You can change the conversation and your own behavior, but you cannot force anyone else to change. That said, if you stop doing the same old dance with your sister, she will have to come up with new footwork, too.
Sometimes I think people are not as bright as they appear. Well, if you have an Instagram, you can see how bright they really are. An average night on Instagram, people will post pictures of themselves out and about drinking this stupid water. You know alcohol is a water based, hence stupid water.
Rather than take emotional responsibility for her own well being, Wendy was making Terence and her children emotionally responsible for her. She was abandoning herself, just as her parents had abandoned her, and was expecting Terence to give her what she never received from her parents.
When you're in love, it feels like nothing else matters. It's so easy and seductive to let your life go -- your friends, your interests, your beliefs, your hobbies. I get it. It feels good and it's fun and smoochy and yummy. You don't need anyone or anything else.
I prayed as I walked in the door to a cold wife who barely even acknowledged me. That night, as we lay in our bed, inches from each other yet miles apart, the inspiration came. I knew what I had to do.
Dating in our teens and 20s was challenging. Dating in our middle adult years, with significant exes, children, pets, mortgages, careers and a boatload of emotional, physical and perhaps even financial baggage, may seem impossible.
Relationships are never all bad, and you might have been trying too hard to focus on the things you still valued while you were slipping away inside. You've been struggling with whether you're really done or just need a new way to be together.
Long term relationships: The goal isn't just to stay together forever; you want the years together to be good ones. With anything that unfolds over time, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and not notice that something is slowly deteriorating right before your very eyes.
To deal with toxic people effectively, you need an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can't. The important thing to remember is that you are in control of far more than you realize.
We've all been there, engulfed in the pain of a dead relationship. The people around us tell us to move on, but how? We feel we need closure and we tend to make the mistake of waiting to get it from someone else.
As women, we can lay the foundation for the type of relationship we want. The woman who speaks her mind and sets her standards is the woman who will have serenity when dating. And, she'll be the woman who draws in a man who wants what she wants, and wants it with her.
I was tentative about saying the "L word;" it was a big step for me -- especially considering that Lucas and I had never actually met. In person, that is. The Internet has, indeed, made the world a very small place.
I am a divorce lawyer, a divorce survivor, and once upon a time, I was a child of divorce. The divorce of my parents was a long time ago; I was seven to be exact, the third child of four. I remember the before, and I remember the after.
The magic of intimacy is that it can be of the soul. To be intimate simply means to be empathetically in tune with your partner, feeling their fears, desires, wishes, and needs as if they were your own.
As men are now being called upon to spend more time and participate in the direct care of their kids, they often find themselves emotionally overwhelmed trying to balance work, relationship and family demands.
The idea was to become a woman who this particular man would love, and at that I failed completely. But in the process, I achieved something more important: I started to become the woman I wanted to be.
Life is too short. We are entitled to be human. Sometimes we make mistakes and rub people the wrong way. What defines us is not those who are able to avoid confrontation, but those who are able to deal with it.
Nobody wants to be married to someone who can do everything well. The idea is to be in a relationship where each person fills a unique role, and brings something to the table that the other partner lacks.