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Jen Steil
Gratitude works!
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Relationship conflict is inevitable.  It's all in the Repair, according to the Gottmans .  On this historic day, Inauguration Day, it's helpful to review how a little bit of self-awareness can reduce conflict and and improve relationships:

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Hasta Luego, San Juan
So long, San Juan.  You've been a great time.  You were easy, inexpensive, interesting, and convenient.   It was easy to find you, passports are not required, the USD is a universal language, and English/Spanglish freely spoken everywhere. Puerto Rico   is ...

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El Viejo San Juan, on a Sunday
Yes Old San Juan consists mostly of Spanish colonial buildings. There's a lot of history going on around here! We found our way to old town via a 3 mile easy stroll on Sunday morning.  We were feeling a bit hungry and stopped by CB - Cafe Berlin.  Their ser...

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Sunsational Saturday
Another day for the books!  We headed north on a 5+ mile run and saw a grittier San Juan, which we actually really enjoyed seeing (nothing scary, just local living).  The afternoon found us trying out this whole relaxing and reading thing again.  We're gett...

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Rich Port: A History Lesson
We're so happy to be here!  The Condado Vanderbilt is so upscale, it's crazy!  Usually if hotel personnel greet us outside the main lobby, as they did last summer in Milwaukee, it's to shoo us down the street.  Here, we were welcomed with warm greetings, an...

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Rich Port: A History Lesson
We're so happy to be here!  The Condado Vanderbilt is so upscale, it's crazy!  Usually if hotel personnel greet us outside the main lobby, as they did last summer in Milwaukee, it's to shoo us down the street.  Here, we were welcomed with warm greetings, an...

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When we attended a Gottman workshop last summer, we learned that relationship conflict is inevitable (if you don't have any conflict, are you even engaged or sharing your true feelings?).  It's what you DO after the initial conflict that can set the tone fo...

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Home Court Advantage
Happy Holidays! My eye caught an inbox article on how to maintain weight during the holidays...many interesting tips, such as:  instead of declaring "I won't eat any cookies during the holidays!" you might decide "I won't eat any cookies today!"  It's basic...

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Privacy? Or Secrecy? Oh Please!
There's a big difference between privacy and secrecy and ancient conversations about how even married people deserve their right to privacy.  And yes, yes, we do! Privacy is what you might want somewhere in your house, say maybe when you are trying on a pai...

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Love Maps
We spent the last two days of July in Seattle, at a Gottman workshop called " The Art and Science of Love ".  Their marketing blurb included a comment about helping distressed marriages get better and helping good marriages get great. I'm going to start at ...
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