The Day After Valentine’s Day

Scanning Facebook yesterday, were you overcome by the heady fragrance of roses co-mingling with prime rib and chocolate mousse? Yes? Except for my friend, Krista, whose daughter threw up and sent hubby’s plans skidding. Krista, there is hope! It may be delayed, but keep the faith!

In fact, sound the trumpet! Terri Orbuch, Ph.D. of the University of Michigan has just released a 25-year study on marital bliss. Imagine a bell curve that looks like a goblet. From the wedding and into the third year, you are honeymooning on the rim of the goblet. Then get ready for a downhill plummet until year 25. I can hear all the newlyweds sighing, “Thanks a lot—not!” Hang on because at the quarter century point the bell curve starts an upward climb increasing marital satisfaction with each passing year. Savor the thought!

Activation for the Day after Valentine’s Day: Focus on the party at the quarter century point. Begin now to plan your big party or a cruise or bicycling in Europe as Clark and I did. From there on enjoy the ride! It may take the first 25 to start the good life, but now it’s only 10 more Valentine’s Days until you are dancing once again on the rim of the goblet!

That’s when Dr. Orbuch announces—“Second Honeymoon!”

No clue what happens after 35—I’m guessing these honeymooners are too busy experiencing the Flourishing Life to be part of any study.

Hey honey—our 35th is coming on July 17, 2011. Got plans? Woot! Woot!

About Your Flourishing Life

As a child, Marlee Huber loved to ramble through gardens sampling juicy berries and delighting in the heady fragrance of roses. As an adult, she thrills at maintaining a country garden in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. Something happened in 2012 that changed everything for Marlee. She followed the love of her life as he bicycled across the continent from their home in the NW to his brother's home in the Virginia. Ninety days later she came home and has never been the same. After photographing the backroads and hamlets across America--all on auto, she came home and took an online photography course, read dozens of books on technique and vision and stepped out into a new career. Her passion is coaching young people to discover their brilliance. She calls it Life-Themes Coaching and during one nearly half-day session, she unpacks what makes you brilliant and one of a kind. Then she matches the discoveries with a photography session where she tells the story of your life with her camera. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother delighting in her flourishing family!
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