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Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

Marriage & Finances

By Dustin | Finances & Careers

Money and Careers

Do you and your spouse or fiance ever have disagreements about your finances? Of course you do. It is only natural that we would have some differences of opinion regarding our spending decisions, especially when you are combining households and dealing with all of the other life changes that accompany marriage.

However, it is important to recognize that money fights and financial difficulties are widely regarded to be one of the leading causes of marriage problems and are often cited as a main reason for divorce.

It is vitally important that your marriage include a solid financial plan! The good news is that it is actually pretty easy to make smart decisions about money and set your marriage up for financial success. This is one of my favorite topics, so you can look forward to plenty of information about having a great career, buying a home, budgeting, becoming debt free, investing, giving, retirement savings, planning for college funds, buying a car, spending wisely, increasing your income and much more.

I have read many great (and not so great) books and free online articles on these subjects, and I love checking out useful forums and podcasts. So you can also expect some honest reviews that cut through the B.S. and show you where you can find the best tools to master this important aspect of your marriage.

Stay tuned for tons of useful posts that will give you the knowledge and resources you need to have a “million-dollar marriage”!

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The Big Issues Facing a New Marriage

By Dustin | General

New Marriage Advice

For many couples, it may be hard to imagine a more stressful time than those that we must face in our last years as poor single souls. Not only are you dealing with inconsiderate roommates, final exams, part-time work and the need to juggle a variety of critical social activities (sports, parties, beer drinking, movie watching, video games, etc.), you also have to plan the most romantic wedding proposal in history (for the guys) or the grandest wedding ceremony and reception ever celebrated in Western civilization.

Let’s not even talk about the trials of selecting the perfect wedding dress or honeymoon location, and don’t even mention the matrix that has to be evaluated to pick the right wedding attendants. And who can find a quality wedding photographer and a worthy cake decorator with a mere two years of notice? Talk about stress!

I’ll bet that those with a few years of marriage under your belt probably read these two paragraphs with a guilty grin. At the time, these seemed like real problems that demanded our full mental and emotional capacities. If we can only get through the wedding day and rock the honeymoon, life will be practically stress-free.

Not so much. Married life is awesome and lacks comparison to any life event for the sustained joy it brings (save perhaps the birth of your own children, but we’ll get to that). However, marriage brings about a LOT of new stressors and critical issues that you must deal with as a new couple.

Money, Careers, Sex & Family Planning, Household Management, Communication, Romance, Children, Individual Fulfillment, Spirituality. Yeah, these are kind of a big deal. Fortunately, if you are reading this, you have found what is emerging as a valuable resource to guide you from marriage preparation through those critical first several years of your marriage. Stick with Engaged Marriage as we address these issues and many others, and together we will try to get this whole awesome marriage thing figured out.

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Welcome to Engaged Marriage!

By Dustin | General

Some marriage humor

From marriage preparation to life with a full family of your own, the mission of Engaged Marriage is to provide candid and practical marriage advice for today’s active couples. I am psyched to bring this content to the world through what I hope will be an interactive and valuable resource for couples at all stages of marriage.

With more than eight years of (mostly) wedded bliss under my own belt and a diverse set of trials experienced with friends and family, I feel like I have some real-world experience to offer. Throw in several years as an instructor in formal marriage preparation classes and the role of confidant to some close friends struggling with their relationships, and I am about as close to an actual expert as you may get from a normal guy living the same circumstances in his own life.

In particular, I hope the advice, tips and discussions that you find at Engaged Marriage will inspire and instruct you to become fully engaged in your own marriage. My wife and I have shared the life of a struggling young couple and lived to tell about it.

Now I am excited to tell you about it and provide you with tools and a constant source of information to help you make your marriage awesome!

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