16 January 2015

What Every Marriage Needs

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By Ashley McIlwain
Whether you have been married for one day or for a century, there is one universal truth. You will always and forever have to continue to work at your marriage.
Often times we assume that there is a point and time in the life of a marriage where you …

30 December 2014

Tis the Season … for Making a Difference

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More than ever I am acutely aware of the importance of marriage. Daily I see the impact of failing marriages with my clients. It’s the wife who is struggling with depression and anxiety because she desperately wants to feel loved by her husband. It’s the husband who is battling sexual …

31 October 2014

Maintaining Your Marriage Amidst the Chaos

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By Ashley McIlwain
Work … make dinner … laundry … dishes … work … get groceries … run to the post office … church … coffee with a friend … dinner with friends … work … clean the house … tackle house project … call my family … work … networking …

2 September 2014

When We’ve Hurt Someone

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By Ashley McIlwain
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. –Ephesians 4:31-32
If there is one guarantee in relationships, it is …

17 July 2014

Marriages are Boring, Affairs are Fun

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By Ashley McIlwain

Marriages are boring, affairs are fun!
That’s what the spam email said that was sitting in my inbox staring at me candidly and shamelessly. My heart ached as I saw the words beseeching me to believe their ridiculous claim. Unapologetically this lie dared to even show its ugly face. …

19 June 2014

The Marital Alarm System

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By Ashley McIlwain
We lock our doors. We install high-tech alarm systems. We fasten our seat belts. We wear helmets. We look both ways before crossing the street. We use anti-virus software. We buy guns. We use antibacterial soap.
The truth is, we want to feel safe, so we do everything we …

3 June 2014

Now Seeing Clients!

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One of my deepest passions has always been working with clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  So I am happy to announce that I have partnered with LifeCare Counseling and Coaching in Raleigh, NC to start seeing clients again!  There really are no words to express how excited and …

12 May 2014

Unite and Conquer

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By Ashley McIlwain
We’ve all heard the saying “divide and conquer.” Quite frankly, that’s how most of us survive our days, right? You have your responsibilities and tasks to handle, and your spouse has his or hers. That’s how you manage to keep the boat afloat. That’s how my husband and …

30 April 2014

BUSY

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By Ashley McIlwain
As I get older, I’m realizing that life seems to only get busier and busier. The list of to dos grows longer and longer no matter how many things I cross off. Like a ball of snow down a steep mountain, the pressures of life grow bigger and …

24 April 2014

5 Keys to Better Communication

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By Ashley McIlwain
Communication. We are all communicating all of the time. Whether with words, body language, sound effects, or the lack thereof, we are constantly communicating something to those around us. Communication can build relationships or they can destroy relationships depending on how we communicate, what we communicate, and our …

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