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I'm an Indiana girl who started a small Etsy shop side hustle in college and grew it into a nationally recognized personal brand. I love writing, educating, and raising chickens with my husband. I'm here to help other multi-passionate, ambitious women (like you!) own their everyday and reach their potential, too!

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Managing Expectations in Your Relationship or Marriage

I could get grumpy or I could get creative.”

Not exactly the words you want running through your mind on your first Valentine’s Day as a new wife.

First off, if you’re reading this the day I’m posting, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY 2019, GIRLFRIEND.

I hope that your day is full of hearts and chocolate and pink balloons and all of your favorite desserts.

BUT. If your day is anything like mine was a couple years ago, the day may look a tad differently due to an unexpected turn of events.

Well, actually, let me rephrase.

The unexpected turn of events was more of an unmet expectation event – you know, the expectation that I didn’t exactly share with my husband.

Ugh.

You see, I just KNEW that since it was our first V-Day as a married couple that Matt was going to go ALL out for this day.

But as the morning turned into afternoon. And the afternoon turned to evening, my high, high hopes (cue Panic at the Disco song) began to dwindle when I didn’t hear from him about the surprise, over the top, glamorous plans for the evening I just knew he had in the works.

This was a very quick lesson learned in our marriage: Matt isn’t a mind reader (shocking, right?).

Sister, are you like me with these high expectations – left sitting in your head and heart – but not actually spoken out to your significant other? If so, this episode is here to put your mind at ease, and ultimately help strengthen your relationship in the process.

I’ve brought my hubby on for this one, just to make sure I painted an accurate picture of that hilarious V-Day (gotta pull him in to keep me straight sometimes 🙂 ).

Listen in to learn the four things you can do RIGHT NOW to make this the best, and most expectation managed Valentine’s Day yet.

And these principles don’t just apply to V-Day, sister. These are tips and tricks to carry you with into everyday situations with your man.

And don’t worry, the boys aren’t getting off too easily, either. While sometimes women need to manage their expectations, men also need to equally step up to the plate a bit by anticipating the needs of the relationship.

I can’t wait for you to hear our first (almost disastrous) V-Day as a married couple -while also learning some tangible tips on how to manage the hype around this holiday along the way.

After you listen, head on over to the Together Network or my Instagram and let me know YOUR worst or best V-day story. Let’s learn to take the pressure off and laugh at ourselves together, friend.

February 14, 2019

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