Tag Archives: relationships

Making deals and staying in love

How and Why You Should Negotiate Your Romantic Relationship

Have you ever seen that couple who is still bickering and fighting over the same issues year after year?  They swear they love each other but you keep wondering how they even like each other.  Why haven’t they moved on to bigger, better, and more peaceful things?  Chances are they each are making demands but no one is really negotiating a better way.

The word negotiate is probably the least romantic word in the dictionary.  It doesn’t usually pop up in conversation when you are talking infatuation and love in your life.  Surprisingly, it is the best way to navigate this sort of relationship. Everyone does it to some extent or another.  The better you are at it, the better your relationship becomes. Negotiation is just a means of achieving a solution that leaves each party getting the most out of a situation.

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Lessons from a near death experience

What I Learned From a Near Death Experience

Back in March, I had what I would call a near death experience.

I think I can call it a near death experience even though I didn’t hover over my own body, my heart didn’t stop, and there was no white light or anyone from the other side.

I actually remember almost none of it and am going on the stories that were relayed to me.  There was a life flight, a chest tube, and the card on the flowers that my daughter gave me that said, “Mom, thanks for not dying!” All this evidence points me to the conclusion that it was, indeed, a near death experience. Continue reading

The Importance of Inconveniencing Yourself

Have you ever heard of a billionaire who built their business when they got ‘around to it’?  An epic love story that was ‘fit into a schedule’? A good parent who ignores a child because they have something more interesting to do?  How about being able to keep a job when you only go into work fully rested and motivated to work?

Convenience is a great quality when it comes to shopping, banking, doctor appointments, and your commute to work.  It is absolutely counter productive as a component in making life decisions.  Nothing great is ever created without inconveniencing yourself. Continue reading