The Power of Positivity in Relationships

Margi DehlinParenting, Relationships2 Comments

Recently, John and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We were but wee babes when we began our story together. I personally don’t think time together in and of itself is something that warrants public approval, as there are plenty of unhealthy relationships out there that last for decades (and that feels truly tragic). Don’t get me wrong, we have … Read More

Podcast Love

Margi DehlinGrief, Health & Wellness, Relationships, Spirituality5 Comments

One of my favorite ways to enhance any activity is to listen to a podcast. Do you have podcasts you love? I find that I am drawn to podcasts for a variety of reasons. A few might be… to learn and grow to feel inspired to feel connected I thought I would share a few of my favorites lately. Are … Read More

Connecting with Teens

Margi DehlinFaith Transition, Parenting, Relationships4 Comments

We are fortunate to have two teens living in our home. Winston is fourteen–and in ninth grade. Clara is seventeen–and a senior in high school. Their lives are always in motion, constantly swirling in a mix of different identities and moods that vary from moment to moment. I find the teen years naturally place me in a rather heightened state as … Read More

The Shift from External to Internal

Margi DehlinFaith Transition, Parenting, Relationships4 Comments

One of the first shifts that often occurs in life transitions but that is especially relevant to a religious one — is the turn from looking outside of ourselves to find answers — toward trying to discern how we feel, what we value, or what we need from the inside out. This is an especially tough task as many of us have … Read More

What Is Your Losing Strategy in Your Relationships?

Margi DehlinRelationships, Spirituality2 Comments

Photo by Maya Dehlin I read a book recently called The New Rules of Marriage by Terrence Real. Terrence Real is a family therapist and the author of various books on relationships. The New Rules of Marriage book is (in my humble opinion) a solid attempt at looking at marriage through a modern lens. Our world and our relationships differ dramatically … Read More

Weekly Share of Shares – May 18, 2018

Margi DehlinGrief, Health & Wellness, Parenting, Relationships, Seasonal Reflections, Weekly Share4 Comments

Greetings to you on this fine Friday! Why the stop sign you might ask? It isn’t particularly beautiful, I know. But it is fitting! Have you had times in your life when experiences rise up and make you literally stop in your tracks in order to pay closer attention? Well…that is where I am currently.  Hence, the stop sign. Many … Read More

The Seven Principles for a Healthy Relationship–Gottman Style

Margi DehlinFaith Transition, Grief, Relationships5 Comments

Photo by Maya Dehlin One thing I do in my spare time is read relationship books. Actually all kinds of books but we will focus on relationship books to simplify things today. They aren’t all easy reads either. Or equally valuable. It takes time–and a desire to plow through material that isn’t always riveting. Do you get my meaning? Well, … Read More