Marriage Hack: Put Yourself Through Therapy

Write out your negative emotions and what you wish would be different, then ask yourself these four questions by Byron Katie. Our theme for the month is marriage hacks- helpful tips and tools for your marriage. Marriage Hack of the week:  Put Yourself Through Therapy When Your Spouse Bothers You Personally, I think everyone should go to a therapist at some point in their life.  It can be a very healthy place to process negative emotions so they won’t build up in unhealthy ways. But we don’t all have the money, time or inclination to go to therapy, so if… Read More

Loving What Is

The book Loving What Is by Byron Katie has transformed my marriage. Next time you are annoyed with your spouse, ask yourself Katie’s four questions. The theme for the month of September will be all about my personal marriage wins.  Each month I send my email subscribers a “win” I’ve had for the month, so the posts this month are taken directly from those emails I’ve sent out.  My email list is where I get pretty personal, so if you want in on this (and duh, you definitely want in on this), just  sign up right at the bottom of this post. 🙂 From… Read More

Forgive Before You Fix

This is far and away the best tip for how to discuss difficult things with your spouse I’ve ever come across: forgive them BEFORE you bring it up. Get the anger out first, then discuss. The theme for the month of September will be all about my personal marriage wins.  Each month I send my email subscribers a “win” I’ve had for the month, so the posts this month are taken directly from those emails I’ve sent out.  My email list is where I get pretty personal, so if you want in on this (and duh, you definitely want in on this), just  sign… Read More

The Power of Forgiveness in Marriage

The power of forgiveness in marriage

Successful marriages are established and maintained by … FORGIVENESS. By Celeste This post is part of a 10-part series celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Family: A Proclamation to the World, specifically the sentence, “”Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” Yesterday we talked about what to do when you mess up.  Today we’re talking about what to do when your spouse messes up.  These two components- repentance and forgiveness are CRUCIAL to a successful and happy marriage. Also, check out the GIVEAWAY at… Read More

Breaking Down Barriers:  The Power of Forgiveness in Marriage

By Celeste I love self-help books.  I love the feeling of empowerment I get when I read about how I can improve my life.  Every now and then I’ll read a really good one that I can’t stop thinking about.  Friends, I’ve come across such a book.  It’s called Forgive For Love by Fred Luskin. I’ve always believed in the power of forgiveness, but I guess I’ve always just thought about it from a religious perspective.  For some reason hearing about it from a more academic perspective has been eye-opening for me.  Fred Luskin is a professor at Stanford and… Read More