My parents have been married for 54 years and their life has been a journey. They were both raised in Irish Catholics homes with 12 siblings each. My parents were married when they were twenty and after raising a family of seven in Manchester they went on another journey and moved us all to Australia to live.
In this day and age of divorce is on the rise, relationships breakdown quickly and people are searching for love but just don't know how to appreciate love and really offer love from their hearts. Society has forgotten what commitment means. Many are scared of true deep intimacy and allowing their partner to really see them, their fears, desires and dreams.
What I learnt from my parents is commitment, loyalty and respect and also the importance of enjoying life and having fun. Raising a family on the other side of the world away from their family and friends in a small town in Tasmania must have been a culture shock for them. But through out it all they stayed together and were committed to their relationships, through the difficult and hard times.
Despite all that my parents gave me growing up, I never really understood relationships, it's something that isn't discussed in school. When I reflect on my twenties my relationships were short lived. I was lonely and felt didn't know who I was or how I was meant to act in relationships.
I loved growing up in Tasmania and am very grateful the experiences and childhood I had - hopping on my bike and riding off into the bush to explore, playing cricket on the beach with my family and family friends and BBQs. But my heart longed for adventure and I set off to travel the world. India, Indonesia, Africa, Egypt, UK, Turkey and Morocco, and along the way I connected with me.
My journey, my experiences and past relationship issues actually gave me understanding and ability to change how I was in the relationship and give me courage and strength to change and learn new skills. Life is a constant journey and both individuality and as a couple we are always changing and evolving.
Commitment in relationship is essential to a successful relationship. Your commitment in your relationship is through your thoughts, actions, behaviours and love for each other.
At the Heart of Relationships Couple Counselling programme we are passionate about helping couples to overcome their relationship problems and teach them the skills that they need for their relationship to succeed.
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THE RELATIONSHIP EXPERTS International Relationship Experts John Donlon and Linda Connors have over 30 experience between them. They offer powerful and life changing relationship couple counselling and personal development programmes. They work with individuals and couples in the UK, America, Europe and Australia. If you are in relationship crisis are ready to take the first step into saving your relationship you can contact us on 0800 024 86 47.
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