Untitled Because I Have No Words

As I write this, my mother-in-law, Lee’s mom, is in hospice probably completing the last days of her life. I might be alright with calling myself a marriage expert but when it comes to death, I am horribly ill equipped. So what I am writing now is not a lesson on how to grieve. It is me coming to terms with the loss of a woman that helped mold me, who supported me, and who loved me.

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What To Tell Meddling Friends

Last week we talked about what marriage is and isn’t. One of the topics that come up every time we talk about relationships is boundaries. On a weekly basis, we get emails and comments that mention family and friends who are, in a word, interfering with relationships. Every week, we write people back telling them to ‘stop it’. And yet, we still get them. Is anyone listening?! We will discuss this topic again but this time, we will also provide you with what to say to people in the future.

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5 Things That Marriage Is Not

CoupleDumb has been at this for 5 years now and sometimes we come upon a topic that we can’t believe we have not written about before. So many people talk about what marriage is supposed to be and many times, they get it wrong. This week we will be talking about what marriage is and isn’t. As we approach Valentines’s day in a few weeks, before you make the mistake of proposing marriage or accepting a marriage proposal, here’s a list of things that marriage is not.

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A New Year Of Gratitude

Now that 2014 has lost its newborn glow, we can start getting down to the business of working on ourselves and creating new habits that will lead to a happier existence. Many people have been talking about gratitude and the need to shift from complaining to appreciation. However, the ‘why’ is lost in a miasma of magical thinking. What if we told you there is science to this? What if we told you that some real researchers, psychologists and all around egg heads have rigorously studied the idea of gratitude?

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Goodbye To 2013

As we say goodbye to another year, we need to reflect on all the good, bad, and ugly of these last 12 months. As in everything, the bad times help us define the good. Bad times are also opportunities for growth. We have often discussed the importance of making sense of the senseless. The ability to make meaning or derive significance to the invariably difficult times of life is a skill that will help us create happiness and subjective wellbeing. So, in an effort to practice what we preach and also model healthy behavior, this is our recap of 2013.

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Get to know me!

Recently, life has been lifing at me and I have had to step back and evaluate my progress and journey as a living, breathing human being. This past week was particularly stressful and apparently the universe felt the need to disrupt my mountain hermitage with slow ball lobs of chaos. I cried. I processed. Now, I am ready to synthesize my feelings concerning all the STUFF of the week. Coincidently, this same week, Facebook had lots of individuals sharing things about themselves that people didn’t know. I was told to share 6 things, which I did, and after all of the crap of the week, I find that I have to dig deeper and share some things you do not know about me or assume otherwise.

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