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Keeping your love tank full

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One Semester of Spanish Love Song

Maria & I moved to Barcelona in January of this year and she's been having her challenges with learning Spanish. I love her so much that I'll do anything to help her learn this language so that she can be even more social in the city of living. Knowing that Maria's primary love language is acts of service, and one of the qualities from her list was to make her laugh, I thought I get her some special help from a new style of… Continue

Added by JC Duarte on October 3, 2007 at 8:19pm — No Comments

I Drove All Night..

Last night I attended a networking event where my soon to be bride to be was one of the guest speakers. Let me just say that she was amazing, her presence magnificent, and just to ensure I'm not being biased (because obviously I am), the rest of the people I spoke with were very impressed! During the taxi ride home the song "I Drove All Night" (Cindy Lauper… Continue

Added by JC Duarte on October 3, 2007 at 10:25am — No Comments

Exit Strategy

In a reading regarding risk management,on the idea of resource commitment the authors quote George Bernard Shaw, "any fool can start a love affair, but it takes a genius to end one successfully".

Pretty interesting.

Added by O. Bradley on September 30, 2007 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

Boy meets girl..

I was recently asked by the Entrepreneurs Organization, to which I belong, to write a short article about

It's a different spin on the story that started this whole project, but it also gives you another perspective of why I feel it is so important to continue to communicate how simple it is to touch the hearts of our most loved ones.

"What did… Continue

Added by JC Duarte on September 18, 2007 at 11:23am — No Comments

Can your heart take good sex?

It's September 8th and I’ve just settled into my hotel room on the night before another Strategy in a Day session. Yeah, cause isn't my day job.. yet ;-)

I’m working my way through some e-mails with the TV in the background. I have to burst out into laughter as I overhear the TV commercial for Viagra announce their disclaimer; “don’t forget to ask your doctor if your heart is strong enough for sex”.

So what have… Continue

Added by JC Duarte on September 8, 2007 at 10:30am — No Comments

All you need is love?

So what’s more important.. love or money?

Well Maria & I were talking about this very subject on our car trip this weekend and we came to the conclusion that money can’t buy you love.. and I’m talking about the love you feel in your heart.. and not the girl standing on the corner.. but once you have love in your life, the money will follow.

It’s all in doing what you’re passionate about… Continue

Added by JC Duarte on September 5, 2007 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Were should an apology end?

I’m in the metro with Maria on our way to hire a car for a weekend adventure to the Costa Brava &…


Added by JC Duarte on September 5, 2007 at 3:15pm — No Comments

The Art Of Selfishness: It's Not What You Think

Achieving a harmonious balance between your work responsibilities and your personal life requires that you become selfish. That’s right, selfish. Stop frowning and wipe that look of disbelief from your face. Let’s look at this concept again starting by examining the word “selfish”…


Added by Krissy on August 31, 2007 at 10:12pm — No Comments

Men & their moms..

I recently listened to NY based physiotherapist Karen Stark talk

about, amongst other topics, men’s relationships with their mothers, and how it

affects the relationship they’ll have with their partners.

In part, I have to agree with her that a strong and close relationship with our mothers tends to manifest the same relationship with our…


Added by JC Duarte on August 31, 2007 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

Where do you belong?

Who do you belong to? Who belongs to you? It's not as much

about the possession, but about where you feel most comfortable. Where do you

belong? And who belongs by your side?

Do you ever get tired of walking alone? Have you ever felt the loneliest when you’re standing right next to someone who isn’t “the one”? So why do you keep doing it? Or better yet, what are you prepared to do about



Added by JC Duarte on August 26, 2007 at 1:49pm — No Comments

What are Love Languages?

Love Languages are the 5 basic emotional languages that we all have as human beings, and they speak directly to our hearts. No matter what else your partner does or says to you, when they’re speaking your primary love language, you are feeling overjoyed, appreciated and sincerely loved. When they’re not.. you’re not feeling the love!

The Five Love Languages or basic emotional languages, in no particular order, that we all have are:

  1. Touch
  2. Words of…

Added by JC Duarte on August 23, 2007 at 6:18pm — No Comments

What is a love tank?

Dr. Gary Chapman said it best when he phrased something along the lines of “think of your heart as the gasoline tank. If the gasoline tank in your car is empty are you going to get very far?” Well, your heart is like that! If you’re not feeling the love from your partner or prospective partner, your relationship… Continue

Added by JC Duarte on August 23, 2007 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Spring Cleaning Our Relationships


Added by Krissy on August 23, 2007 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Are we really asking too much?

In a brief conversation, a man, speaking to a woman, was out to pursue the question, “What kind of man are you looking for?”She sat quietly for a moment before looking him in the eye and asked, “Do you really want to…


Added by Krissy on August 23, 2007 at 7:31am — 1 Comment

Who’s in your Circle?

I was recently speaking with a coaching client about the

people that she surrounds herself with and how they affect her life. The

conclusion I was trying to validate is that if you’re selective with the

influences you allow into your life, you’ll significantly increase your odds of

living the Dream Life & Love you can imagine.

Following in the footsteps of…


Added by JC Duarte on August 22, 2007 at 12:36am — No Comments

Can you imagine not being happy?

My kids are in Barcelona for a brief 10 day vacation. I've been hard at work after having moved here in January and have only been able to see them 3 times in the last 8 months! I used to see them every other weekend, lately, I've had to settle for conversing practically everyday via messenger.

My eldest is 15 years old, my youngest is 10. They're going through different stages of their lives right now, both of them on their own journeys of self discovery. I want them to be happy, to… Continue

Added by JC Duarte on August 11, 2007 at 11:24pm — No Comments

The Love Journalist

Having recently read… Continue

Added by JC Duarte on August 6, 2007 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Better listening will get you everywhere..

I'm reading through "The Lost Art of Listening" and I come across the following statement; "Better listening doesn't start with a set of techniques. It… Continue

Added by JC Duarte on August 3, 2007 at 5:09pm — No Comments

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The Love Foundation; The Love Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring people to love unconditionally. Our vision is to assist people by building a practical foundation and understanding of love within individuals and society as a whole.
Tango Diva; Through travel, we gain a clearer vision of what it means to be a positive participant in this ever-shrinking world. Our mission is to equip women with tools that give them the confidence to travel alone. And once they experience the success of flying solo, then they can apply their newfound verve for adventure to their day-to-day lives. We become better people when we learn about the world and ourselves.
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