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3 Empty-Nest Marriage Issues & How To Resolve Them

By Mary Ellen Goggin / February 19, 2024
Couple sitting in a nest hanging from a tree.

Navigating the quiet hallways of an empty nest can feel like a journey into uncharted territory for many couples. As children grow up and venture out to build their own lives, parents are left with a profound sense of change, often questioning what comes next for their marriage. This transition period, known as the “empty…

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How To Eliminate Stonewalling In A Relationship

By Mary Ellen Goggin / February 7, 2024
Man walking toward his stonewalling spouse in an effort to repair the rift in their relationship.

Stonewalling, a silent barrier to conversation, can stealthily infiltrate our most valued relationships, leading to feelings of isolation and misunderstanding. This defensive mechanism, while not uncommon, has the potential to significantly erode the trust and intimacy of your connections. Tackling stonewalling in a relationship goes beyond merely re-establishing communication—it’s about reinforcing a dedication to mutual…

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How to Choose Between an Unhappy Marriage and Divorce

By Mary Ellen Goggin / January 22, 2024
Woman standing at a crossroad in a corn field considering which direction to turn.

Deciding between staying in an unhappy marriage or stepping towards divorce is one of the most heart-wrenching crossroads many face. This decision involves a lot more than weighing pros and cons on a simple list. This decision necessitates navigating through a complex emotional labyrinth, where each turn represents deep-seated hopes, fears, and memories. In this…

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Why Marriage Communication Coaching Could Save Your Marriage

By Mary Ellen Goggin / January 9, 2024
Husband and wife happily cuddlng.

Communication is the lifeblood of marriage. When it’s done well, it keeps relationships vibrant and growing. Like dancers in a tango, partners must respond and lead in harmony. Achieving this synergy while life is happening is challenging – to say the least. Misunderstandings, missteps, and missed cues often lead to conflicts and emotional distance and,…

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How To Recognize & Resolve The Betrayed Spouse Cycle

By Mary Ellen Goggin / January 3, 2024
Crying woman sitting on the floor leaning against her bed & struggling with the betrayed spouse cycle.

In the quiet corners of a seemingly perfect marriage, the betrayed spouse cycle often lurks, unseen yet deeply felt by couples like Sarah and John. Both in their mid-40s and successful, they epitomize the suburban ideal, yet grapple with the aftershocks of John’s infidelity. This is a common tale. Research indicates many marriages face infidelity,…

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Between Love and Loneliness: Is a Sexless Marriage After 60 Inevitable?

By Mary Ellen Goggin / December 15, 2023
Older couple sitting on the bank of a river enjoying a glass of wine.

Wondering if a sexless marriage after 60 is just part of growing older? It’s a question many couples ask as they enter their golden years. But the idea that passion fades with age is more myth than reality. In this blog, we’ll unravel the complexities of love, sex, and intimacy after 60. You’ll discover that…

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Help Answering The Painful Thought “My Husband’s Low Self-Esteem Is Ruining Our Marriage”

By Mary Ellen Goggin / November 27, 2023
Unhappy man who's struggling with self-esteem looking directly into the camera.

Confronting the thought, “My husband’s low self-esteem is ruining our marriage,” can be a heart-wrenching realization. In many marriages, the ripple effects of one partner’s struggles with self-worth are profound, often leaving the other feeling insecure and as if they’re constantly walking on eggshells. This delicate balance affects not just the emotional harmony but also…

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My Husband’s Repeated Infidelity Is Ruining Our Marriage. Can He Change?

By Mary Ellen Goggin / November 13, 2023
Woman walking outside struggling with thoughts of her husband's repeated infidelity.

The discovery of a spouse’s infidelity is a gut-wrenching moment that shatters the trust foundational to any marriage. But when infidelity is not a one-time lapse in judgment, but a recurring wound, it can feel like an unending cycle of betrayal and despair. If you find yourself whispering the heart-heavy question, “Can my husband change…

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