507: MARRIAGE THROUGH THE YEARS: PART 1 — NEWLY WED

“A wedding is an event, a marriage is a lifetime. Invest more in your marriage than your wedding and success is inevitable.” —Anonymous

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Marriage has many seasons. As the years pass, your marriage will see ups and downs, wins, and challenges. That’s why equipping yourself on how to have an extraordinary marriage no matter how long you have been married is so important. 

One of the best ways to understand the seasons of marriage is to start at the beginning and explore the “newly wed stage.” 

506: MARRIAGE IS A TEAM SPORT

“Coming together is a beginning. Staying together is progress. Working together is success.” —Henry Ford

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When you got married, you had a vision of what your marriage would be like and how your marriage would change your life. As you brought your lives together the two of you were no longer playing on different teams but coming together to play on the same team.

Team isn’t just a simple four letter word, it’s actually a prescription for how the two of you do life together. Understanding each of the letters serves as a guide for your team sport.

505: MONEY AND MARRIAGE: PART 6 — ESTATE PLANNING

“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones-the ones at home.” Mother Theresa

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Estate planning is difficult to talk about. Even the thought makes us face the reality that all of us will die someday. Because we are not able to predict when our time here on Earth will end, everyone must take the time to plan for what happens after they pass away.

When you are married, your death will not only affect your spouse, but also your children, extended family, finances and ultimately could impact them for many years to come.

504: LONELINESS IN MARRIAGE

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” Mother Theresa

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Loneliness is sometimes a topic that is hard to bring up because it has more causes than solutions. In marriage it is a real thing, and it is more common than people think. 

Loneliness is more than a feeling that lies on the surface of your life. It’s a profoundly distressing experience. Connected to both the quality and quantity of the relationships around you, it can also be confusing. You may wonder how you can be married to someone that you love and care about but still feel disconnected at the same time.