Laura Doyle

Warmest Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a Surrendered New Year!

With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much you’ve contributed to my life this year. I want to express my sincerest gratitude to all of the amazing women that have become part of the Surrendered community over the past year, and thank you for the wonderful, heartwarming, and inspiring stories that you have shared with me and my team here at Laura Doyle...
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How To Be Vulnerable In A Relationship

Your Scary, Beautiful, Tender Side Brene`Brown writes: “Rather than deny our vulnerability, we lean into both the beauty and agony of our shared humanity. Choosing courage does not mean that we’re unafraid, it means that we are brave enough to love despite the fear and uncertainty.” Why is it so difficult to be vulnerable in a relationship? Perhaps it’s because we mistake being...
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The Art of Self-Care By Megan Askew

As a stay at home mom of two children, I am pretty good at putting them first and myself last. It seemed that being the best mom and wife were, at one time, my only priorities. I lived for my children and my husband, my entire life revolved around them for over ten years. It wasn’t until I stopped homeschooling and both of my children were in school that I realized how seldom I thought about...
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The First Duty Of Love Is To Listen By Laura Doyle

Listening to someone you love without offering advice can be hard— especially when that person is your husband blowing off steam or talking about his dreams. You might feel anxiety hearing him talk angrily about what he’s going to say to his boss, or bragging about how fast he would drive the car on the open road with no one around. The temptation to tell him what to do can be strong....
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A Second Chance at Love By Darlene Davis

Have you ever felt like you’ve been given a second chance at something? Or have you found yourself wishing that you could have another chance at something that has been left unresolved or incomplete in your life? In 2000, I was blessed with a second chance. A “do-over” with my first love and the father of our only child. We had been apart for almost 20 years and in that...
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How To Hold Your Tongue Without Biting it Off! By Julie Dyess

Have you ever met an attorney that didn’t love to argue? Me neither! Surprisingly, this is not always the best tool to use in a marriage. Even after this realization, I found myself struggling to hold my tongue- without biting it off! When my first marriage ended, it left me crushed. After a few years of damage repair, dating, and personal growth, I met and married my second husband. We were...
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How Little Changes Can Make a Big Impact By Shazia Ali

Not long ago, my marriage was in a rut. Maybe you can relate? There was a deep sense of disconnect between my husband and me, like ships passing in the night. The connection that we once shared was fading and I lived in fear of divorce. I blamed everything around me for the problems in our marriage. I blamed my husband for not giving me the time or attention that I felt I needed. I blamed his...
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An Unexpected Journey By Gladys Diaz

My journey as a Surrendered Wife began quite unexpectedly. When my sister and her group of single women asked me to be their ‘married mentor’ and coach, initially I was hesitant. This group of women wanted me to help teach them what it was to be a married woman and how they could have the same kind of relationship. But I was not in the best place in my marriage. We were not on the verge of...
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How to Recognize Your Dream Guy By Katherine Wong-Velasco

Have you ever found yourself measuring your boyfriend against a pre-determined list of things that he must conform to in order to be “The One”? Perhaps he needs to have a specific profession or income level. Or maybe fit a preferred look or type physically. Maybe he needs to have a certain education for him to appeal to you. I can relate! For many years, I only dated men who met certain...
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Your Little-Girl Dreams By Tatianna Solibun

Did you fantasize about meeting your husband when you were growing up? I certainly did. Like so many little girls, I dreamed of meeting and falling in love with a wonderful man, but after seeing my parents go through a nasty divorce, I began to change my thinking. With all of the emotional trauma that my family and I went through, it was hard to think of marriage as anything but painful,...
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