Category: Personal Relationships

The Heart Of Relationships

Join us for the first in a Podcast series called “Relationships By Design.” Grab a coffee (or your favourite beverage), put on the headphones and enjoy The Heart of Relationships. Subscribe to Spotify or Apple Podcasts so you ensure you are notified of each episode.

Play Big In Your Relationship

Day after day, week after week – the same routine. That’s OK, however, the joy in life comes when you play big in your relationship. What about you? Ever withheld from your partner bigger ideas, dreams, and passions, for fear of judgements, criticism, and even rejection? We challenge you to play bigger, fail faster, learn… Read more »

Conflict In Our Relationship? It’s A Good Thing

You might be thinking, “No, Dan, conflict is NOT a good thing.  We don’t want conflict in our relationship.  Conflict is hard work and it tears us apart.” I understand. Whether we’re coaching with a couple, I’m coaching with an executive, or in Communication Excellence training with a corporate team, reducing conflict is often one… Read more »

Commitment To Your Relationship: Close The Escape Hatch – NOW

I invite you to be totally honest with yourself.  On a scale from 1 to 10, what is your commitment to your relationship now – to make it thrive, no matter what (1 means not committed at all, and 10 means totally in)? My perception from watching what happens with couples in society, and with… Read more »

Social Distancing: What’s In Your Control?

We are living in interesting times – unprecendented in my lifetime. With self-isolation, caution, and social distancing, what’s in your control? It is a time for prioritization and determining what is important, who are the most significant relationships, and focusing on ensuring high-quality time together. Social distancing can create huge opportunities. Check this out for… Read more »

Volunteer As A Couple? Why?

Volunteer? Voluteer as a couple? Why in the world would anyone do that? No money in that? Good question, and you’ll gain a perspective in the video below. Carol and I volunteer in the range of 10 – 20 hours per week (individually or together). It is an incredibly valuable experience to support our community… Read more »

How To Make Everyday Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day just rolled past us on the calendar.  In our North American society, February 14 is a day when hearts open, love flows, passion sparkles, and … sexual behaviour flourishes.  Yes, many people do what they don’t do the rest of the year – they truly become lovers.  Want to know how to make… Read more »

How Do You Add Fun To Your Relationship?

“Fun in your relationship? What d’ya mean?” I thought that was an interesting response to my question during a coaching session. It is so important to keep some spice, spontaneity, and pizzazz alive – so it doesn’t get boring. It also makes it easier to focus on what’s strong; rather than what’s wrong. What are… Read more »

Mindful About Mindfulness: Decision-making made easy

This morning, after my meditation, I was thinking about mindfulness.  Yes, that sounds ridiculous. I started laughing at myself, too.  “Thinking” and “mindfulness” are two totally different approaches. To be mindful about mindfulness is more appropriate. One of my habits is to overthink a situation, which often has me in an “analysis paralysis” mode.  I… Read more »

The Miracle of Marriage – Or Is It? 4 communication basics for any relationship

Does something miraculous happen when two people get married?  Or is it the communication within the marriage that breeds success? Hmmm? We have two amazing sons, Jamie and Brad. They are incredibly intelligent, creative, kind, respectful, and accountable – leaders in their communities and in our world.  Despite our parental foibles, we must have done… Read more »