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When my partner celebrated their 50th birthday, I said, “I don’t date people in their 50s.” They replied, “We aren’t dating.” Three kids and over a decade together, we are in a monogamous, long-term, unmarried relationship. We aren’t spouses, we aren’t...
  Do you wish your husband knew exactly what you wanted him to do around your messy house? Do you wish your significant other knew how to help you when you are sad or working through a decision? Do you wish your...
If you grew up like I did, you grew up hearing fairytales. Stories about faraway places, princesses needing to be rescued and, of course, for many, they also included the ever-dreaded stepmother. You know what I am talking about,...
Sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towels, masks, disinfectant wipes, and a marriage counselor. These are all of the things I didn't know that I would need in plentiful supply in 2020, yet here we are. When the shutdown of the...
There once was a time where every single encounter was an adventure, date nights out were a weekly if not twice-weekly thing, uninterrupted conversations were the norm, and quality time was at an all-time high. We had the freedom...
My mother shared some invaluable marriage advice with me when I was younger. Though she shared this with me in the context of marriage, this advice certainly applies to any committed relationship. She told me that marriage is a...
Happy Pride Month! June is the month that the LGBT+ community gets to celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Even while equal rights are being fought for in regards to race in our country right now, this is a...
As a wife, mother, stepmom and daughter, I've learned that love comes in various forms and fashions, and it's rarely a feeling that you experience by itself. Because with love comes... Empathy When people you love are rejected, let down or...
In the past, I've been hurt by people. Some were friends but most of them were family. I feel like the hurt and hate that comes with family issues is so difficult because we learn to trust them at...

Finding Your Tribe

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Growing up I used to think that I was capable of maintaining an infinite number of friendships, that surely there would never be a day that I would feel ‘lonely,’ and that childhood best friends really are forever. Boy...
  It started out with a simple search. I was on a mission to find THE most beautiful shell, lying on the sand that had been tossed and turned by the waves, beautiful, whole and in perfect shape. Just like...
I knew the questions would come, it was inevitable, but I wasn't prepared to tell my son about my divorce and that I had said "I Do" before. Our family is a blended one and it has been quite the...
It's Valentine's Day and there's something in the air, and I'm not just talking about love. It's pressure. The pressure to show up and show off all the love we have inside. The pressure to shout from the rooftops how much...
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