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“After the Cake” – Humble musings on marriage as an understanding, supportive, and loving partner…even when I just want to scream “REALLY?? More after the jump…

  • Steph | bubblerockNovember 5, 2013 - 10:30 AM

    So very true. So beautifully said… and I love how Lena’s parents (I see it in the comments) read this at their wedding…ReplyCancel

  • LenaMarch 9, 2013 - 1:07 PM

    Naomi, I think I’ve shared that my parents read this passage at their wedding–as a child, I couldn’t understand why they’d read something so “unromantic”, but as I’ve made my own commitment, I don’t think the value of space freely given and fully cherished can be overstated. Such a beautiful post.ReplyCancel

  • Bethel Nathan - Ceremonies by BethelMarch 9, 2013 - 11:56 AM

    Oh, I so absolutely agree! To me, it is about being a team, a partnership. Any successful team has shared goals, but each member of the team has different roles to play, based on their skills, talents, and interests. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy learning about the other’s role and interests, but we don’t need to totally take it on as our own.

    In my marriage, I am a baseball gal, and he is a car guy. Early on, he started to go to baseball games with me, as he loved seeing the grin on my face at games, and began to learn about baseball (if he had to be there, might as well know more), especially as he learned that my heart went aflutter when he could make some knowledgeable comment about my Padres or the game. And I did the same thing with cars and car events for him – all because I love that grin on his face, and making his heart go aflutter with my interest in his passion. But really, I know he would never choose to go to a baseball game, just as I would never choose to spend all day at a hot or cold race track, but you do things like that for each other. And, you also don’t hesitate to let them go off and spend the day enjoying their passion without you, as you look forward to them coming home to you afterward and enjoying it all again in the re-telling!

    We are a team, with shared goals and a joint destination, and we know we always have the other’s back. But we are not twins and don’t ever aim to be.ReplyCancel

  • At First Blush & Co. (@NaomiVGoodman)October 13, 2012 - 4:20 PM

    Read the new married life series “After the Cake”? Are you giving your partner space enough space to grow?

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    […] out ITL’s new series on marriage “After the Cake” do you give your partner space? Tags: lifestyle blogs, lovely links 2 […]ReplyCancel

  • LenaOctober 11, 2012 - 1:18 PM

    These were my parents’ wedding vows, 34 years ago just this week. When I was younger I couldn’t make sense of it, but as I’ve grown up, I see so much goodness in space within your unity. Thank you for this beautiful post.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen SteeleOctober 11, 2012 - 8:06 AM

    Ohhh friend, you are so gifted with your words and such a breath of refreshment. Your authenticity is contagious and I think you nailed one of the HARDEST aspects of marriage: sharing a common goal but providing each partner enough space to be themselves. Such a delicate balance! I love you!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • At First Blush & Co. (@NaomiVGoodman)October 10, 2012 - 6:08 PM

    For my evening friends a new series -After the Cake for those married/partnered 1st post giving & getting space

  • Aleah and NickOctober 10, 2012 - 4:38 PM

    Loving this series! A wedding is only the start of the adventure….ReplyCancel

  • At First Blush & Co. (@NaomiVGoodman)October 10, 2012 - 12:20 PM

    After the Cake a new series on the married life. Are you allowing your partner to grow ? #marriedlifeReplyCancel

  • @AliciaMFrenchOctober 10, 2012 - 11:25 AM

    I’m loving this new series on life after the wedding from @NaomiVGoodman!

  • AliciaOctober 10, 2012 - 11:24 AM

    I must admit, I’ve never read The Prophet but now I REALLY want to! I agree with you completely. I think a strong marriage is made of two strong individuals who come together to create a strong partnership of support. I’m excited for more from this series!ReplyCancel

  • SofiaOctober 10, 2012 - 10:56 AM

    I couldn’t agree more!!! Great post!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • jacinOctober 10, 2012 - 10:44 AM

    love thisReplyCancel

  • At First Blush & Co. (@NaomiVGoodman)October 10, 2012 - 10:27 AM

    My new series is called “After the Cake” is about marriage The 1st post “Space in Your Togetherness”ReplyCancel

Hello friends! It has been a long time! I am so very happy to be back online and blogging again. It has been one whirlwind of a year for me and for At First Blush & Co. but I am back and ready to catch up!

  • jennyAugust 30, 2015 - 6:13 PM

    it is beautiful + just so perfectly you! i am so proud of you + know that there are so many good things to come! xoReplyCancel

    • Naomi GoodmanAugust 31, 2015 - 1:50 PM

      Thank you, Jenny! I love the new look, and it feels like me which is precisely the point! If anyone knows me, my close friends do. It means a lot that you say it is perfectly me. That is the best comment! xoReplyCancel

  • Sara Lynn BurnettAugust 29, 2015 - 4:10 PM

    Congrats on the fabulous new site and new start!ReplyCancel

  • LouiseAugust 28, 2015 - 3:15 PM

    As ever you manage not just to be beautiful inside & out but immensly inspiring, thoughtful and honest. So glad to have you back and thrilled to join you on the next part of your journey with AFB! Go you xoxoReplyCancel

  • Marcie - Celebrating Love by MarcieAugust 28, 2015 - 5:31 AM

    So very proud of you friend!! I can not wait to watch you soar! The website is almost as beautiful as you!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth | Bridal MusingsAugust 28, 2015 - 3:13 AM

    Lovely to have you back, Naomi! The new AFB site is absolutely gorgeous and your thoughtful, honest and heart felt words are as inspiring as ever. Wishing you every success for this exciting new chapter in your life xxReplyCancel

  • lenaAugust 27, 2015 - 10:19 PM

    Naomi, it’s my third night in Michigan and though I know you weren’t writing to me, you spoke so directly into everything I’m feeling. The new site looks absolutely incredible–a true reflection of the beautiful woman behind it–and I can’t wait to see what’s to come!ReplyCancel

    • Naomi GoodmanAugust 28, 2015 - 1:51 PM

      Lena, I know how hard change can be. It is not that we cannot, it is just like I mentioned…the known is easier. I know you and I will be fine. I promise.ReplyCancel

  • MargaridaAugust 27, 2015 - 4:28 PM

    Welcome back, Naomi.
    I do really love your new website and from the bottom of my heart I wish you all the best and twice of what I wish for myself <3ReplyCancel

    • Naomi GoodmanAugust 27, 2015 - 5:06 PM

      Thank you, Margarida! I am so excited that it is finally up! Excited for the is new chapter! xoReplyCancel

  • AliciaAugust 27, 2015 - 3:47 PM

    I love this and I am so glad you are back at it and moving forward in what will be an amazing new direction for you! You have all my support! Cheers!ReplyCancel

    • Naomi GoodmanAugust 27, 2015 - 5:07 PM

      Thank you, Alicia! Even from far away you are one of my biggest cheerleaders!ReplyCancel

  • Mike TAugust 27, 2015 - 3:46 PM

    So proud of you Naomi! You are one of the most dedicated and talented people I know and I couldn’t be happier for you. You deserve every bit of success that is undoubtably headed your way. Continue to stay focused and blessed! Congrats! XoxoReplyCancel

    • Naomi GoodmanAugust 29, 2015 - 7:09 PM

      Thank you so much Mike! You are always cheering me on! I appreciate it so never stop!ReplyCancel

Paul Newman was married to Joanne Woodward for fifty years. If you’re going to take advice on marriage make sure it’s from someone who had a successful one.

  • LenaNovember 18, 2014 - 12:47 PM

    I absolutely love this.ReplyCancel

  • Kiss & Make-upNovember 18, 2014 - 8:00 AM

    I couldn’t agree more. Marriage should never feel like a chore or something you ‘have to do’ or ‘have to put up with’.ReplyCancel

    • NaomiNovember 19, 2014 - 10:06 PM

      I am in agreement with you totally! xxReplyCancel

Marriage doesn’t mean the end of romantic love It’s the beginning of a deeper more meaningful kind of love. The kind that reminds you every day why you said yes to forever. Image via b.loved.

  • Melissa KaySeptember 8, 2013 - 12:44 PM

    OMG! I love this!! Great post! <3ReplyCancel

    • NaomiSeptember 9, 2013 - 12:25 PM

      Thank you! Don’t know where all my comments went. Lost them in my switch to Disqus!ReplyCancel

  • […] lesson from Naomi about being thankful for the acts of love from your […]ReplyCancel

  • Bellenza Wedding BistroMarch 14, 2013 - 1:24 AM

    That is a wonderful “challenge” to find things you are grateful for about your partner! Could do the same for any member of your family, too.ReplyCancel

  • “After the Cake” a real talk about marriage. Today’s question: does romance lessen after marriage or does it change?

  • LenaMarch 12, 2013 - 3:39 PM

    Such a beautiful tribute to love, gratefulness and that very wonderful man of yours.ReplyCancel

  • Bethel Nathan - Ceremonies by BethelMarch 12, 2013 - 12:37 PM

    Absolutely, totally, completely true! It is really our actions with each other than speak volumes. Thinking of the other person, finding little ways to make their life easier, more fun, more full – and it usually are the little things that actually mean more. I love when Jason does goofy/silly things to get that grin (the grin he says that he is the only one lucky enough to really see). I love when he takes a cab to the airport for those really early flights out, knowing he married a sleeper – and takes the decision from me, so I don’t have to feel guilty debating getting up that early. I love how he remembers to say our specific habitual good-luck things before I head off to a wedding (“rock their world”) or off to a meeting with a new couple (“book ’em danno”). I love how he now has a picture on his phone of himself sticking his tongue out at me, so he can text it to me when he’s traveling (rather than at the desk in our shared office) and make me laugh. I love how he has great suggestions for either my splurge/cheat meals when he knows I need or want to be off, or awesome on-plan meals when he knows I want to be on. I love how he takes my family on, even getting on the floor to play with our niece, despite not enjoying that time the way I do. I love how he expresses to me, and to others, how proud he is of the business I’ve built.

    I could go on and on.

    It’s not even worth mentioning the easy and obvious things, like you said, as those actually aren’t what touch us as much. These little things are the more intimate, the deeper ones, I think, because they require really knowing us.ReplyCancel

  • At First Blush & Co. (@NaomiVGoodman)March 12, 2013 - 12:32 PM

    Romance and marriage do they exist? If you say no, you are probably not looking hard enough