I am so happy to finally present the highlights of April’s intimate couple’s event.
If you are a new reader, you may not be aware. In line with keeping the JLondon Images’ objective, an intimate couple’s event is held annually. Here, couples, or those who aspire to have long successful committed relationships are connected with relationship experts. The aim is to provide you with tools to make your journey that little bot more easy as you create your forever together.
April 18th, 2015 was the day JLondon Image’s held the 2nd Annual Couple’s Event in Atlanta, GA. We brought together a panel of great, successful and well versed professionals to share both their knowledge and personal experiences with our attendees. They were awesome. The night began with a fun ice breaker, where I, Josselyne, asked everyone to sit with someone they didn’t know and fill out a short questionnaire about their new partners. Once the allotted time ended, a few partnered sets were asked to present their results. The questionnaire was funny. One of the questions posed asked whether the individual would rather be seen with clown make up or clown shoes. Nobody was able to answer with a straight face.
Ratima Guest-Smith and Ekom Essien were up first. Ratima Guest-Smith was not on the original line up, however I am so happy that she was able to join us. Together, both her and Ekom Essien delivered a great presentation on conflict management and zoomed in on one of the main reasons we get into conflict with our significant others. Prioritizing. As individuals we prioritize some things over others, or rather, we hold different aspects of our relationship to a higher esteem than our significant others. To make this point more clear, Ratima Guest-Smith, provided a short task for each individual to complete. We were all handed a sheet of paper that listed 11 different relationship top areas. We were asked to prioritize them from 1 to 11 and then to compare our results with our significant others. Items listed on the sheet ranged from “good looks”, “intimacy” to “religious beliefs”. It was important that couples shared the first top two aspects. If not, it would definitely be something to discuss further so that the couple were on the same page. Here I learned that knowing what was important to both you and your spouse can only help with the progress and confidence of ones relationship.
Daniel Arenas, crushed the myth that a couple would need to be making a large amount of money before future planning. He stated that it began with creating a family budget. Without this, a person just wouldn’t have clarity from month to month regarding wealth and parameters. This is another reason why couples find themselves in conflict. He talked about the importance of term life insurance and that it was very affordable. Some plans start as low as $20 a month. Personally, I didn’t know this up until the beginning of 2015. I have become educated on the reason for term life insurance. He also spoke about investments and how it was very easy to get into. What I liked about him was that he was very genuine. This was very important as this is what JLondon Images stands on. Being Genuine and passionate about one’s line of work. A lot of the couples expressed the fact that they didn’t know how affordable it was and spoke to him at the end of the conference. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact him. Click here for more information
Dr. Natalie Grubbs discussed the challenges of blending families from her own personal stand point as well as that from a professional vantage point. Sharing her experiences helped many to relate. Initially,one would assume it involved the bringing together of two families, however the pointers shared also helped those who plan on or is thinking about adopting. We discussed the joining of cultures, discipline methods, views and communication methods. To illustrate one point, she provided every individual a card. On each card was the name of one of four animals. Each person had to find their “family” of animal by making the sound of such animal. It was hilarious. The animals included a horse and a dog. Can you imagine grown people walking around a room making animal noises? So can I and that is why I couldn’t stop laughing. Once each group was formed, they were then asked to discuss the key challenges a blended family would face. Many of the individuals expressed their appreciation for such a conversation. It is one that is needed but dialogues are hardly produced and a lot of people go in blindly.
Date Night Ideas
You know, I was all ears for this part of the evening. I am always looking for fun things to do with my husband. Clarissa Edmondson-Bridges brought us together with this portion of the evening. If you haven’t heard me speak about her lately, check out the exclusive interview I did with her. Here is part one and her is part two. Clarissa explained why date night was important and shared a few ways to make it happen. This included changing the time of day of your special time alone ( not necessarily night), planning ahead and also things that can be done in the home on a much lower budget. She was sympathetic to the fact that date night can cost even before you have left your home, by way of babysitter costs alone. A married woman herself, she was pleasant and sweet and shared some of her favorite spots in Atlanta and around Georgia. In addition, she chose a couple to illustrate one of her favorite games and taught us all how to create a date jar. This was a fun and wonderful way to end the evening.
Altogether, the feedback was great. The common response was that couples had a lot of information to take home with apply to their own relationships, that it was a great night and time very well spent. Everyone seemed to enjoy each speaker, the location, beverages on hand to purchase and that they would definitely come again. Don’t believe me? Watch the video below and let me know your thoughts.
One of highlights of the evening was the giveaway. We had such lovely giveaway sponsors that I have to of course mention them. They are listed below
Here are a few more images from the evening
If you missed it, I hope you are able to attend in 2016. Please subscribe below (by way of the Wedding Details Guide) to be the first to know about the event in 2016. I am so excited about it. I cannot wait. I look forward to connecting with you. If you are interested, please leave a comment below and let me know what topic areas you would like discussed next year. I look forward to serving you. In the mean time, have a wonderful week.
PS: Thank you for reading and listening to Part 2 of our candid conversation. If you like it, grab a copy of my electronic magazine below, where I provide tips and ideas for your big day followed by direct access to my most current wedding photography pricing and other bonuses.