For the past few mornings, my wife has allowed me to wake up next to her and my friend Joy. Although my wife doesn’t really know Joy, she has no problems with our relationship. In fact, I would say she wants me to get to know Joy even more. My hope is they develop a strong friendship themselves. This would make my life, my wife’s life, and our family life better.
I’ve learned that when we come into marriage we all have our own expectations and ideas about how the ideal marriage should work. We all want the same thing—a good marriage, a happy marriage, a lasting and fulfilling marriage—but we have different ideas on what gets us there.
My wife Stephana and I didn’t really talk about this before we got married, and it was years into our marriage before we began to do so. We got married and just went on expecting things to end up “happily ever after” because that’s what we both wanted, even though we didn’t discuss it. Nope, didn’t happen.
Have you reached a point in your marriage where you feel stuck? Not necessarily stuck in the marriage and wanting to get out. But stuck in a place in your marriage you aren’t happy with.
You want to better connect with your spouse. You hope there is more. But you aren’t sure how to get more. Or maybe your marriage is good, but you want a great marriage — a marriage truly worth celebrating.
There is a lesson in everything! A few weeks ago my wife and I joined some of our friends for a “fun” outing. This “fun” outing was riding tandem bikes at our downtown canal. All I have to say is if you are considering marriage, go tandem bike riding before saying I do!
We all have one way or another to make money. It is of the utmost importance that we grow our financial situation to keep up with our fast-moving lives. However, from time to time it is important to take a break from our fast-moving lives and go on holiday. What can we do to mitigate the cost of expensive holidays? My favorite tip (at least since buying a new rental property) is to rent out your home while you are on vacation.
About a month ago we received a call from our daughter’s talent agency asking if our family would audition for a TV commercial. We were super excited and of course, we said yes! However, there were no guarantees we’d be selected.
So, a few weeks later we were called back as finalists. And then we received the call we’d been waiting for. Our family was chosen to “star” in the Visit Indy commercial as part of Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration. The commercial began airing this week on major TV stations in Indiana.
The cardboard box is waiting for me in the shadows of my garage right where I left it this February. It holds a few dozen strands of Christmas lights magically intertwined into one impossible jumble. Every year I tackle the jumbled mess with a combination of “Eye of the Tiger” enthusiasm and “Jingle Bell Rock” cheerfulness.
By the time I actually get them sorted out hours later, my fingers are frozen and my cheerful enthusiasm is decaffeinated. I tend to keep the project simple after the detangling. I put a few lights along the rain gutters in the front of the house and call it good. Last year I even put some lights in the tree in our front yard.
Life is full of pressures and commitments that distract us from investing in the core elements of a life well-lived. The problem this presents us with is that we then miss out on a life of wholeness that is available to us. If only we had a bit of discipline and advance planning, we could live life more fully.
His birthday falls on election day, and the year before had been the election of the “hanging chads.” Do you remember watching the news and waiting for hours to see who would be the president that year?
Of course, I made the mistake of hosting my husband’s birthday dinner at a restaurant with TVs. He was consumed with the news, and that birthday was a wash.
I’ve been a part of a few mastermind groups over the past few years. It never seems to fail that each time we get together something is said or done that is super beneficial. This week it was a quote that has just been messing with me since I heard it.
The quote was actually shared at the previous week’s mastermind, but it was brought up again this week because it had such a profound impact on everyone in the group. It challenged me, my mastermind group, and will challenge you as well.