3 Tips to Save Valentines Day!

It’s coming! Valentines Day is less than a week away!  And, in spite of the commercials, pop up ads on our google searches, and store displays of flowers and candy, some of us will STILL wake up disappointed on February 15th. Let’s rename February 15th as Free Marriage Coaching Day! Every February 14th, countless couples go to… Read more »

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Relationships Drive Our Choices

Relationships… good ones, easy ones, complex ones and, yes, even hard and challenging ones… fill our lives. Wouldn’t you agree relationships motivate most of our life and work choices? They are our “why.” Most of us work in order to provide a certain lifestyle for our families; we want to create a better life for… Read more »

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What do you “really” do while others are talking to you?

Pause & Pay Attention Tip #1: Pause; stop thinking about what you want to say in response and pay attention to nonverbal cues. Pausing allows time for their message to sink in. It improves your ability to listen and understand what is being communicated. Pausing is extremely helpful when the conversation is tense or conflictual…. Read more »

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Being a Mom of Grown-up kids!

Motherhood takes more courage than I ever imagined. I love being a mom! Yet, sometimes I wonder – if I knew then, what I know now – “Would I actually chose the wonderful, challenging and brutiful (brutal and beautiful) role of motherhood? Honestly, nothing prepares your heart for the moments of  uncontainable joy or soul searing sorrow, the exhaustion, the… Read more »

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Are You in the Arena???

One of my favorite quotes! It has been on my fridge or board since my early 20’s and has kept me in the arena when I am scared, face down and bloody, criticized, crying and on the edge of giving up! Used it in my book ‪#‎ListenLearnLove‬ Love that it became popular with Brené Brown‘s… Read more »

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Can disagreement and debate be done well?

There has been a maelstrom of conversation on the internet about the recent SCOTUS ruling, and I have wavered on not only what to post, but whether to post at all. After much prayer, and a whole lot of wavering, I decided to risk it and say something… I don’t pretend to understand all the… Read more »

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The Two Most Important Words in Any Relationship

Be willing to be wrong. “I’m sorry” are two of the most powerful and effective words in the English language! My friend’s daughter, Stephanie, and her fiancé, Dustin, were deep in the midst of plans for their upcoming wedding. It was a Saturday, and they were running errands and making final decisions about the major… Read more »

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Thank you!!

Thank you to everyone who is supporting my book Listen, Learn, Love: How to Dramatically Improve Your Relationships in 30 Days or Less!  I am beyond thrilled that God is using it to bless others and help them create better relationships. The past two days, tons of you have been sharing, posting, tweeting about the… Read more »

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How to improve your relationships in 30 days or Less! Seriously!

Are  you  tired  of  struggling  in  your  relationships?  Do  you  want  to  connect  with  your  spouse,  kids,  family,  friends,  and/or  coworkers  but  aren’t  sure  how  to  move  from  silence  or  tension  to  conversations  and  connections  that  develop  into  deeper  relationships? Join the group! Relationships are the stuff of life and sometimes that “stuff” is just… Read more »

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How our relationships impact every part of our day!

Relationships  impact  every  area  of  our  lives.  If  we  want  to  succeed  in  this  world,  we  must  be  able  to  create  meaningful  and  lasting  relationships.  Everyone  longs  to  have  rewarding  personal  relationships: enjoyable  friendships,  a  deep  and  committed  love,  sustaining  and  supportive  bonds  with  our  kids  and  family. We  also  need  successful  professional  relationships.  We… Read more »

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What if “I don’t feel like it?”

An excerpt from my new book Listen, Learn, Love: How to Dramatically Improve Your Relationship in 30 Days or Less! Publication Date: May 12th Go to www.listenlearnlovebook.com for over $250 in FREE Bonuses when you pre-order! “Skill #3:  Love Well There  are  days  when  we  don’t  always  feel  like  working  on  our  business,  making  the… Read more »

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Reject the personality overhaul

I used to think I had to totally change who I was for my relationships to get better. Bit I failed over and over again when it came to not being the real me – failed at trying to be demure and quiet, not opinionated and soft spoken, mellow and not impassioned. I wish I… Read more »

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Do you React or Respond?

Reacting or Responding can make a huge difference in our interactions and thus our relationships.  It requires awareness and practice, as well as the discipline to master our emotions of the moment. Is it hard, you bet!  But worth it, as we improve relationships and deepen connections. Why?  People like to be heard; to know their thoughts and opinions matter, to feel… Read more »

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TED Prize winner Story Corps: “Listening is a form of love.”

Are you an award fan? Meaning do you watch all the award shows that come on TV? Well, I do. I am fascinated by what gets nominated and chosen for a particular award in its field. Recently, I was so impressed and excited when TED awarded the coveted TED prize to Story Corps because I… Read more »

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When biting your tongue is the best idea!

Have you done that?  Bit your tongue just to keep from saying something because silence is a wiser choice? It’s hard… right? We wrestle with feeling justified in our thoughts and feelings and almost compelled to make them known, especially in moments of tension, argument or when we are false accused.  It is uncomfortable to… Read more »

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Does tangled up thinking mess with your faith?

Faith is hard.  Faith doesn’t make sense. Faith is believing what we can’t see, understand or even fathom.  Faith is often the best option. However, I like to see, understand and know exactly how things will work out, or at the very least, have some sort of guarantee of a successful or desirable outcome.  Some… Read more »

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