Your longtime love sees you through a filter of loving timelessness. They know that your soft tummy was caused by growing their babies, the lines by your eyes the product of shared laughs. To be middle-aged and single can be rather awkward, especially if you can't laugh about it.
Building that community of friends and mentors was the ultimate tool to kick my progress into warp speed - and probably the biggest reason I was able to move from a day job to self-employment so quickly.
We all get emotional -- it's human nature. The trouble sometimes comes when our emotional side overrules our rational side for money matters. Check out some of the common ways emotions can hurt your finances.
I asked if we could just take my kids and she doesn't want to go if my nephews don't come. I'm guessing that means she wants me to help her take my nephews on a trip. I've tried talking to her about this issue and she thinks I am being selfish.
There she was on Good Morning America. There I was sitting on my couch. Watching Diane Sawyer, head thrown back, apparently delighted with her guest, my arch-nemesis, provoked in me a feeling that can only be described in one word -- ENVY.
Many of our teens have little idea that their parents have feelings that can be hurt and hearts that can be broken. I say this cautiously, but let's hear it for teaching our kids just a little bit of guilt and a whole lot of empathy.
Like much else in life, I tolerate and justify my own bad behavior but gripe about it when I witness others engaged in that same annoying habit. Maybe my disproportionate reaction is Freudian. It's as if I'm trying to purge the behavior from my own repertoire.
The amazing thing about love and attention and encouragement and grace and success and joy is that these things are infinite. We get a new supply every single morning and so we can give it away all day.
We're in a culture that prioritizes self-actualization, but when we see someone who's achieved, or partly achieved, what they want, our first instinct is to tear them down -- and we tear them down because we envy them.
Another year means only one thing to me -- I have to somehow get used to typing a 5 instead of a 4 when I write the year down. That's basically all of it in a nutshell. The real hurdle to bolt over is in remembering that the beginning of the year starts with a 20, and not a 19.
There's a line you don't want to cross, and there are ways to deal with jealousy when it arises. Jealousy can eat away at you and keep you from making progress in life. Here are three ways to deal with jealousy.
It's easy to cut each other down, to make comparisons, and to criticize. It's what we've been taught to do. But think for a minute about what our lives would look and feel like if instead, we were supportive of other women, if we celebrated instead of lamented.
Envy is one of the toughest emotions to deal with because it packs a two-fold punch. First, there is the envy itself, that terrible feeling of loneliness and deprivation you get when your friend's guy impulsively kisses her hair or laces his fingers through hers.
Maybe it's only jealousy. Maybe it's not. We don't understand it, but you know it's not just you. Your friends hate her guts too, and it baffles them as well. All we know is that we want to become something we hate.
After years of being soul-crushingly single, you've finally met a guy who's hot, funny, and close with his family. You might even love him. Everything about him is perfect... for your best friend, Stephanie.