Can You Both Survive Christmas?

Christmas.  A festive time of giving, eating and celebrate time with family and the start of summer holidays for many in the Southern hemisphere.  Relaxing and enjoying time with the ones you love. 

Sound’s idyllic doesn’t it and for many families it is.  But for some couples it just adds more stress to what maybe an already strained relationship. Continue reading

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Know You are Marrying the Right Person

You know you are marrying the right person when you have mastered these 10 features of a successful relationship.

With spring here, we have a ‘Nearly and Newly Weds’ theme, our guest blogger this week is Relationship and Divorce Coach, Kimberlee Sweeney.

Through her coaching, Kimberlee has developed unique insights into relationships and shares wise words of wisdom for those couples embarking on life together. Continue reading

What’s Your Money Relationship?

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Strange as it sounds we all have a relationship with money.  Think about it, it does make sense.  The world is about relationships and money is no exception. 

In fact, your relationship with money is the longest relationship you will have in your life!

Money is everywhere, we really can’t ‘opt out’ and say we want nothing to do with it.  Unless you want to be a hermit in deepest darkest Kazakstan and be self-sufficient.  Not my idea of fun.  Continue reading

Have a Happy Money Marriage

money marriage

A happy money marriage is a key ingredient to a happy marriage. We all want a live happily ever after with the person of our dreams. The intention is to spend the rest of our lives together. But the sad reality is that 70% – 80% of relationships that break up, blame money.

So, if you want a happy money marriage you need to talk about money and deal with money as a couple.

Here are a few tips for a happy money marriage.

Communicate about money

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We Are Not Rational!

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Have you ever done something and then afterwards scratched your head and thought, “what on earth was I thinking!?”  Welcome to the world of being human.  We are not rational and despite our best intentions, there are going to be times when we do odd things.

So, what influences our decisions?  Well, there is a wealth of research into ‘Why We do Dumb Stuff’ – technically called Behavioural Economics.  As Dan Ariely (Prof of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University) says, “we’re Predictably Irrational!” Continue reading

New Relationships and The Money Conversation

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Lynda was presenting at a women’s conference recently about Money and Mindset.  At the end of the presentation she was asked this question, “my daughter is in a new relationship, when she should talk to the new boyfriend about money?”

“As soon as possible!!” she said.

Just let me clarify.  You certainly wouldn’t talk about your financial situation or expectations on a first or maybe even your sixth date!  But once the toothbrush starts moving and you are planning further ahead than just the movies or dinner next week, the relationship is looking a little more serious. Continue reading

Time to Talk About Us

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Funny how songs have a habit of popping into our heads.  I was wondering why this song – You Don’t Bring Me Flowers  popped into my head this morning as I was walking from the train to the office.

A lot of our week has been meeting with women in business.  They’re busy building their businesses, looking after their children and their homes.  Then at the end of the day, they are just too tired to relax and enjoy the time they have with their partners. Continue reading