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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

Boundaries in relationships – Using control? Stop it!

One of my hints about boundaries in relationships that gets retweeted all of the time.  Every time I post it, it goes viral.  It is no surprise, because it is simple, but really really right.  It is: “Stop trying to control everything.  Period.” Think about that.  Just pause and think on it.  What would you

Boycott Valentines Day: A Better Idea than a Box of Chocolates!

What could you give to your partner this February that will be better than a box of chocolates?  No, not dying flowers or an overpriced dinner out on Valentines Day.  That’s not the idea.  The best gift you can give in this month of love is ongoing gratitude. I’m talking about for the month of

The Power of Compassion in Relationships

The theme of the week in my office seems to be compassion.  Clients are struggling with how to deal with difficult people, especially around the Holidays.  We keep circling back to how compassion is the most powerful way to not be bothered by difficult people. Why compassion?  Compassion is a great indicator that you have

What do you think about Public Displays of Affection?

This morning while walking the boardwalk I saw a couple passionately kissing.  By passionately, I mean they could have been going for an Emmy on an HBO show.  It was intense tongue action and it garnered a lot of attention from the bikers, walkers, and joggers.  One bicyclist looked at them then me and when

Relationship Tip – Mom was Right!

Politicians seem to forget this relationship tip.  So do those who are in affairs or who are abusing drugs and alcohol.  They all forget Mom’s #1 lesson – two wrongs don’t make a right. Yes, even in your relationship two wrongs don’t make a right.  If you are upset at your partner for something you

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