Coping With Not Having Hugs


Hello You,

It’s another day and another month of the pandemic.

Another one. And there was another one. And another one. Many believed after the first lockdown, we’d resume our normal lives. It hasn’t happened in its entirety.

Naa’ila hasn’t seen her mother, except virtually, for a year now. She speaks of missing her smell and her touch. This type of loss feeling lonely and isolating.

Precautions must be taken for the elderly and vulnerable populations. On the other hand, there are young adults using their own standards for interacting with others. This can be hard  when you want to hang out with friends and they decline. Or, when you want to meet with friends, but you have your own preventative measures urging you to stay home.

While these principles make sense to you, it hurts. The separation can cause depression, anxiety and feelings of grief.

Many choose to remain in touch virtually with video calls. This surely helps. Naaila has seen her mother a few times via video. While this was heartwarming it also served as a reminder of not being able to see her. Thus, the blessing was bittersweet also.

During this time, give your sadness a voice. Say how you feel to those you love and miss. This experience is a form of grief for the loss of the life you once had. Admit how you feel. Believe it or not, this also gives others the consent to speak their feelings also.

Until we get to give each of you a good Southern hug, please be safe.

See you soon,

Hasan and Naaila

16 Free Pages of Marriage Words of Wisdom – You Want One?

What chu doin’?


In our neck of the woods, we’ve staying healthy, working, loving on each other, flexing with new counseling certifications and Hasan had another surgery.
This means we’re blessed.

Everyone in our home is alive, waking up on the same spiritual path and on speaking terms! That’s sayin’ alot!

We got a few things for our married and unmarried folks coming through. Unmarried folks, your “Aw Shucks!” gift comes next month. Everyone, please move back and give the stage to this goodie-packed content.

Couples, at the end of the day, err’body wants to feel safe with their spouse, loved by their spouse and to not get riled up by some unnecessary bull! #MarriageGoals!

We tossed around an idea for guidance on how to apply small steps we teach in a compact, but not too overwhelming, 7-Day journal. If you could feel like more cuddling and a coolness to your eyes more often when you saw your spouse, would that interest you?

We’re all for keeping our busy lives running without a hitch, but to not add hiccups between us.

Hit that link! You’ll find “A Weeks Worth Of UnContested Love” Couples Journal.

There’s one hitch! It’s always a catch ain’t it? Please tell us about the conversations created and the pop-up moments evolving from using the journal.

Thank you much,

Hasan “THE HIM” & Naa’ila

How Your Response to Responsibility Kills A Relationship


There’s something we need to talk about out here on these Heart Highways. There’s this mistaken belief that if you were the one who did the wrong, more responsibility for the relationship falls on you. Because of this rumor, there are literally thousands of couples operating from the position of “Not me! You did it.”

Folks believe, as long as they’re not the one who “did it”, there’s less for to do.

For example…Your spouse did something to hurt you. We agree your spouse needs to make amends, show remorse, learn what reassurance looks like to you and offer it to you. However, how you show up in this process plays a big role in every step of the relationship.

Consider this. How you receive their apology and remorse makes a difference. Shaming or judging someone reduces the integrity of their good intent.

The bottom line is the relationship needs your care and responsibility. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is!

When you truly think about your relationship from a sustainable perspective, you’ll begin to realize loving another person requires being loving even when you may not want to be. This is a huge responsibility to take on.

You won’t get marriage without hard moments, difficult conversations, having assumptions challenged or feeling some “kinda way”. It ain’t realistic. This is the place where rumors begin, unrealistic corners.

If your spouse is the one putting in the overtime effort due to his or her blooper, and get no acceptance of their good intent, they’ll wanna quit! Keep them encouraged to do right by you by being responsible for the relationship.

But you don’t get to sit back and to bask in their efforts and do nothing! Be relationship responsible.

Talk to you soon,

Hasan “THE HIM” and Naaila

Say Bye-Bye To Bad Words

Soo… we’ve had another busy week working with the Love Thang Village. Our folks are the best ever.  Being even better is waiting for you. Last week, we had laughs, ah-ha moments and love connections, but beyond that…one thing became eye-opening for us.


You see anyone can make love promises, say the right words at the right moment, but can you do this when you’re mad too? Where are your “Bae Buzz Words” when you need to show up in a situation where your spouse is showing out!

Your voice needs to sound right.

Your words have to feel right…right then.

Your face needs to look right.

You gotta generate a safe moment for your spouse to have a good experience with you despite ya’ll having a show down.

Here’s a few unproductive communication habits to be on the lookout for:

1. Trying to convince the other person you’re right. You end up going back and forth arguing or repeating the same position over and over again. It ain’t worth it. You don’t have to agree. Two opinions can exist at the same time.

2. Offering advice. Before you do anything else, listen. You could be completely wrong!

3. Immediately seeking to reassure the other person. Shocked by this one? Look, if you jump right into offering support, you can get accused of not wanting to understand or lacking empathy. Leave the floor open for the person to state where they are. Your consoling words can wait until they’re finished! This can be a way for you to create an experience with your spouse, during a sensitive matter, you never thought you could do! This is a “Don’t-Wanna-Miss-This” situation.

Please, give some real though and consideration to the type of experience you’re creating for yourself and the other person in this impressionable moments.

Give it some thought. Let us know how it works out for ya.

Talk to you soon,

Hasan “THE HIM” and Naa’ila

SLICK Ways To Be Better Without Being Extra

It’s January  2021. Give God all the praise. Somebody did not make it. You did!

Somebody doesn’t have good health. You do!

Somebody doesn’t feel like smiling. You can!

Somebody doesn’t feel loved. You can give love!

Somebody can’t read this email. You can!

For today, this is gon’ be all about what you can do. You have superpowers!

Folks tell us they love our relationship guides because it is “workable…practical.” Our goal is to make tools for real God-loving folks with real “Am-I-The-Only-One?” issues that we ain’t gonna pretend don’t exist! Cause you are not the only one!

Here’s a “But-What-Chu-Can Do” Guide for relationships with yourself and others. You’ll be one of the first to put this in action!

1. Take care of yo’ self. If you aren’t any good, no one else is either. Toss the rhetoric of what won’t get done if you don’t do it. You’re right! It won’t, but err’ thang ain’t gonna get done today! Is there food in the house? Good. Let’ em make sandwiches.
Has the laundry piled up? If you leave those clothes in the dryer, trust and believe, no one will steal them. Go sit down for 15 mins. Take a hot shower and let the water calm you. Drink a cup of tea. Sit in the sunlight.
Your son needs help with school work. We get it. But have you been so tired you didn’t smile at the child today? What’s more important, the homework or your son?

Take care of your own soul first.

2. Ask the folks around you about their life. What was a reflection they had for the day? When was the last time the person felt smart? How would the person rate their day on a scale of 1-10? Did the person feel included in life today or did it feel like life kinda existed around them.
Check in on folks without saying, “How you doing?” You’re guaranteed to get the cliche, and often unreal line, “I’m fine and you?” Sincerely let folks you love know you’re invested in them.

3. Mahnnn…let people be who they are. There will be parts of everyone you enjoy and parts…well, you could throw in the trash. You get the whole person! Guess what? Someone feels the same way about you also!
Your opinion and beliefs can exist while others have their own. As long as you aren’t hurting anyone or doing anything immoral, do you! Allow others to do the same. Everyone won’t agree on what immorality is. This is another discussion, but for today, let folks be who they are, even the ones you disagree with. Arguing won’t make folks change minds.

4. Be grateful. One of the ways Naa’ila puts herself to sleep is with her gratitude list. After dabbing lavender on her wrists, turning on theta waves and resting on the pillow, she lists off her “Thankful Moments” of the day. Sometimes, its as simple as, “I’m grateful I can breathe…I’m grateful for clean sheets…I’m grateful to hear the rain…” When God know’s you’re grateful, He gives you more.

If you’ve ever felt frustrated or confused cause you had no idea how to begin small steps of self-help, now’s your chance to overcome the block forever!

Talk to you soon,

Hasan and Naaila