Better Together: Shopping Together.

Welcome to Better Together. The newsletter focused on showing you how amazing your marriage can be, and trying to help you get there. Each week we give you a brief glimpse into our lives and three potentially life-changing ideas to help you become a better partner. We hope that you will find this newsletter inspirational and practical.

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1. the Grant Study, a 75-year-long Harvard research project on human development

From Our Lives

This week we were at the mall shopping for Kelli.

She was getting a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.

Shopping is always a little bit of a struggle. There are so many choices, so many cute things, and even after one item is purchased we end up seeing something else and second guessing our earlier purchases.

Kelli takes me along to help her make less emotional purchases. The problem is that I love to see Kelli happy, and she gets so happy buying new things. As a result I am not always very good at helping her stick to her plans.

When it comes to clothes, we have found coming up with a plan ahead of time, and simply having far less clothes, has really helped us be less focused on shopping and more focused on all the other things we want to accomplish.

Eventually we prevailed. We came home with basically the set of clothes we had set out to buy. We helped each other stick to our original plan. This is really the whole point of “The Couple Project”. To help each other be better. To help each other grow and stay focused.

What We Have Been Reading

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”

— Charles R. Swindoll

“No matter how rich, talented, or educated you think you are, how you treat people says everything about you.”

— Jay Shetty

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”

— Stephen King

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Written and published by Nathan & Kelli.

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