2018-10-25T23:47:29+00:00November 1st, 2018|Relationships|

by Anna Wilking For anyone who has been single at an age when you’re “supposed” to be partnered, it can be a gut-wrenching time. After a sudden and terrible breakup with a (terrible) partner, who I was willing to hunker down with and squeeze out some babies, I suddenly found myself alone and heartbroken at the age of 38. I had been with my partner for several years and could have never foreseen the circumstances that led to my walking out (more on that later). Little did I know that I would be single for the next four years. Yes, I [...]

Harvesting Your Strengths in Relationships

2018-09-30T20:07:53+00:00September 30th, 2018|Relationships|

by Maria Sylvester Where there is the greatest love, there are always miracles.  ~ Willa Cather When was the last time you celebrated what was working well in your relationships? When was the last time you noted what you were contributing? Rather than feeling inadequate when a connection steers off course, why not help set it straight again by plugging into your relationship superpowers? Do you know what yours are? Noting that is definitely worth a moment of reflection. Don’t fall into the trap of focusing on what isn’t working, or on the problems you are having with someone. Instead, concentrate [...]

Woman on the Street | City of Good Neighbors

2018-07-23T20:00:10+00:00August 1st, 2018|Inspirational, Relationships|

By Stephanie Saline “And who will take care of your male?” my neighbor Margaret said. She’d crossed to my side of the street, and we were talking about her upcoming trip to Nantucket and mine to the north woods of Minnesota. “My what?” I said “Who will look after your male?” I thought I misheard her. “My WHAT?” She gestured towards our front porch, where Mark was laying on the outdoor couch. “Your male.” Surely, this older neighbor whose husband had died fifteen years ago wasn’t talking about who would take care of my own. I looked at her, utterly confused. [...]

Woman on the Street | Asking Strangers If They’re Okay

2018-05-01T19:42:22+00:00May 1st, 2018|Inspirational, Relationships|

by Stephanie Saline On my way home walking the dog, a woman in a sweatshirt, sarong, and slippers shuffled down the middle of a fairly busy road. She was older, and clutching folded clothes in her arms. She looked distressed and lost.   I should back up: we live in a neighborhood that is home to many refugees. Ten thousand people from other countries have resettled in our city over the last ten years, and many of them live in five hundred previously vacant houses in our neighborhood. Mostly, they come from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Central Africa, and Eritrea.   This makes for the not-so-uncommon sight of women, men, and kids going about their days, colorful sarongs or headscarves (or [...]

Three Habits to Nourish Your Soul and Enrich Your Life!

2018-04-27T17:43:45+00:00May 1st, 2018|Inspirational, Relationships|

by Maria Sylvester There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O Traveler, if you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that. ~Rumi So often, clients find their way to me for life coaching because of feeling overwhelmed or defeated by life. They long to feel vibrantly alive, inspired and reenergized. As the first order of the day, I always encourage them to consider establishing routines or habits that are soul-nourishing, life-affirming, and energy-inducing. A habit, I remind them, is defined [...]

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Baby…

2018-03-27T19:40:38+00:00March 8th, 2018|Parenting, Relationships|

by Randi Rubenstein Seventeen years ago I turned to my husband and declared, “We are either hiring a marriage counselor or taking a parenting class.” My sweet husband of four years looked at me like I was crazy at the time. Now I think even he would admit that it was one of the defining moments of our life together.    To back up a sec: you see, our lives had been on autopilot, and I’m not really an autopilot sort of gal. We dated for two years, and then he popped the big question. Typically, the next traditional step would have been engagement and then a joyous wedding a year [...]

Your Heart Knows. Follow Your Intuition!

2018-03-27T19:40:55+00:00March 6th, 2018|Inspirational, Relationships|

by Maria Sylvester Listen to your inner voice…for it is a deep and powerful source of wisdom, beauty, and truth, ever flowing through you. Learn to trust it, trust your intuition, and in good time, answers to all you seek to know will come, and the path will open before you.          ~ Caroline Joy Adams   Intuition exists as a constant presence inside of you. One must be present for this presence! Just like breathing, your intuition has a life force that is pure and unstoppable. Just how often do you give credence to the rich inner wisdom your intuition is laying out for you?   I love [...]

How do we heal from sexual assault?

2018-03-27T19:41:01+00:00March 6th, 2018|Health, Inspirational, Parenting, Relationships|

by Morella Devost, EdM, MA Since October, we’ve been both witnesses and participants in a historic set of events. Investigative journalism blew the lid off the open secret that the media world is rife with harassment. #metoo became an avalanche of voices speaking of the enormity of the issue of abuse everywhere. Moguls were toppled.    All of this has initiated two important trends: awareness and accountability.    From an awareness perspective, an enormous spotlight has been shone on the issue. The testimony of hundreds of gymnasts in particular made irrevocably clear that the problem lies not just on the perpetrator, but on the environments that made it possible for them to be systematically abused. The problem is cultural and systemic.  We are also seeing accountability and justice like we’ve never seen before. [...]

Journey Of A Lifetime

2018-02-25T16:02:43+00:00January 31st, 2018|Relationships|

Have you ever considered how relationships offer us endless opportunities to travel extensively, experiencing inner and outer landscapes far beyond what we can even imagine at the onset? Connecting with another human being, regardless of whether they are new to us or known, has one instantly embarking on roads that can be smooth, exciting, and richly meaningful, or bumpy, filled with potholes, detours, and unexpected turns.A challenge we often face navigating the world at large, as well as the world of relationships, is that of managing expectations. When sight-seeing while traveling, for instance, if you can keep expectations at bay, you are more [...]

Real Change Happens In Real Relationships

2018-01-31T14:44:48+00:00January 31st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Inspirational, Relationships|

How One Woman is Changing Her Community from Her Corporate Desk by Kristen Domingue When we spoke to Praveena Ramaswami, lead of Community Relations at Toyota Motor North America Research & Development, we gained deeper insight into something you likely already know: relationships are everything. As Ramaswami, a super connector, “followed her bliss” — helping people and improving her community — she moved from a role with Toyota to a role as a community leader while she focused on raising her daughters, and then back into a role within Toyota that allows her to serve her community even more. Here’s how she did [...]

It’s a New Year! Why Not Redefine Your World?

2018-02-25T16:20:39+00:00January 7th, 2018|Relationships|

Redefining your world is an inside job. The word redefine is a verb which means “to give new definition to” or “to determine the essential quality of.” To redefine one’s world, you must begin by learning to embrace and honor yourself in new ways. As you master the art of honoring yourself, you move into living and expressing your essence. The results are magical and life-transforming. Your vibration rises, your energy increases, and your world changes! HONOR YOUR DAYDREAMS As a Life Coach, I guide clients through a growth process that allows them to get to the heart of what matters to them. [...]

Celebrating You

2018-02-25T16:29:59+00:00December 6th, 2017|Relationships|

I am so excited to have been invited to be the author of this column on Relationships in The Brick Magazine. The truth is there is POWER in our relationships! Our ability to connect, create, and contribute in all areas of our lives is dependent upon the quality of relationships we have, and the ways we cultivate and nurture them. Through my monthly articles, I’ll discuss all types of relationships and the nuances of each, hoping to bring an intriguing, unique tidbit or two into to your awareness for reflection. So here we go! With the holiday season upon us, a time of [...]