When looking forward becomes habitual, problems can start to develop. There is a reason that so many people (including grandparents, yoga instructors, self-help authors) tell you to live in the now. That's where happiness resides.
How does a power couple make a relationship work? Work is the key word here. It's an integral part of any relationship to "work" on it with intention. The trick is you just can't think of it as work, as it's a choice both partners make to create a stronger bond, connection, and life together.
In Japanese culture there is a an aesthetic called Wabi Sabi. Wabi Sabi is the adoration and enjoyment of all things imperfect, old, beaten down.
Your wedding day should be a fun celebration for everyone, including you. Stay organized or hire a professional wedding planner to do it for you. Then you'll be sure to enjoy every moment of your big day!
Whenever I'm embroiled in this kind of dynamic and (hallelujah!) manage to make it out the other side, I get majorly humbled -- all concepts of myself as a conscious, loving, evolved human being completely blown to smithereens.
My longest relationship has been with commitment phobia. But I seriously do think I could get married if I could do it with a month-to-month lease.
Nothing made me happier than motherhood, despite the loneliness of the suburbs. Despite the fact that my husband left early in the morning and came home well after nine at night. Despite the fact that I missed my mom, my friends, my touchstones.
Move in together, get engaged a year later, marry, have kids. Now, it seems many people are diverting from that path. They are choosing to skip the whole marriage part. This can actually be a big mistake.
We have all heard the painful stories of spousal abuse. We have a good idea what physical abuse is, and we are also aware of the terrible effects of emotional abuse. There is another type of abuse that is not as well known, but can be equally damaging, and that is financial abuse.
I long feared the confusion that might arise from marriage grounded solely on affection. How do we know what to honor as "marriage" and how do we distinguish that from "friendship"? I can now see that the boundary line must be the strength of commitment shared by two loving hearts.
When a marriage ends, it's been ending for a long time, except one party always seems to be blind to all the warning signs. If you're a woman that's had trouble processing your divorce, these are a couple of things that I'd like you to do to really start to understand.
Wouldn't you love to learn how to win that argument for once? And quickly?
I'm not married yet -- that's just a few short months down the line -- but I've already made up my mind.
It's just possible that if you do some or all these things, your relationship and your life in general will become less boring and more exhilarating. It might also become more challenging and stimulating. But who knows? You might get to enjoy living on the edge.
My husband and I are anything but ships passing in the night; we're more like two aging vessels mired in the harbor.
Before you say "I Do" here's some timeless wisdom from two famous brides of the Revolutionary Era that today's brides will want to include in their wedding plans.