One half of all of your relationships will always consist of you, and you are the only person that you know for sure will be a part of your love life for ever. Making sure that you know and like yourself is the foundation of your love life, and will make everything else a lot easier.
The signs are everywhere that give us that chance. Taking time to be aware of your reactions, thoughts and emotions will bring you into a space of clarity and balance where you can make informed decisions guided and supported by your soul... decisions that will usher in release and healing for yourself and your life.
Oh young, or even not young, love! Remember when you would crack jokes and your wife would laugh and laugh? That's over now, my friend. Well, sometimes she still laughs, but not like before.
Cynical people are romantics who allowed themselves to be hurt too much. And the world needs people who are soft and open, not cold and hard. Be gentle with yourself. You're the only you we get.
When it came to celebrating my husband's professional accomplishments, I wasn't the first to congratulate him. I felt jealous of his time in the limelight for very public recognition of his accomplishments in a career I had given up to care for our family. And I also interpreted his success as taking away from mine.
So the idea is to thank a variety of people for the help they have sent your way, even if some of it felt hurtful at the time. By doing this you will be sorting through your old memories of both joy and pain and healing many of the wounds you may have been carrying with you over the years.
Do not allow your relationship to become a victim of 'the social media monster'. My advice is to invest time in your relationship. Communicate and share what's on your mind, and even more importantly listen to your partner. The future of your relationship depends on it.
I think changing my name reflects one of the keys behind our 21-year marriage. Marriage is a long love affair, and it also a team where you work together to solve problems. To be long term, each has to have the utmost respect for each other.
Having a purpose gives you something to bring to the table which shows maturity, responsibility, commitment and a desire to make a difference. Being interesting and self-sufficient is extremely attractive.
Dealing with toxic parents is a delicate situation and is undeniably tough. But by remembering that you are your own person will enable you to respect the relationship without falling victim to it.
A new relationship -- whether personal or professional -- is a lot like buying a new car. Driving it off the lot is pure bliss. And like a car, when a relationship breaks down, it's overwhelming.
Arguments and disagreements are going to happen. They're part of life. And the most important step to repairing them is to hear the other person's perspective and to let them know you're really listening. To respect their opinion. And naturally they need to do the same for you.
Have you ever met someone and not have had the need to judge him or her at least minimally to get a better feel of what this person stands for? Many of us do this without ourselves knowing it, though it's such an exposed practice that we do it all the time.
There are several keys to being an effective partner in a marriage. First and foremost you have to know yourself well enough to be wise to your motivations, quirks, downfalls and strengths which will impact your marriage and you must know those same elements in your partner.
It probably applies to both genders. I should start by saying this is not a scientific sampling; it's just women I met from different religions and backgrounds. This is what I found from my own interviews: