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As the holiday season approaches, we hope you are making plans to spend time with loved ones, that you are scheduling a dose of self-care and that you will find time to pause and reflect on the year behind you and what’s ahead for 2020. We hope to do the same.
 
Our office will be closed from Friday, December 20 th at 12:00 p.m. until we re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019.
Until then, our team will be working hard to ensure your legal needs are met before the holidays.

We wish you peace and joy for the holidays!🎄

Your Koenig | Dunne team
What Divorce Teaches Us About Love
While there are many reasons couples divorce, could it come down to something as simple as this: the space between what we imagine love is and what we actually have becomes too wide. Our hope for ideal love is crushed under the weight of the reality of marriage -- the day-in, day-outedness of it dulls the shine on our dreams of what love should be. 

Yes, divorce can deal a strong blow to our ideas of love. But it can also teach us some things about love that we can use to make our life’s journey more in tune with what we really want and need:

Divorce teaches that love is not enough.

No matter how much you love someone, if you have different values, goals, or other irreparable issues like infidelity or abuse, love alone is not enough to save a marriage. This is because marriage is a partnership, where compatibility, honor, and respect must be present for a union to survive and thrive over time.

Divorce teaches that not every love is forever.

It has been said that we have people in our lives for seasons and reasons, which means that not every love we experience will be sustainable forever. Realize that while each love is unique to the person you share it with and an opportunity for growth and learning, it may not be forever.

Divorce teaches that love shouldn’t be hard work.

If it takes hard work to make your relationship work, that’s a sign that your relationship is not working. Good marriages do take a certain degree of care and effort to work, but if you find yourself always having to compromise, chances are that love is not enough to make your relationship work.

Divorce teaches that something good can come from failing at love.

Your failed marriage is not a failure if you can grow from the experience. When it comes to relationships, the past does not have to be prologue; your future can be better than you even imagine if you embrace the experience as part of your life’s journey. Divorce is a resting place, not a stopping place.

Divorce teaches that love is wanting, not needing.

Relationships founded on need -- the need to feel wanted, the need to not be alone, the need for physical connection -- are based in fear, not love. Lasting love comes from fulfilling our want -- wanting that one particular person because he or she speaks to you and your heart, not because you are filled with need.

Dealing with the end of one love may feel like an insurmountable task, but the truth is that once you have put away the feelings of sadness and anger, you create room for relief, clarity, and a new perspective on how a new life -- and love -- can unfold.
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” 

~ Lao Tzu
What NEXT?
NEXT is our annual Empowerment Series for Women and registration is now open for 2020.

Topics include: setting goals, finding your joy, financial planning, health and wellness, and envisioning a future life beyond today. Sessions will take place during 2 hour evening seminars over five months. The seminar is $175 for all 5 sessions.

Our presenters are Susan Koenig , life coach; Angela Dunne , attorney; Jill Ehlers , Partner Financial Advisor; and Lora McCarville , founder of Yoga Rocks the Park – Omaha.

Preservation Paradox
We woke early with our mission in mind. On this misty morning, we found the tide reaching as far back into the ocean as possible. We walked quickly on the smooth, sand-soaked surface to discover this spot of local magic. Here in the tiny town of Neskowin, Oregon (population 134) – just past Proposal Rock – we ventured to Ghost Forest.

Ghost Forest reveals the remnants of an ancient spruce forest. It is presumed that the trees were likely abruptly lowered due to an earthquake and then were covered by mud from landslides or debris from a tsunami. The forest reappeared in the late 1990’s when storms shifted the sands and showed what remained. The tree stumps are over 2,000 years old. Keep Reading
Coach's Corner
with Susan Ann Koenig
Do or Dream
By the time I was thirteen I’d concluded that dreaming would not get me that hot pink paisley swimsuit with ruffles on display in the junior department of the Brandeis Department store downtown. I’d been babysitting for years and knew that only money from my summer nanny job and a layaway plan would.

Instead of dreaming, I set goals and made plans. Set a goal to go to college. Plan to finish in three years. Set a goal to have a 100 people protest. Plan a march and get them there. Set a goal to throw a party. Plan the perfect pesto and pecan pie.

Who is Koenig|Dunne?
For over 35 years, the Koenig|Dunne team has been helping people pick up the pieces of their life to make a new start. Bringing a family business back from the brink of financial ruin. Sheltering a child from the conflict of a custody battle. We do this work because its work we know matters.

Whether an amicable collaboration or lengthy litigation lies ahead, we’re the team who will empower you on your path to a better future, from start to finish. That’s a promise. We promise you – we will see you, hear you, and stand by you. Learn More
Guidance when you want it. Strength because you need it.
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