The One Skill That Could Save Your Relationship

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Several years ago I worked with a client I’ll call “Vanessa” who described herself this way: “I’m a highly reactive and outspoken person with my partner. If he does something that annoys me, I have no filter between my irritated reaction and the words that come spewing out of my mouth. As a result, we […]

Can An Abuser Change?

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Domestic violence is unpredictable. After an incident of abuse, some abusers may act remorseful and promise to “change” in an effort to maintain the relationship (read: secure more control). The question is: Can an abuser break this cycle and genuinely change? An abuser has the potential to change if he* first acknowledges that: What he […]

Healing in Families

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If you let something go and it’s meant to be, it will come back to you is how the saying goes. I recently received a phone call from my sister who’s a few years older than I am and with whom I shared a bedroom for most of my childhood. I know a phone call […]

10 Tips for Body Confidence in the Bedroom

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Whether you’ve been with your partner three times or 300 times, had two dates or 20, getting naked in front of another can be a conflict-ridden experience. Heck, getting naked in front of a mirror can be a conflict-ridden experience. We may try to convince our partner that sex is more intimate with the lights […]

How Being Present May Have Saved My Marriage

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Walking under trees. Summer’s faded into fall. My marriage is broken. I seek solace under wind rustled leaves of red and yellow dappled browns. Scratch of black branches seems to whisper a message, “quietly, quietly.” I don’t understand. I look longingly to the trees wishing for answers, wishing those branches were arms that could hug […]

Getting Your Family On Board with Life Changes

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‘Men learn while they teach.’ ~Seneca the Younger It is a curious phenomena that when we try to change our habits — simplify our clutter, eat healthier, start exercising — the other people in our life don’t instantly want to be changed in the same way. It’s as if they had their own minds! Horrible […]

How to Deal with Fiery, Passionate Relationships. ~ Shelly Bullard

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No one on the planet lights my soul on fire the way my man does. It’s a fiery relationship—for better and for worse. I get so activated in his presence. I light up. Quite literally, I buzz. A fire roars deeply and passionately in my heart, for him. And sometimes that fire takes over—a burning […]

The Power of Fellowship

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I was recently interviewed for a magazine article and was asked, “Why do you think yoga is becoming so popular in our culture?” This question had me in inquiry for awhile, even after my interview. When I put the physicality of yoga aside (because I could go on and on about the physiological benefits of […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Take Time to Receive Love

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“We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Perks of Being a Wallflower I will admit to all of you, I’ve never been that great with accepting love. I’m good with showing love: buying special gifts for loved ones, giving compliments, telling people I love them regularly, etc. But accepting that someone truly means […]

Your Best Year EVER

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Every New Year resolutions are made — most of which are short lived — new declarations announced, and goals set. This year I decided to go big. I am committed to making 2013 the best year of my life, because… well, why not? I am 39, turning 40 in November, and I can’t come up […]