Though being sick wouldn’t have been my first choice for how to spend the first few days of 2018, being couch-bound did afford me the opportunity to do some reading -something I’ve realized I don’t do nearly enough. I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek of an except from Kelly Corrigan‘s new book, “Tell Me More.” If you haven’t read one of Kelly’s pieces before, her writing has this ability to make you laugh and think at the same time. In her latest book, Kelly highlights the importance of communication (something that I’ve learned is so crucial in a good marriage!) and how even the simplest of phrases can make all the difference in strengthening relationships with your spouse, your children, your friends, and even yourself. Phrases like “I’m sorry,” “I appreciate you,” and one of my favorites that my husband uses often for me -“Your feelings are your feelings and therefore validated.” It’s inevitable that we both get emotional from time to time (me much more often) and let’s be honest, sometimes the reason for our vulnerable state isn’t always logical or rational. But what I’m learning is that by validating each other’s feelings, we’re allowing each other to be seen. To be accepted as we really are -flaws and all. And there’s incredible freedom in that. As we approach our 365th day of marriage, I can honestly say I’ve learned how blessed I am to have a husband who knows and appreciates good communication skills. He has taught me so much not only in marriage but even before when we were in the first years of dating, too. In the same way, through her personal stories and relatable anecdotes, Kelly Corrigan also reminds her readers that sometimes the best things to say are the simplest. You can read more about her book “Tell Me More” through the link in my profile. #TellMeMore #ad #RandomHouse #ad