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Important Steps To A Healthy Marriage -II

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“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”
– Dave Meurer

This quote by Dave Meurer is spot on, absolutely accurate. No one is perfect, enjoying marriage is actually learning to embrace the difference and loving the other person just the way he/she is.

Embrace the differences:

“ Strength lies in differences”- Stephen Covey

Men and women are completely different, and there is so much beauty in that. Women  think differently, respond to situation differently and the list can go on. A man and a woman can attend a wedding event, and provide different accounts of the same event. While a man might give his account in one short sentence a woman might take a longer time describing the details of the wedding.

Embrace the difference and see the good in those differences.  Instead of thinking she talks too much. Admire her for being so observant and having a sharp mind to recollect all the details and vice versa.

Look for the good in people , focus on it, celebrate it.

On my first post in this series I talked about commitment. If you have not read this post please check it out here.

Invest in your marriage

The importance of making an investment in your marriage cannot be over-emphasized.

Investing time and resources.

Make time to learn from people who know more on the subject.

Make time  to bond with one another.  Something as simple as just making time to talk and reflect is priceless.

Success in any area of life is intentional and marriage is not an exception.

You can enjoy a great marriage. Give it all it takes!

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Top 5 Inspiring Quotes on Love

 

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“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”
– Dave Meurer

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
– Mignon McLaughlin

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
– Maya Angelou

 

 

 

Important Steps To A Healthy Marriage- 1

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A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”
– Dave Meurer

As a little girl I had my ideas of what marriage should be like. As I grew, I looked out for couples that have beautiful marriages, hoping to learn a thing or two from them.

Over the years, I have learnt a lot, I am still learning and will continue to learn. My husband and I have only been married for 10 years,  but they have been 10 absolutely beautiful years.   Though every marriage situation is different, there are certain principles that are fundamental to success.

Be committed:

The foundation for success in any marriage are two people committed to making it work.

Marriage does not just work.

Marriage works only when the two people involved are determined  to make it work.

There are different stress points in our lives: when you have young children, or you change jobs, or demand on your job changes.

It could even be financial pressures or handling life disappointments.

What ever the stress points are, don’t allow it to drive you apart but drive you closer towards a common goal.

One thing I have realized with any situation we face, there is always something to learn from it. Challenges make us stronger and nothing beats growing stronger together.

I had no idea how involving parenting is. I sincerely thought it was very easy.

My mom had four of us and made it look really easy.

We were only planning to have two so how hard could that be?

When the second one arrived, I still remember how overwhelming it was for me, especially in the first few months.

I had a difficult pregnancy, my body was healing and I had two little children to take care of, along with other responsibilities.

My husband and I had to make time to discuss, mapping out plans on how to get through that phase of our lives with our relationship still in a healthy place.

Seating down and mapping out what we need to do on a daily or weekly basis to succeed as parents and as a couple.

The most important thing is making a choice to get through whatever the situation was together.

You really cannot discuss how to get out of a problem if you do not identify the problem and decide to do something about . Identify the stress points early before it does any damage.

Sometimes couples drift apart without even knowing it.

For instance you are both so busy with your career or family life,  you barely have time to talk. You seldom see each other. Don’t just dismiss this, deal with it the best way you can.

Those are red flags that should not go unnoticed.

Pay attention to the smoke, quench the flame before it becomes a blazing fire.

Your marriage is precious, it should be fun-filled and fulfilling.

Look out for more tips in my next post.

 

 

4 Ways to Improve Your Mood Right Now

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We all have moments when we feel down. Times when we may not even know how to snap out of a bad mood. It is in these moments that we need some ways to boost our mood, so check out these tips and see if you don’t get a little boost yourself.

  1. Smile. Sounds simple right? But when we do something that makes us smile, or better yet laugh, the body releases endorphins those great feel-good opiates that make you feel better all over, body and soul. It can also reduce the stress causing hormone cortisol which in large quantities can cause depression and exhaustion. So watch a funny movie, listen to a comedy podcast, or talk to that friend who you know always makes you laugh.
  2. Clean or organize something: Sometimes when we start to feel like our lives are out of control we can bring those negative feelings on ourselves. So get some control back, clean a bathroom, organize your closet, or workspace. Cleaning and organizing creates a sense of accomplishment, and maybe that sense of control will be the pick-me-up you need.
  3. Pamper yourself: Sometimes all we need for a mood boost is a little self improvement. Go get a manicure, a massage, do a home facial, or paint your toenails. When we take some time to do something for ourselves we can remember that we deserve to be happy and feel good about ourselves.
  4. Do something for someone else: Doing something for ourselves is a great way to boost our moods, but what if we boosted someone else’s mood? Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru lane, or send a present to a friend or family member you haven’t seen in awhile. Take a co-worker out to lunch, and really listen to whatever they want to talk about. Maybe you’ll remember that you are part of a greater network of people, and you make it better just by your presence.

We are always going to feel down sometimes, but maybe any of these tips might just be the pick-up you need to feel better right now!