Joanna@JoannaMeriwether.com

Category: relationships

a sunrise with plant shapes in shadow and the words "The Foundations of Respect" across the top

The Foundations of Respect

[Hi! I’m back- thanks for being patient with my time away!] Before I left for my break, I spoke with a couple of consult clients about the topic of basic respect in relationships. What behaviors constitute respect? What behaviors constitute disrespect? What does healthy fighting look like? I think it’s worth taking a look at…
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The One Thing I Want People To Know About Affairs

There is something I see online a lot about affairs and it drive me absolutely crazy. It is the sentiments that follow along this line: “Cheaters are selfish.” “Once a cheater, always a cheater.” “If they wanted to cheat, they should never have gotten married.” Here’s the one thing I want people to know about…
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Using Labels for Better Love

It was the second day of our honeymoon and I was sitting on a couch in the cabin we were at, curled up in his arms, crying my eyes out. “I don’t want to be your wiiiiiiiife….” I sobbed. “What are you talking about?” he asked. “I really, really don’t want to be your wife,”…
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a large green plant in a red planter with the words "Marriage is not a contract" across the middle

marriage is not a contract, it’s a topiary

Back in early August, I had a conversation with an Ethics professor, Ellen Stansell, and wrote a post about what she shared with me. We talked a lot about how the ethics of the culture most Americans and Western-society folks live in is quite limited. We talked about affairs (read the post) and about what…
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