For Better . . .

Like Dawn and I when you got married you probably recited the traditional marriage vows including taking each other ‘for better or worse, in sickness and in health’. And whether you are married or just entering a committed long relationship  it is generally understood that you will stand by each other and love one another in the good times as well as the bad. And of course, in the beginning you are immersed in the the bliss and the joy that you expect to endure whatever life throws at you. You are wrapped up in the rapture and craziness of ‘love’ and confidence in the road ahead with our your soulmate, your best friend, your forever partner.

Little did you know, no matter how mature you were or thought you were, just how smooth or rough the road would be. Sure there are some predictors of a relationship’s chances of success but we can never know for sure.

So what do we do. Sometimes circumstances get unbearable and choices are limited and ultimately there is nothing short of having to let go, give up. But, and this is a very large but (no pun intended), no matter how little or seemingly insurmountable the challenges in most cases relationships can be saved, improved and even enhanced beyond expectations.

Does this sound familiar, are you dealing with:

  • Constant disagreements in general

  • Financial problems

  • Depression or Illness

  • Issues related to COVID 19

  • Drug or alcohol issues

  • Immediate or extended family friction (family feuds)

  • Issues surrounding separation or divorce

  • Emotional or intimacy disconnect

  • Job/career transitions

  • Some combination any, or all of the above

or just wanting to take your relationship from okay or good, to great


So here we are. John & Dawn Sanders, professional life and relationship coaches. What qualified us to be relationship coaches? Besides being trained and certified coaches we have the ‘school of hard knocks’ credentials including:

  • Both married too young and having children, then dealing with the trials and tribulations of divorce.

  • Then finding each other and getting married (going on 33 years and counting)

  • Having a blended family including two of our own (six children total)

  • Dealing (successfully for the most part) with all of normal, and at times abnormal, situations that come with raising a large blended family, like expenses, career choices, illnesses, broken bones, broken hearts, loss of loved ones and so much more.

  • We are the ones that family and friends, acquaintances and colleagues would come to for advice, help and just to open up to as a sounding board or shoulder to lean on.


By utilizing an empathetic but direct style, developing trust through honest questions and conversation, the use of effective assessment tools and incorporating just the right dose of transparency and touch of humor we can help you explore the possibilities and potential of your relationship. Good relationships make you happier and healthier, period.

There is no quick fix to developing and maintaining strong healthy relationships, it’s a journey. A journey worth committing to and worth working at.

What does relationship coaching look like?

As each relationship is unique, so are the coaching sessions. Typically to start we will meet as a group to assess where you are, and what your goals are for your relationship. From there we will do one on one coaching to go deeper, and then at some point we will reconnect as a team to work together as a group.

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