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Honesty is not always the best policy

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in relationship-empowerment | 9 comments

In the past I have heard people say some of the most hurtful remarks to their partners and claim that they we’re just trying “to be honest.” Being completely honest is not only unproductive it can be hurtful, cruel and destructive.  Last week I saw a young married couple in their early thirties for the first time. After speaking with them for about 2 minutes it became obvious to me that they were very emotionally distant from one another and unnervingly (to me) used to it. Despite the fact that each of them was unhappy in...

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How to Avoid Co-worker Drama

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in relationship-empowerment | 0 comments

Have you ever worked with someone that was a trouble-maker? Recently, I worked with an IT specialist named Andrew who has been having problems with a co-worker. The funny thing is that Andrew didn’t even know there were problems until last week, but his co-worker has been trash talking about him (to upper management) for months. At first Andrew was shocked and then after that wore off, he became angry. His told me he was thinking of “escalating the problem” and opting to take the situation to HR.  I urged him to reconsider. Any negative...

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7 Dating mistakes that make you look Desperate

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in relationship-empowerment | 44 comments

Have you ever wondered why you have great first and second dates, but can’t seem to find a fulfilling long-term relationship with anyone? Last week I spoke with Vanessa, a single-mother in her early thirties. She has been dating the same guy off and on for over 2 years. Despite the fact that she’s in love with him, he’s not ready to commit. Vanessa’s confused about why her boyfriend doesn’t want to be exclusive. They have a great time with each other, have many common interests and rarely fight. After getting more information it...

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The Shocking Truth about Sex and Relationships

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in relationship-empowerment | 3 comments

Have you ever wondered if the amount of sex you have is…well, normal? According to The Net Doctor the average American Couple in their 30’s & 40’s has sex around 2 times per week. Well, there are plenty of people out there that have sex more or less than twice per week.  So what about all of those people? What does it mean if you and your partner only have sex once a week? Or what if you have it every day? What does that say about your relationship? In truth, it depends. The most important thing about the frequency of sex in a...

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The Danger of Following all the Rules at Work

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in relationship-empowerment | 0 comments

Have you ever been at work and felt unappreciated? Last week I spoke with Nicole, a woman in her early thirties with an MBA that owns her own home and has been working for the same company for the past 7 years. Nicole was frustrated that she got a promotion over a year ago, received a new title at work, has a new corner office- but has not gotten a pay increase. She explained that all of the other “managers” at her company are earning 10-15% more annually, and have roles that are similar to hers. Guess what else all of her...

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How to avoid a bad first date.

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in relationship-empowerment | 0 comments

Last week I skyped with Kelly; a bright, educated, attractive single woman in her mid-twenties. She shared information with me about her love life: a break-up about six months ago with her college sweetheart, a couple of guy-friends that she was ambivalently interested in, and a rather uneventful date she went on last weekend. What stood out to me as the common-link between each of Kelly’s frustrations about men, dating, and relationships was: she constantly felt into the trap of beingn a “fun, cool” girl that’s...

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Easier than Mind Reading

Posted by on Sep 3, 2011 in relationship-empowerment | 0 comments

Last week I spoke with a newly married couple in their mid twenties, Valerie and Nick, who happen to be expecting their first child. Having just returned from Iraq, Nick is currently unemployed.  The more we talked it became obvious to me how much they genuinely cared for one another and just how frustrated they had become with one another. As newly weds that did not live together before marriage, they’d been having countless arguments about house cleaning; what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and who will do what. This a...

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Introduction Video

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in relationship-empowerment | 0 comments

Relationship Empowerment Project Introduction from amber lewter on Vimeo. Introduction to project about helping individuals and couples improve their relationships.

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5 Ways to improve your relationship right now

Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people consider their romantic relationships to be one of the most important part of their lives.  There are times when getting along well with the one we love most can seem almost impossible; he/she keeps leaving dirty dishes in the sink, uses toothpaste from the top of the tube, or only takes the trash out after being reminded 3 times. And other times the issues are more severe; lying, cheating, or drug/alcohol problems.  Regardless of how big or small the arguments are in a relationship, true connection and trust are the key to...

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Gratitude List

Posted by on Jul 5, 2011 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The other day I was walking around my kitchen, fixing breakfast and took a quick break to write in my Gratitude book. My husband gave me a curious look and asked “uh, is that your journal?” and I realized that I had never shared anything about my weekly gratitude lists with him. So, I explained the importance of that little notebook to him and afterward thought I should share it with everyone: Each week I write a gratitude list; at the top of the page I jot down the date and below I write out all of the things that I am grateful...

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