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Lessons From the End of a Marriage

A “How to Thrive” Guide After Divorce

When Is the Hard Work of Relationships TOO Hard?

There are two seemingly conflicting schools of thought – A relationship requires hard work. You can’t just give up on someone because it requires effort. and A relationship is only hard if it’s with the wrong person. A good relationship shouldn’t take that much effort. Yet, as with many pat pieces of advice, both containContinue reading “When Is the Hard Work of Relationships TOO Hard?”

A Tale of Two Marriages

Today is our 6th wedding anniversary. That number has some meat to it. It feels substantial. Like we’re past the appetizer and into the main meal. For some reason, I’ve been particularly reflective this year, looking at this marriage and my first one from the perspective of today. I don’t remember my 6th anniversary inContinue reading “A Tale of Two Marriages”

How Do You Make Your Partner Happy?

Short answer? You can’t.   But that doesn’t mean that you have to sit by helplessly while they’re miserable.     It all starts with understanding the distinction between caring about your partner’s happiness and taking responsibility for their happiness. The former is hopefully a keystone in every supportive relationship. If you care about someone,Continue reading “How Do You Make Your Partner Happy?”

I’m Not Going to Change Your Mind

So often we approach a conversation with the intention of trying to change somebody’s mind. We prepare to argue, to fight. To prove that we are right and, by extension, they are wrong. What if instead, we approached with the intention of opening somebody’s mind? Of offering a different perspective. Adding to the dialog insteadContinue reading “I’m Not Going to Change Your Mind”

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