Entries by John Daum

What to Do When You Think Your Spouse is Lazy

I was the lazy spouse. My wife’s idea of a “fun” Saturday is to rearrange the kitchen cabinets and make them more “efficient.” She is a self-confessed Type A perfectionist. She is goal-oriented, detail-conscious, and absolutely driven. She makes to-do lists, keeps detailed calendars, and if I ask her if she had a good day […]

5 Signs You Need Some Alone Time

“If we want to live a wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating rest and play, and we must work to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.” Brené Brown “I’m so exhausted and stressed out!” Is that a cry for help or a badge of honor? Sadly, […]

7 Signs You’re a Good Friend

Am I a good friend? That’s a great introspective, self-aware kinda question! To find the answer, you could do what any sensible person would do—take a bunch of online quizzes and see if the internet thinks you’re a good friend. (I was everything from a “BFF” to a “just-okay friend.”) OR you could ask yourself […]

Warning Signs of an Emotional Affair

Have you ever had a fight with your spouse as you were walking out the door to work and actually thought to yourself, “I can’t wait to get to work to talk with so-and-so because he/she is such a good listener and gets me.” This thought may feel completely harmless to you at first, but […]

5 Ways to Be More Present When Talking to Someone

Have you ever been in the presence of someone who was supposed to be listening to you and even though they’re looking you straight in the eyes, you 100% knew they were not really present with you? Not a very good feeling is it? There is really an art to being present and engaged with […]

How To Increase Communication In Your Home

How do you increase communication in your home and make sure everyone’s connected? When healthy communication is happening in the family, everyone feels connected and part of the same team. All the gears are synched up, your family is firing on all cylinders and is headed in the same direction. There are regular check-ins to […]

Is It Good To Fight In Marriage?

Here’s the thing, whether you’ve been married for five years or 50, you are still two unique people from different backgrounds with varied life experiences. Each of you has different ingrained likes and dislikes, unique communication styles and approaches to conflict, mismatched habits, and even tiny little quirks and idiosyncrasies. You’re two “I’s.” You are […]