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Secrets of the Marriage Mouse meets Wabi Sabi Love

In 1998 I became single after being married for 24 years.  To say my life took a serious U-turn would be an understatement.  At first, I told all my girlfriends I would never date again.  That phase lasted about 6 months. 
I spent the next 12 years doing research into the entire dating process for “women of a certain age”.  I learned so much, enjoyed my research, and my new foray into dating.  However, I went home alone each night and knew that my heart yearned to share my life, my home, and my love with a Forever Love. 
I went happily about my life.  I had started a toy manufacturing company in the early 1980’s and my work was extremely satisfying and kept me busy. I traveled extensively for both work and for pleasure.  I had great friends all over the world.  I was very involved in my two grown children’s lives. 
I also found that the longer I was single, the more “single” I became mentally.  I became very used to having my life “my way”.  Many women I talk to also experience this very self reliant confidence.  Sharing our lives, our homes, our friends and families with a new man becomes more and more challenging.  We seem to be less and less willing to compromise.
However, deep down under all the success-driven confidence, I knew I still wanted to have a strong, trustworthy, loving, generous, thoughtful man in my life.  I did know, without question, that I was not willing to settle for less than all I had written on my Wish List in calling my Forever Love into my life.
On September 6, 2007, in the most unusual place, in the most unexpected way I met the man who was to become my Forever Love and my husband.  I have written a book, Secrets of the Marriage Mouse, which details our wonderful meeting as well as the results of my in-depth relationship research and the proven and money-back guaranteed method each of you can use to also find your Forever Love. 
During and since the writing of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse, I continue to study relationships and read everything I can get my hands on so I can offer my readers the best and newest thought on the never-ending quest for Finding Forever Love.
My search for the latest and greatest led me to Wabi Sabi Love, written by Arielle Ford.  This sweet little book had been patiently waiting on the upper corner of my desk for me to find the time to read it. 
Well, that time came about 3 weeks ago.  I took this book with me to Pura Vida, my health club, and started to read it on the treadmill every day.  I had a pencil tucked behind my ear so I could mark sections that were particularly resonating with me.  Can you even imagine the visual…this driven lady on a treadmill with her pencil at the ready and a book in front of her as she is walking/jogging through her exercise routine?? I received more than a few unusual glances and winks.
And did I ever find a book full of treasures!!  I truly did love Arielle’s writing.  As I read this book, I knew it was a perfect follow up to my book.  My book helps “women of a certain” age find their Forever Love, and Wabi Sabi Love will help those women maintain, grow, deepen, and truly melt into a love to last a life time.  
I had my first Wabi Sabi love experience with Ted last night as we were relaxing and watching some TV.  He was switching between two channels – not too fast – but just when the mood struck him.  There was a segment I was interested in and just as it was getting good…yep…he flipped the channel to something else.  For a moment, I was going to say something and then Arielle’s writing came into my head and my heart.

In that instant, I was grateful to have Ted in my life, sitting beside me, cuddling up, being together.  In that moment, it no longer mattered what was on TV.  For 15 years I watched TV by myself and always wanted a Forever Love by my side.  And now he is here with me each and every day. 

Suddenly, I didn’t care what was on television.  I was lost in my thoughts of how precious, loving, thoughtful, trustworthy, generous, funny, sexy, Ted is.  Wabi Sabi Love…right here in my own life…Wabi Sabi Love!!   

Thank you for such a generous book, Arielle.  I can’t recommend it highly enough. 
Today and every day, I’m grateful for so much – it can’t be contained.  Each and every night when we go to bed, Ted and I tell each other several things for which we are grateful.  It’s always fun to hear what the other will say and this little ritual keeps us up-to-day with what our partner is experiencing in their lives. 
I’m so grateful for the new friends my book launch has brought into my life; friends like Arielle Ford.  Each one of you, in your own special way, open my eyes, my mind, and my heart to new possibilities.  Life is such a wonderful revolving door.  I’m glad I’m on the ride with you.
I’d love to hear back from any of you after you read Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and Wabi Sabi Love.  They are powerful books and they can make a difference in your lives…the difference you seek.

Arielle, your writing switched my thinking in an instant today and isn’t that what we hope our books accomplish?

Secrets of the Marriage Mouse ~ 
Find Your Forever Love in 4 Proven Steps
#1 Best Seller ~ Marriage
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Are you Willing??

Willingness is an all-important ingredient for making your way through tough times.

Are you willing to do what you believe you cannot?

Are you acknowledging what you’ve avoided?

This is painful, you bet! But if you are unwilling to see things – and people – as they are, you can’t deal with problems. And, one thing I know for sure; that which you avoid will not get better.

So, dig in and be willing to take the tough steps. It will be worth it in the end.

It’s All About Relationships

– and knowing how to market your relationship!

Marcia Reece, the marketing genius of Sidewalk Chalk, is the #1 Bestselling author of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and The Ultimate Online Media Directory. She serves as the founder of Aspen Support Group. Her books are available on her website at www.marciareece.com or on Amazon.com

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Patience is…

Patience is the ability to accept and tolerate difficulty without anger or sorrow. It’s your lifeline when you find yourself in the midst of a hard time.

In the same way we are unable to rush the sunrise or the changing of seasons, we can’t force ourselves through tough spots. We need to allow ourselves to take the time to learn, to heal, and to grow.

Patience makes difficulties pass as gently as possible.  Patience is a virtue but it is a hard one to accept, usually when we need it most.

It’s All About Relationships

– and knowing how to market your relationship!

Marcia Reece, the marketing genius of Sidewalk Chalk, is the #1 Bestselling author of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and The Ultimate Online Media Directory. She serves as the founder of Aspen Support Group. Her books are available on her website at www.marciareece.com or on Amazon.com

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Knowing it’s Over is Never Easy

It’s not about giving up or bowing down. It’s about holding on to the knowledge that something bigger and more powerful than you is at work beneath the surface of your experience, and that it will take you exactly where you need to be.

Now, in hard times, surrendering is probably the greatest challenge you will encounter because it is hard to accept uncertainty. But that’s the point. You don’t know what’s to come but you must know that whatever happens, you will be okay.

It has been when I have struggled the hardest to not let go that the greatest blessings of my life have come into play once I did let go.

Take a deep look; maybe it’s time you let go and let real blessings flow into your life.

It’s All About Relationships

– and knowing how to market your relationship!

Marcia Reece, the marketing genius of Sidewalk Chalk, is the #1 Bestselling author of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and The Ultimate Online Media Directory. She serves as the founder of Aspen Support Group. Her books are available on her website at www.marciareece.com or on Amazon.com

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Trust and Faith

Very often people confuse trust and faith, but they are very different.

Trust is the belief you can get through anything.

Faith is the energy that grows from that trust, helping you carry on until these do get better. You can’t have faith without trust.

Some recent disappointing medical results once again has called my trust and faith into play. Thankfully, they are intact in my belief system and I’m leaning on them right now big time.

What has happened in your life that caused you to look again to your trust and faith?

It’s All About Relationships

– and knowing how to market your relationship!

Marcia Reece, the marketing genius of Sidewalk Chalk, is the #1 Bestselling author of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and The Ultimate Online Media Directory. She serves as the founder of Aspen Support Group. Her books are available on her website at www.marciareece.com or on Amazon.com

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Get the Message

Life sends us messages all the time. When we don’t hear the message, we get a lesson.

If we don’t learn the lesson, we then get a problem.

And if we don’t handle the problem, we get a full-blown crisis.

Get The Message.

What’s one recent time when you didn’t want to hear the message and it became a crisis?

This happens so often in relationships when we know something is not going well but we believe somehow it will become ok. Rarely does this happen. Take steps now to turn your ship around and head it in the direction you desire in your life.

It’s All About Relationships

– truly everything is!

Marcia Reece, the inventor of Sidewalk Chalk, is the #1 Bestselling author of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and The Ultimate Online Media Directory. She serves as the founder of Aspen Support Group. Her latest book is available on her website at www.marciareece.com or on Amazon.com

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You can become a Human Relations Expert; here’s a start

Building relationships means everything to me; whether business or personal. Today, is June 1 and it seems fitting to turn to the personal side of relationships.

Over and over again I am asked how to find a Forever Love. You know that kind of love that makes you smile just to be alive. The book I wrote on the subject became a #1 bestseller so I feel I can offer some input.

Really it’s all about becoming a human relations expert. If you can’t get along with people in general, how can you expect to attract your special Forever Love.

Some simple tips to start your relationship journey are as basic as it gets:

  • Smile – it’s simply the best way to put anyone at ease.
  • Act and behave in a friendly way – don’t go overboard but keep the walls down.
  • In early stage relationships, let the other person do most of the talking – you’ll learn a lot.
  • Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. You might feel their “pinch”.
  • Look at life from their perspective – we all have had experiences which have shaped our lives.

These are truly basic concepts and they are brilliant. Too many people miss the simple stuff! They try to over complicate the obvious.

Remember to check your tongue at the door. It’s hard to do sometimes because in this quicker than quick world we live in, we all fire off quick replies.

No matter how far along you are in any relationship, be careful to not criticize. By criticizing, we do not make lasting changes and most often incur resentment.

“As much as we thirst for approval, we dread condemnation.”

Criticism is the quickest way to stop a relationship dead in its tracks. Rather than criticize, ask questions to help you clarify the situation. Asking questions will give you time to delve deeper into the potential relationship in a productive manner.

How much more can you accomplish if you decide to look for the good in everybody? You may not want to continue in a relationship, but you can leave the relationship and the folks in it in a healthy situation.

If you found this post useful, please forward to 5 people you know would benefit from this post. I invite your comments as we all learn so much more from each other.

It’s All About Relationships

– truly everything is!

Marcia Reece, the inventor of Sidewalk Chalk, is the #1 Bestselling author of Secrets of the Marriage Mouse and The Ultimate Online Media Directory. She serves as the founder of Aspen Support Group. Her latest book is available on her website at www.marciareece.com or on Amazon.com

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