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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?”

Feeling Alone in a Relationship

Many memories of my first marriage have faded over time. But there are some that are still as sharp and pointed as the day they occurred. This is one of those. We sat in the 4th row in the left section of the movie theater. I was in the aisle seat and he was nextContinue reading “Feeling Alone in a Relationship”

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