you appreciate them, see the awesome things they do, and recognize the good in them.  This builds connection and helps your

Cultivating Hope in Your Relationship

Hope is a strong healer and communicator in a relationship.  It creates an atmosphere of positivity.  However, you have to keep a single concept in mind when being hopeful with your partner and self. The concept is “detachment from outcome,” and it goes like this: You hope for and ask for what you want You

Relationship problems are like Speed

Ever notice your driving speed?  Do you start out at the speed limit, then creep a little over?  First your cruise is set at 3-5 mph higher than the posted speed.  And everyone is passing you!  None of these people getting pulled over, and you aren’t getting in trouble, so you bump that cruise up

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