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Relationships

Ways to Improve Your Relationship

It doesn’t take much to help your partner feel more valued every day.  Sometimes a lot of little ongoing things — which don’t take much time or effort on their own — can mean a lot more than the rare grandiose gesture on some holiday that.  No surprise there, I mean who would actually choose to wait for the most significant person in their life to show they care and value your relationship.  That’s daily medicine and can fit into every routine.  So, put it on your calendar and within minutes you are on your way to building a stronger connection and a more meaningful relationship that will surely mean more than you think right now.

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Family, Marriage

Marry the Person You Love and Love Your Choice

“Choose your love; love your choice.”  — Thomas Monson

Marriage is about choice (in most circumstances anyway); you are choosing a spouse to share your life with on a long-term basis.  Marriage should be a choice about marriage and not just the next choice, because it seems like the next step in a relationship.  First you need to decide what marriage means to you and get clear about what you are choosing, when making a choice to marry someone.

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Love, Relationships

10 Reasons You Should Keep a Love Journal

Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them.” — Stephen R.Covey

  1. It’s completely doable in just a few minutes a day, even the most busiest and stressed person can spend at least a few minutes a day on something that could greatly improve their most important relationship in their life.
  2. It allows you to clear your emotions that have been building up all day and putting them out there into words, can also bring a lot of clarity to what emotions you were experiencing and what may be behind those emotions.
  3. It can work like a free personal therapist, in that you can unload and get feedback from your significant other, when you are ready to receive input and discuss what happened or what went on internally for you.
  4. It can help give you a sense of direction, since you will be able to track and review your personal love history, which can help you learn about yourself quite a lot.
  5. It gives you a medium to freely express yourself, which the pressure of being in someone’s face about possibly very sensitive issues.  Sometimes you want to say something, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are ready to discuss it.  This also gives the option for you to pass along a page from your love journal to your partner with the understanding that you aren’t quite ready to have a discussion, but wanted them to know.
  6. It can increase gratitude, both for yourself and for the other people whom you allow to read it… Being human isn’t easy and when people can read about your feelings and thoughts at their own pace to fully digest.  It also allows them time for self-reflection, which can light-up compassion, gratitude and empathy in their hearts.
  7. It can improve your writing, as in, building the skills that come along with taking your thoughts and turning them into words.  As well as, developing your thoughts, so that they can be effectively communicated through words… wether read or spoken.
  8. It can power-up your creativity, just like anything you create and pour your heart into, it can open-up facets of your being that open new possibilities to ways you can get creative and contribute to the world for the betterment of humankind.
  9. It can allow you to gain more self-awareness than every before, especially if you take a little extra time to go back and review your previous love journal entries.  Being aware of something is the first step before you can improve upon that something.
  10. It improves your productivity, yeah, that’s right… you are producing something and that can have quite the synergistic effect on your life.  You may just find that you get more productive in other parts of your life as well.  It always help to have small daily accomplishments to keep your life moving and the energy flowing.

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Happiness, Life / Living

Finding Happiness in Any Relationship

True happiness is a state that you choose to be, as you continue to change the world around you to support your happiness.  You attract and magnetize what is similar to you.  Your attitude and behavior can have a great influence on others around you and usually results in what types of situations and life experiences come your way.

Since happiness is an ever-changing subjective semi-ambiguous state of being…

  • First, you must be the person you want to be, walk and talk in the shoes that feel like they are the closest fit and the most comfortable.
  • Secondly, start doing and keep doing what feels like bring you the most happiest and remember to do things as the person you want to be, do things that are in alignment with the person you want to be.
  • Thirdly, appreciate the things you have and every time you think you want to have something, be sure to get clear on what having that something would bring into yourself.  If you have time, try to visualize that something already in your life and think about the ways that it would affect your life and the things you already have.

“There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

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Love, Relationships

Sustaining Love

Before a person begins to focus on how to sustain love in a relationship, they should be sure that the love is one worth sustaining: a wholesome love, a fearless love, a supportive healthy love, an unrestricted and unrestrained love. Your relationship may not be everything you want it to be all the time, and that’s perfectly fine, but ask yourself if the love is worth sustaining. If it is, then be prepared to put in the effort.

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Love

Love is simple, but not easy.

Love is all you need and all you need is love… simple right?

Live-and-breath love… love yourself in every breathe, love others and the world around you. Simple.

Live your life through love… pour your heart into everything you do, feel the love from others.

Simply love everyone and everything that you put your attention on… and your life will be filled with love.

So… what’s not easy about that… what gets in the way…

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Challenges, Life / Living

Up for a Challenge?

Are you caught in a loop of deception and procrastination that is keeping you from a particular challenge that you would like to see yourself overcome?

What if what you think is too challenging isn’t as challenging as you think?

Anything you fear may be an opportunity to gain the courage to overcome it.

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Life / Living, Love, Loving Yourself

Love the Best You

Being the best you may seem impossible or a fairytale, since all the parts of you may not seem like even close to the best parts (to put it mildly.)

The best you will always be you doing your best.

What you do best, may not always allow you to be you at your best.

You at your best is not a destination, it is a winding path towards what’s in your heart.

Loving you at your best, is not loving what you do or accomplish, but loving who you are and where your mind, heart and spirit are.  Becoming the best version of yourself does not require anything around you to change and only consists of you becoming the best you, you can be.

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Love

Motivated by Love

At the most basic level of why we do what we do… we are all motivated by love.

We are social beings at are core and even if we are hardcore homebodies there is still a intrinsic part of ourselves that was nurtured and wants to be nurtured… and in turn wants to nurture or give something.

That being said, many (if not most), operate in a mode of extrinsic motivate, be it fear or reward… which is far less powerful than an intrinsic motivation of love and contribution. The employee that gets enough to cover the bills and have a little fun whom is motivated by reward, looks forward to getting off work to go play.  But, the employee that believes in what they do and feel like they are perhaps making the world a better place, could find themselves working long past the standard work day to go above and beyond.

If nothing else we can be remembered by the sum of our contributions to humanity.

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Life / Living

Live Your Dreams

Dream it.

Believe it.

Become it.

Achieve it.

You don’t need to (and probably will never) understand “how” to achieve your dreams.  The how comes from the why. What you need is to believe it enough that it becomes part of you and then your path of progress will be in alignment with the path to achieve that dream.

Dream big and dream bold, for a dream that doesn’t involve dreaming beyond what is based in your current reality, isn’t really a dream.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  —Abraham Lincoln

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