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    Making the Most of Your Vows

    It is really popular now to write your own vows. For good reason. We want them to be authentic.   Read More...

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    Handling Crisis Together

    Crisis comes in so many forms - a health issue for one of you or someone close to you, a natural disaster that impacts you both, a job loss or financial hardship, the loss of a loved one. These crises are all part of normal life and and are inevitable.Learning how to support each other through crisis - be it a shared one or one that impacts your partner more than you, is a critical skill to support your relationship.How you cope, how you process and how you try to move through a crisis is highly...  Read More...

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    The Power of Celebration in Relationship

    Frequently my kids tease me for an “overuse” of the word “fun”. However, the truth is that I have practiced seeing the good and finding cause to celebrate.There is a lot of science behind the benefits of celebration - both for brain chemistry science and psychological benefits. This is a great little article on the benefits of celebration (click the picture to bring you to the article): Sadly, many people find it really hard to celebrate their own successes.   Read More...

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    Strategies We Use To Be Loved & Valued

    Why is it that so many of us long for a life partner?I believe that at our core we long to be known, truly seen and loved. We also long to offer someone else that depth of love. We have other core needs too, such as to be safe, to have our basic physical needs met, etc.   Read More...

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    5 Reasons Pre-Marital Coaching is Like Working Out

    So often we think of counseling as appropriate for when something is broken or in crisis. This is not the case with pre-marital counseling or coaching.So, for starters, what is pre-marital? It comes in many forms - it may be classes you take with a few other couples, either through an organization that specializes in this or through a faith community.   Read More...

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    The Five Love Languages

    The idea that we hear love and speak love in different ways has been made widely popular and very accessible by the work of Gary Chapman. I highly recommend his book, in fact I give it to all the young couples in our family. This link will take you to a site where you can take the assessment (just takes about 5 minutes) to see what your top love languages are.https://marriageresourcecentre.org/2013/05/03/featured-resource-five-love-languages/Understanding love languages has 2 big implicatio...  Read More...

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    Looking at Love

    It’s always interesting to see what Wikipedia has to say on a subject. Here is one of the comments on love: “This diversity of uses and meanings combined with the complexity of the feelings involved makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love You know that rush of feeling intense love that you have at times for your partner? Is that love? Those acts of kindness when you really don’t feel like ...  Read More...

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    5 Methods For More Effective Anger in Relationships

    This week I have been deeply touched by a number of you sharing deeply personal stories about your own experiences with anger and rage. I have heard from people wrestling with the impact of someone else’s anger expressions but I have also heard from people who know that they might be the one expressing anger in ways that may hurt people they love.Although I’m coming from a place of having to learn to express anger, I have learned a few things over the years that are relevant for those of you wan...  Read More...

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    Judging or Critical Thinking for Couples

    It can feel like semantics when we approach this topic. Judging, criticizing, evaluating. What are the real differences? This topic is very real in our everyday relationships and since my goal is not connected to our use of language but our use of compassion and honesty I'm not going to focus on nuances. There is a fine line between taking an honest inventory of our feelings about someone else and judging them.   Read More...

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    3 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Love Life

    If you want a better sex life with your partner, explore these natural ways to boost connection.My mother did not do well giving me “the talk”. I did not do well listening to her try. She did, however, buy me a book called “Sex Begins in the Kitchen”.   Read More...

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    7 Life Skills That'll Improve Your Career & Love Life SIMULTANEOUSLY

    It's totally doable.For 10 years now I have been coaching business leaders and executives to provide leadership development for companies in the form of certificate programs, seminars, coaching skills training and retreats. Even though I teach at primarily business seminars, I've been told that much of the information I provide not only helps in the executives' careers, but also in their love lives— whether that be in their marriage or life partnership. When you stop to think about it, it makes ...  Read More...

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