We’ve heard it before. Relationships can, and will (if we let them), fall in a rut. We know they take energy, we know they take effort, we’ve heard this all before. Amongst the extensive amount of stale relationship advice we’ve heard time and time again, this one stands out as most over-used.
Have you ever woken up one morning, nothing is actually wrong, but you feel like you’ve got a huge weight on your shoulders? Or that your body aches, even though you darn well know you didn’t exercise the night before? Or that it seems to take much more concentration to smile than usual? We all have self-pity days – days where nothing is actually wrong but we can’t shake this overwhelming feeling of melancholy.
Discomfort is a natural part of life, not usually one we like to shine a light on. A part we tend to shove in a dark corner and pretend like it doesn’t exist. However, we should bring those feelings to light and talk about them so we can normalize a completely natural part of life. Read More
Roger and Barb’s Story
I had been in a motorcycle accident as a young man, and with a cast on both arms and one leg had to move back in with my parents to heal. My mom worked in a small snack bar and when she told the story of her broken son to a young woman co-worker (Barb), that young woman said she would like to visit and cheer me up. Read More
The snow has fallen, wool socks have been pulled out of storage, fire places have been lit, winter is here and it has plateaued: don’t let your relationship do the same. Here’s the thing about complacency, it’s a natural part of a relationship’s journey, but it can be avoided. Leading up to National Marriage Week, the team at PREPARE/ENRICH wants to encourage you to keep your relationship on your mind. When you do this, you are already taking a step in the right direction to combat complacency. Read More
It seems like everyone is setting goals for the new year, but I don’t think I will. Don’t get me wrong, goals are great in theory and help people achieve results. However, I’ve never had much luck with goals. I always end up either convincing myself the goal was out of reach to begin with or I talk myself into a simpler version of the goal and end up feeling guilty once I accomplish it.
So, I’m not setting goals for 2017, I’m setting intentions.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Visiting new places, trying unfamiliar food, indulging in unique cultures, and seeing exotic sites are great ways to experience life to its fullest. However, traveling without your partner can be tough. When you travel for business, it can be hard to focus on work when you know your partner is not physically with you.
As a member of the PREPARE/ENRICH team, I travel a few times a year and it typically doesn’t bother me to be out of town for a few days. Earlier this week, I traveled from Minnesota to California to attend the Exponential West conference. Before I left, I was already feeling anxious about missing my husband. As I was packing my suitcase the night before my flight, I began to prepare for my time away from him more intentionally.
In attempt to help you be more intentional next time you travel without your partner, I’ve created a list of tips, complete with examples, to ease the stress of travel on your relationship.
When it comes to marriage, expectations are one of the first things a marriage counselor, coach, or premarital program will encourage you to put on the table and address. Oftentimes, people don’t even realize the rigidity of their expectations, or how many they actually have!
Adult couples often squirm in their seats when asked about their sexual expectations. For many, it’s a source of awkward unknowns or it becomes an emotionally charged conversation. Read More
Couples at all stages may sometimes struggle with date ideas. Whether you are a long-term, committed couple looking to change up your date routine, or a fresh couple looking for some new ideas, we have provided a list of fun, cheap dates that are bound to spark the butterflies.
According to Larson & Arp’s book, $10 Great Dates, a worthwhile date has a couple common elements: quality time together, time away from your regular routine, a shared activity, and conversation. All of these date ideas will provide you with the foundation to make your date something memorable. Read More
Fall is just around the corner. Here in Minnesota, we can feel that telltale crispness in the air. Sales on school supplies have been replaced by bins of Halloween candy. With students returning to school, now is a good time to review the ABC’s and 1,2,3’s of your relationship! Read More