I feel as if our life's story has been ripped in half. The latter chapters were snatched away and callously thrown into the wind. I've tried to recapture some of the pages, frantically grasping whatever I could as they whirled about.
I had no intention of breaking out my laptop and writing. I had an action-packed trip that allotted very little down time so I was content just people watching and reflecting on the events of this trip. But as I was sitting here, a couple walked by and they were clearly in an argument.
I will be handed presents, pictures, cards and coffee. I will ooh and ah as I hear how they picked out the presents and who tried to make a break for it at the store, or who had a meltdown at the bank because there were no more lollipops.
Often, we overlook flaws because we fall in love with a person. This is admirable, but we also have to recognize the principles that mold a partner into a soulmate -- those elements that fortify a loving bond for the long run. Consider these seven qualities as essential to fostering an incredible, lifelong partnership...
If my heart's chosen one -- who should probably hurry up -- attempts to propose to me in any of these ways, I will kick him out of the house.
Whichever way you choose to be partnered, married or not, there is a strong case to be made for individualizing your partnership, either in a marital plan or a cohabiting plan.
I look back now, and perhaps I'm only "knee-deep "in myself for the first time ever now. I still have so much to know, but my goal is to one day, hopefully, be fully submerged in whoever "I am" and who I'm "meant to be."
The question: is cybering and sexting about sex or is it the new flirtation? People used to flirt in bars, or at parties.
While I'm aware that keeping a certain amount of privacy is crucial to maintaining some mystery and longing, relationships fare best when people err on the side of transparency.
"Everyone loved my mother and thought she was a saint, but I never felt good around her and I never felt loved by her. There must have been something ...
"I'm tired of a being a wife," my friend Leanne said over our first glass of Pinot Grigio as the band started to play. "I'm tired of being a mother. I need a break!" I knew exactly what she meant.
I began to think about the sea of articles written about the lament from men that women have some weird language they'll never understand and how exhausting is was trying to figure out what we're thinking. But let's get real here. We don't always know what you're saying either.
I know this place. For 24 years we've lived here. I arrived, not quite 30-years-old with my one-year-old baby girl in my arms. I had fought moving to the suburbs for two years, but my husband was right -- it was a wonderful place to raise a family. So that's what we did. Now we're leaving.
Preparing yourself individually to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit will prepare you for a healthy relationship in the future.
Rather than fret you'll one day become a statistic, why not work on protecting your marriage instead?
The normal in one "culture" and the normal in the other "culture" can sometimes differ greatly. And, it can be a bit of shock to stumble, sometimes rather jarringly, upon these cultural differences.