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3 Ways to Jumpstart Your New Year with a New Relationship

  12.6.2017   Venessa   Relationships   No comments

I’ve always loved Christmas. As a child, I loved trimming the tree while listening to Christmas music. Of course, we’d leave milk and cookies for Santa, and on Christmas morning, open gifts in our pajamas. Of course, getting lots of toys helped the joy, too. Now, as an adult, I love the holiday for different… Read More

5 Ways To Deepen Every Relationship You Have

  10.25.2017   Venessa   Love, Relationships   No comments

One night I had a conversation with a friend who told me he was afraid to put himself out there because he’d been hurt so many times in the past. Here was a man, a great guy with a lot to offer the right woman, who was feeling uncertain of himself. So I asked him…… Read More

4 Ways to Stay Vulnerable (Even When It’s Scary)

  10.11.2017   Venessa   Relationships   No comments

“Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.” -Brené Brown I have a mantra: Faith over fear. When I grew stronger in my faith, I stopped fearing everything. I used to be deathly afraid of heights. It all stemmed from a childhood incident where I was on the… Read More

3 Ways To Get Clear Before You Get “Cuffed”

A few years ago the term, “Cuffing Season” started to become popular. It refers to that determination people seem to get into when the fall season hits that they need to hurry up and get in a committed relationship. There are many reasons why this could be. Maybe it’s the weather and wanting someone to enjoy… Read More

A Honeymoon For One – 7 Reasons to Travel While You’re Single

There are times in our lives when we wait for things when we don’t have to. For me traveling was one of them. When I was married I always said we would travel later…. Later meant when we bought the house, when we paid off debts and when the kids grew up. But what I… Read More

First comes love, then comes… the ring?

  07.12.2017   Venessa   Love, Relationships   No comments

Have you ever heard a woman share the story of how she was proposed to, only to hear her express disappointment that the proposal wasn’t romantic or showy enough? Or what about the woman who sheepishly hides her ring away quickly after showing it off to you because it’s not as big as she would… Read More

3 Ways To Create Foolproof Expectations

  07.6.2017   Venessa   Love, Relationships   1 Comment

When we’re young we have whimsical ideas about what a marriage is supposed to be and what it’s not supposed to be. Your expectations might include a big expensive wedding, a financially stable partner, or a luxurious home. If you’ve been married, you’ve learned a few things, the biggest of which is that marriage isn’t… Read More

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Today

Do you remember when we lived in a world where computers and cell phones and social media didn’t exist? I certainly do. I might be one of the few people who wishes we could go back to those times. Back to when we actually had meaningful conversation. Remember when you had to be home to… Read More

Want to know the key to a successful relationship? Start with a friendship

  06.1.2017   Venessa   Relationships   No comments

Over the last month or two I’ve been working with a few people who are ready to be married. One in particular has recently met a woman that he really likes. By all accounts she sounds like a great young lady, and they have lots in common. I’ve encouraged him to go slow with this… Read More

The Surprising Difference Between Wooing and Pursuing

  05.24.2017   Venessa   Love, Relationships   No comments

Which do you prefer: wooing or pursuing? Many women I’ve spoken to throughout the years have said they would rather be pursued. I can understand why this might be your first response, but let’s examine what the implications are of being wooed versus being pursued. First, let’s take a look at the words themselves, the… Read More