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Gain Advice and Insight From a Marriage Podcast

November 8, 2017 - By 

In the United States, between 40 to 50 percent of people will get a divorce.

With statistics like that, it’s no surprise that after the wedding itself, the task of maintaining a healthy marriage takes some hard work.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of online resources that offer marriage advice.

Check out a marriage podcast from the list below to learn and make improvements to your relationship:

Stronger Marriages: The Anatomy of Marriage Podcast

This podcast currently features one season with 13 episodes. These episodes chronicle the almost-failed marriage of the couple that hosts the show.

The hosts, Melanie and Seth Studley, discuss their own marriage and it’s shortcomings. They also explore stories of other marriages that have found themselves in similar circumstances.

After 12 and a half years of marriage and 3 kids, this couple offers a wealth of knowledge and an honest look at the struggles a marriage can face.

Confessions of a Terrible Husband

If you feel like your marriage is in trouble and you’re looking for honest advice on taking responsibility for your relationship then this marriage podcast is the place to look.

In this podcast, listeners will hear the host Nick Pavlidis discuss every aspect of marriage and life.

When he isn’t discussing his own takes on life and marriage he’s interviewing people like Marcus and Ashley Kusi from the Our Peaceful Family, and Fawn Weaver from The Happy Wives Club to get their insight on the same topics.

Love-Life Connection

Formerly known as “Date Yourself Radio” this podcast hosted by love and life coach Veronica Grant.

The philosophy of this podcast centers around becoming your own best partner while you’re alone and creating a life that another person would want to be a part of.

Whether this means seeking counseling from a source like Sam Nabil Counseling, or working on yourself through her candid advice, this podcast will help you turn your life and your love around.

First Year Marriage Show

From Marcus and Ashley Kusi from the Our Peaceful Family, the First Year Marriage show podcast is here to help newlyweds navigate their first year of life together.

The episodes feature the hosts discussing topics like the struggles and problems they encountered in their first year of marriage and how they resolved them and how to adjust to life together. and a few handy tips on how to thrive through the first little while of being married.

Listen to this podcast for a few handy tips on how to thrive through the first little while of being married.

Anything & Everything

Hear from hosts Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke who have a 7-month-old child and are somewhat new to married life.

The topics covered here are perfect for anyone who needs a little bit of faith sprinkled into their advice.

The couple discusses culture, marriage, and answers questions sent in by listeners.

Make a Marriage Podcast Part of Your Day

Take some time on your morning commute or while you’re at the gym to make a marriage podcast part of your daily listening.

With such a diverse amount of experiences and advice found in the list above, there’s sure to be something that fits anyone’s needs.

Check out our posts on relationships for more resources.


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How Using a Wedding Program Template Can Save You Money

October 3, 2017 - By 
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A wedding is a form of self-expression. Even traditional church weddings reflect the bride and groom’s personalities. The more unique, the more expensive, right?

Not at all.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) wedding programs are one way to make your wedding memorable without going over budget.

Wedding programs are a formal schedule of events for your wedding ceremony and reception. They also double as a keepsake for your guests.

Using an inexpensive, or even free, wedding program template can save hundreds of dollars. Read on to find out how to make them work for you.

Digital Download

Many wedding program templates are free and available for digital download. Other sites have templates and royalty-free graphics available for a small fee.

Most of these free templates include the basic parts of a wedding ceremony. They also include areas to fill in details about the bride and groom, as well as the wedding party.

You can personalize these templates as much as you need to. This way, you can reflect your wedding’s theme and your personality.

Print at Home

DIY wedding programs are easy to make, thanks to templates and desktop publishing software. Templates are designed to work with Microsoft Word, or other word processing programs.

Even better?

You can usually print from anywhere.

If your template is for a flat program that does not require folding, use card stock to give it a professional look. If the program design is for a folded card, then use printer paper for smooth folding.

The result is a wedding program that’s unique and looks professionally designed.

DIY Project Ideas

Having an outdoor June wedding? Want to include a unity sand ceremony on the beach?

Get a little creative! Turn your wedding program into a paddle fan by adding a fan stick and some ribbon. Your program then becomes a memento.

Or, you can make your wedding program functional. Add a pouch and use it as a container for the birdseed or confetti your guests will shower you with when you make your exit.

If you need a little inspiration, try a visual search engine like Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.

DIY Wedding Program Template Online

If you’re planning a large wedding and don’t want to overheat your home printer, there are printing services available online. These services also allow you to customize your own program.

Many companies give you the option of uploading your own completed image or using a free wedding program template from their online gallery.

You can customize the template using the web site’s simple online editor and order the prints.

As the Big Day Approaches

Using a free wedding program template for your program is one small way to keep your wedding budget in check.

When you look for ways to save, you’ll have more money to invest in the parts of your wedding that matter the most to you.

With so many creative options available, you can easily create a unique and beautiful program to complement your wedding’s theme and decor.


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5 Signs Your Marriage Is In Trouble

June 13, 2017 - By 

Everybody wants the perfect marriage that they always envisioned. However, even if you marry the love of your life, things can go sour very quickly if someone isn’t putting in the work.

Worried your marriage may be headed for disaster? We’ve got 5 reasons you may be on the track to divorce.

No sex life

Regardless of how much people may think otherwise, sex is a major point in marriages – and it’s often underestimated how much it matters.

If your sex lives aren’t syncing up, or you can’t remember the last time you were intimate with your spouse, it may be a warning sign for your marriage.

No sex life can be attributed to a lot of things: stress, career, other family obligations. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not attracted to your partner. Still, the best thing to do is have a sit-down and an honest talk regarding your dead bedroom.

Silent treatment

If the two of you are resorting to petty tactics and passive aggression rather than facing your issues, that’s an absolute sign that your marriage is headed for disaster.

Communication in marriage is paramount. Regardless of how much your spouse may have offended you, you need to learn to talk your issues over with them.

If your spouse is unresponsive, you may find it’s time to seek legal counsel.

Resentment

Whether we like it or not, it’s very easy to begin to resent someone who you have close ties to. When you’re with someone for almost every hour of every day, you’re going to find out very quickly what you like and what you don’t.

It’s when the things you don’t like begin to build up that resentment begins to fester. This can cause a breakdown in communication and other aspects of your marriage.

Unfortunately, once you begin resenting your spouse, it’s difficult to see them in another light.

Speaking other love languages

Not familiar with love languages? It’s summed up pretty easily by saying that everybody has a different way they show love to another person, and that’s how they expect that love in return.

In a marriage, you need to respect and learn each other’s love languages. If your spouse prefers giving (and receiving) gifts as gestures, they’re likely not impressed by all the quality time you prefer spending with them.

If you don’t make the effort, you can be certain that your marriage won’t last.

Never fighting

We’re not here to say that violent arguments are the key to a healthy marriage because they’re not. However, not fighting can have the same terrible connotations as a couple that’s constantly at each other’s throats.

If you don’t fight, that can be an indication that you don’t care enough about your marriage to fight for what you believe in. It also means that communication is likely at a standstill if nothing’s wrong.

Conclusion

Marriage isn’t easy for anybody, and when it falls apart, things get harder. Luckily, there are divorce lawyers ready and waiting to help you out of any bad spot you may be in.

If you’re currently dealing with any of the above, don’t let things turn into an avalanche. Communicate with your spouse, and know that there are resources available to help you.


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Why You Should Invest in Office Team Building

February 3, 2017 - By 
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Fostering a healthy workplace is crucial to seeing long term success. Your team members need to form real bonds, not just superficial friendships.

It’s certainly not the easiest thing to accomplish, as many of you already know. Getting people to set aside personal differences and work together takes time and effort.

One great way to start building inter-office relationships is through office team building exercises.

All of those team meetings and roundtable discussions actually have an impact on your office moral.

Investing time in fun team building activities makes all the difference in the long run. Here’s why.

Competition = Motivation

Friendly competition can motivate your staff to strive for success. No one likes to lose, much less to another employee.

Split your office into small teams and set up office milestones. Whichever team sells the most product per month wins!

Not only will everyone stay motivated, but team members can work together to strategize how to improve their sales techniques.

Breaking Down The “Work Barrier”

Too often people come to the office, do their job, and leave. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn’t foster any office friendships.

Take some time to hold open forums where people can talk about their personal lives.

If your workplace condones it, happy hours are actually a great way to break down the stuffy “office” personas many people develop.

A little social lubrication can get people out of their shell and discussing their likes, dislikes, hobbies, and more.

If happy hours aren’t your thing, keeping Friday’s casual also work. Encourage social hours at the end of the week when everyone is in a good mood.

Building Team Spirit

There’s a reason the saying goes “There is no I in team.” People tend to work better when they feel like they’re a part of something bigger.

It’s the same reason professional athletes are expected to form bonds with one another.

Work ethic, office pride, and productivity are all improved when your employees feel like they’re relying on each another to accomplish a goal.

Inclusiveness Breeds Ideas

People do their best work when they feel like their opinion matters. After all, no one’s going to speak up when everything they say is dismissed.

Fostering an inclusive intellectual environment ensures that your office is utilizing all of its resources.

Imagine if someone had a million dollar idea, but was afraid to speak up. That can happen if people aren’t welcoming.

Encourage all of your employees that there is no such things as a bad idea.

Everyone Need A Break

Team building exercises are the time when your employees get to unwind around the office and have fun.

Stressful work environments don’t help anyone focus at best, and at worst stifle creativity.

There’s a reason the Google’s and Apple’s of the world offer laid back work environments.

If you’re on the fence about starting a team building curriculum around the office, don’t wait. Investing in a cohesive office environment will pay for itself in the long run.