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I am a relationship trainer, blogger, and author. My blog uses humor in marriage cartoons and practical, real-life examples to navigate through some of the challenges inherent in every long-term relationship. Since 2002 I have helped transform hundreds of relationships, including my own. And I can help yours, too. Read more here.

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The latest blogs…

Loving For Keeps marriage cartoon – how to save a relationship: generosity

Does a Beautiful Partner Increase or Decrease Your Odds of Having a Successful Relationship?

What makes your partner attractive to you? Is it really his or her physical beauty? The media keep telling us that attraction is about being young, thin, in good shape, etc. We think that we have to look a certain way in order to be sexy and our partner does, too. But, most of us don’t fit the criteria. Since we don’t meet the beauty requirements, does that mean we can’t have a thriving long-term relationship?

Some Ways To Revolutionize Romance

Relationships, especially long-term ones, always need infusions of out-of-the-ordinary. When my students ask me what they can do, I tell them to use their creative imagination, but sometimes they want some suggestions to jumpstart the process.

Loving For Keeps marriage cartoon – how to save a relationship: you were ignoring me

Is It Important What You Call Your Partner?

What’s in a name? Does it really matter how you refer to the person with whom you’re having sex and creating a life together? In the English language we don’t have any adequate words. They all fall short, even the ubiquitous word partner.

Loving For Keeps marriage cartoon – how to save our relationship: male boldness

Infuse Love With Power and Power With Love

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental and anemic.” The ideal is empowered love. So how can you enjoy the synergy of the two in your relationship?

How Not To Be Single

The perennial question for singles is — “How can I meet Mr. or Ms. Right if I can’t even get a date?” Singles of all ages are sick and tired of online dating sites. According to my eighty-year-old friend who has been married and single on and off throughout her life, the most important advice is to be proactive. What does that mean? Read her suggestions here.

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