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Mari Lyles
Mari Lyles is a Certified Life Coach (through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)), an affiliate of the International Coach Federation, as well as a Certified Relationship Coach (through Relationship Coaching Institute). She has either mentored and/or coached women for over 14 years. She also authored a chapter in the international best-selling series “Adventures in Manifesting, Love and Oneness,“ and a chapter in Anita Myers' and Alexsandra Sukhoy's forthcoming book, “The Dating GPS™: Guys, Pricks and Sweethearts," the next relationship resource book, exploring the adventures and misadventures of dating, the lessons learned and how to navigate a stronger path to wholeness. The book is expected to publish later this year, Mari has blogged for D.C.,,, and Her most recent project is founding an LLC, Project Excellence, dedicated to rebuilding the lives of unemployed and/or low-income urban women and preparing them for entry into the job market.

Entries by Mari Lyles

Part II: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Kiss me, and you will see how important I am." -Sylvia Plath

Kissing seems like it would be one of those instinctive things humans do like yawning, stretching or scratching. After all, what is the big deal about two pairs of lips locking together? However, some kisses can be...

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Part I: How to Get a Guy to Kiss You

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:20 PM

So, you've been going out for a while now. You're really feeling this guy and you can tell there's a mutual attraction. The vibes... my God, the vibes. He drops you off at your door, smiles that little smile, says he had a great time and leaves. No kiss. Ugh!...

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Thriving With the Gift of 'No'

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:55 AM

In the past, I'd often thought that falling in love was reminiscent of that extremely vulnerable, naked moment a suicide encountered right before taking that precarious leap into open space -- that space disguising the unrelenting hardness of rocks and cement on the street below.

I thought of that...

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10 Signs Your Marriage Is Heading Toward Shipwreck

(11) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 5:21 PM

My parents have been married for 71 years; two elderly people bound together by familiarity, beliefs, rock-hard faith and accommodating crankiness. My father's brothers, who unfortunately passed in the last few years, had marriages of similar duration. Eighty percent of my numerous cousins spread across the country can claim marital...

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Thriving Through Letting Go

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Over the last six months, I've had conversations with three different friends/acquaintances who've been cheated on and/or abused and dumped, rather callously, by their husband or long-term significant others and now find themselves having incredible difficulty moving forward with their lives. All three women spoke of their hurt in layered...

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8 Ways to Let Your Irresistible Light Shine Through

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:09 PM

One New Years Eve, my cousin and I went to our favorite spot, Tiffany's, a rather "happening" club in 1980s Washington, D.C. where we'd always met our share of interesting men and had numerous nights of fun. Our hair was styled perfectly, and in an attempt to snag our future...

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8 Ways to Safeguard Your Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 3:54 PM

In this 21st century whirlwind age of anything goes dating and mating, relationships stand a better than average chance of being torpedoed, due to inadequate care and attention. Below are eight ways to shore up your relationship and safeguard against any cracks and crevices that might surface.

1. There's No...

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Thriving Through Acceptance of Self

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Somewhere, right now, multitudes of women are attending seminars urging them to think differently about themselves, live their best lives, believe in themselves and grow. And no matter how wonderfully uplifting these seminars may be, they are outmatched, out-ranked and out-gunned by the thousands of media ads daily streaming on...

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