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Getting Married? Ask These Questions to Ensure an Epic Life Together!

Robyn D'Angelo

Hi, Robyn D'Angelo here, The Happy Couple Expert. And, guess what's coming up? Wedding Season! (As if some of you didn't already know that!)

So, in the spirit of wedding season approaching, I wanted to talk to all of you who are either engaged, looking to get engaged, or thinking about marriage at all, because when I work with couples and I'm doing premarital coaching there are four different areas that I sit down with them and get them talking about because in order to have an EPIC relationship post wedding, you've got to be doing the work before, during, and after the wedding. 

So, let me tell you about those four different areas: finances, career, love, and social life. 

What happens is, if you guys aren't talking about different aspects of each of these and you get married, then all of the sudden, it feels even heavier when you have an issue.  I'll give an example of some of the things that I do when couples work with me for premarital coaching.  I have different questions that I Iike to go through and ask. 

So, let's say for money, "How do you set boundaries around the requirements of your job and do you equate earnings with success?"  Something to think about. 

With love, here is a great question: "How is this relationship different from those didn't work out?" Get the conversation going.  What it does is, it actually highlights what's really special and EPIC about this relationship. 

Here's an example for a work question: "What are your expectations for your partners career and success and then how does his or her level of ambition differ from yours?"  Again, having these conversations, negotiating these, talking about this. 

And then lastly, social life: "Describe how your picture of your day to day life will look together."  Again, these are things that may seem kind of light, some of them may seem kind of heavy, but if you're not talking about them, there is going to be a big disconnect.

What we do in premarital coaching is I help facilitate these conversations between you and your partner. 

So, there you have it- four different areas that you should be talking about with your partner and if you need help facilitating that conversation, I'd love to be that person for you.  Feel free to reach out. You can send me an email at robyn@TheHappyCoupleExpert.com or comment below and let's chat! And here's to wishing you a happy and EPIC life together!  Talk to you soon!

Relationship Rehab with Robyn: Making Time to Be Married

Emily Porta

How are you making time for this today?

I want to ask you something.  I want to know, how are you making time to be married today?  We make time to do all sorts of things every single day.  We make time to be parents.  We make time to be employees, show up to work.  We make time to get down on the ground and, you know, play with our dogs or our cats.  We make time to do so many things throughout our day, but do you actually make the effort to be married?  And this can look like so many different things, but I just want to tell you a story that really inspired me to make this video today.  See if this can inspire you as well.  Everyday I see a couple from my window in my office walk up and down this short little block holding hands.  They stop at the corner, give each other a little kiss, turn and walk to the end, kiss and part.  And I was watching this for months and I thought, I have to ask them what's their deal?  What's their story?  And I did, and I ran out there and said "Oh, nice to meet you.  This is who I am and you're so inspiring.  What's your story?"  They work for the same company that got split into two different buildings and they wanted to make it a point to connect everyday, to not lose that interaction that they have when they're in the same office.  Now, you may not be able to do that with your partner, but you can make it a point to show up and be married.  How are you doing that today?  I want to hear from you.  Leave a comment below or just reach out to me at robyn@counselinglagunahills.com.