4 Tips to Balance Marriage and Friendships

It’s typical for newlyweds to disappear off the face of the earth. Don’t be alarm we all do it. While we enjoy the new thrill of our lives, some of our relatives and friends find it strenuous to reach us. Others will respect your space and assume you will reach out to them once things get in order. There are a lot of challengeWebsiteLR-109s married couples encounter within the first year of marriage. They are learning how to work together and figure out what strategies works best for them. They are combining two different styles of upbringing all while creating a foundation together. Can you imagine how complicated that is? Soon enough they’ll come back around and friendships will continue to be built. In addition to the marriage journey, children are born and new chapters are created. Finding time for friends and family becomes another level of complication through this adventure we call life.  Continue reading “4 Tips to Balance Marriage and Friendships”

Make Love Not War

Thanksgiving is a few days away and we all want to see our family and friends. This can become quite difficult when you are in a relationship.img_3634 Your husband may want to spend time with his family, or your boyfriend prefers to stay home and cook dinner.  Either way, our family is important and during the holidays it’s common to want to spend with them.

Where to spend the holidays is one of the leading arguments in a relationship. It’s an argument because you may not have discussed with your husband previously how you expect to spend the holidays. You might like your mama’s mac and cheese, while your husband destains dealing with your Uncle Pete’s corny jokes. It’s imperative to remain happy in our own home. There is no sense of arguing about where to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years for that matter. That is why it is MANDATORY to plan ahead and figure out what your household is doing for the holidays. Continue reading “Make Love Not War”

4 Ways to Clean Out Your Closet

Last night I cleaned out our pantry. It was unplanned which took me by surprise. My husband brought groceries home and I realized I couldn’t put the food in the pantry until I cleaned it out. While going through stuff Iimg_4752 noticed most of the perishable items were outdated. Some had an expiration date of 2015, disgusting right? I filled the garbage bag with the outdated items, swept the bottom of the pantry, and replaced them with new groceries. Afterward, the pantry looked amazing and it was easy to get to certain things. I even got a compliment from my husband which made me feel enthused.

This is how life is. We keep undesirable people in our lives and expect our world to go in a positive direction. There are some folks you have to wean out of your inner circle. Especially if they are causing you more harm than good. You have to ask yourself who is a benefit in your life, who can you depend on when you are sick, or who motivates your wildest dreams? People can become a hindrance, and it can be difficult to pinpoint who they are. But think about it, if a person is not conducting positive energy in your life, why are you around them? Sometimes it’s not people, it can be things like electronics, cars, or even our jobs. Whatever’s causing distractions in your life it’s time to get rid of it. 
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How to Avoid Dull Dates

Dating is fun! It allows you to get to know someone better. Potentially, if all goes well the date turns into multiple dates, which turns into a relationship. Some people casual date and others take it seriously. There’s always a movie to catch or a local restaurant to try out. However, the novelty of dating wears off after you get tired of paying money to sit and watch a big television screen. After so many dates, you’ll run out of places to eat because you’ve been to them all, and now when its time to figure out what to do on a Friday night, you scratch your head and get annoyed at the limited options you can think of.  So what happens now?

Just know you are not alone. Every couple goes through this, but how do you avoid it? Sure there are times when you will rather stay in and watch a Netflix movie, or find something to watch on On Demand, but I’m sure couples want to do something different occasionally. You don’t want to nag the person you are going out with but after a while you have to admit, dating can get dull. I’ve experienced it with my husband on multiple occasions. Time is of the essence when dating. It should be a time for fun, laughter, and enjoyment of each other’s company. At least that’s what I continue to tell myself!  Continue reading “How to Avoid Dull Dates”