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Friday, August 20, 2010

Keeping in Touch with Your Promises

Post by Samara O'Shea: Visit her at

I’m going to follow the Kaileenelise’s lead and re-introduce myself since our guest-blogging pattern has changed. My name is Samara, and I’ll be here the third Friday of every month. My area of expertise is communication. Hence my guest blog is called “Keeping in Touch.” The concept of keeping in touch means many things to me. I am a professional letter writer, which means I write letters on behalf others. I am also an avid journaler, and I believe keeping a journal is one of the best ways to get to know yourself.

In this age of digital communication we need to be more mindful than ever because frequent communication doesn’t necessarily mean meaningful communication. Sometimes we have to slow down and make the phone call rather than send the text and write a letter rather than send an e-card. As Gandhi once said, “There is more to life than increasing it’s speed.”

So that’s my spiel, and today I’m very excited to announce that I’ve added a new dimension to my letter-writing services. Drum roll please . . . I’m now offering to help couples write their wedding vows. Check out the new vow page on my site. I’m so excited about this. I’m intrigued by the writing of personal vows. Who better than you to describe your relationship, your concept of marriage, and to make unique promises to your significant other? I’m simply here to do what I do best—play wordsmith.

I also think that wedding vows—whether personal or traditional—can serve as a steadying force throughout a marriage. Marriage is difficult. I can tell that from the outside looking in, and wedding vows make no secret of it. “For better or for worse” sums up a lot of scenarios. Revisiting your vows and reconnecting with the promises you once made may offer a new perspective on an old disagreement.

Tell me what you think about personal vows vs. traditional vows.

Photo: My friends Lori & John at the wedding in July 2007. I did not write their vows, but I gave a maid-of-honor speech. (I offer to help write those as well).

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