This original question has been edited to protect the identity of the submitter. Q: “Hi Danielle, my name is Emily and I’m an incredibly shy and awkward 22 year old that recently graduated college. I’ve never had a boyfriend, never been kissed or gone on a date and never even been flirted with. I know I don’t “need” a boyfriend but I feel like if I don’t...
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Q:  Hi, my name is Amanda and I am 20 years old and need some advice on my future career. I’ve been raised with not very much, and my family always said that the key to happiness later in life is getting a solid education. Although I think this is true, I don’t want to work for someone until retirement. I want to actually go out and see the world and spend my days traveling with a camera and...
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Hello Danielle, I met this amazing guy on a dating site, he was very sweet, funny, charming, cute, smart and great to talk to. Everyday, he would text me and/or call me first, and even send me cute little good morning texts. Two weeks later, we decided to meet up and we finally did, five days ago. We had a lot of fun on that day, by the end of the night, he was stressing out about the distance...
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Dear D, I was just dumped really unexpectedly by my boyfriend of 9 months.  Our relationship was fun and sexy and totally on track to go somewhere. I had no idea that anything was wrong, but a few nights ago he announced that he’d been feeling “emotionally dull” and that “this just wasn’t what he wanted right now.”  I was totally, totally...
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Dear D, I did all the right things to get up and out of my small town - worked hard, went to an amazing college, paid my own way, graduated with honors, got into Teach for America (a prestigious program), and now I don’t know what my calling is. How do I find it? How do I balance the things that I need (i.e., decent income) with the things that make my heart sing? Thanks, J +++ Hi J! Thank...
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Dear D, I’m really struggling with finding a happy balance between accountability and flexibility with my husband.  If he says he’s going to do something (read instead of watch TV, go to the gym, take out the garbage) and then doesn’t do it, I often find myself upset because he didn’t do what he said he was going to do.  Sometime I realize it’s no big deal or it...
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Hi Danielle! Like many women, I’ve got a string of bad relationships behind me. In fact, every husband/boyfriend/lover I’ve had through the years has been either a substance abuser, domestic abuser, married or chronically unemployed. I’ve had therapy in the past and I certainly don’t want to repeat this pattern in my future. I’ve met a man and we’ve been...
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I am accepting + welcoming “Dear D” letters for my advice column. How it works: You’ve got: A conundrum. Some serious confusion. You think you might even feel a headache coming on Not to mention a plethora of questions You Need: Advice Nuts and bolts hashing it out To be reminded of your greatness Tough-love Compassion Someone to give it to you straight Strategies + blueprints...
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Dear Danielle, About a year ago now, I separated from my boyfriend. We’d been dating and living together for three years going four. We were both French citizens, living in London so things got pretty serious pretty fast.  Because he knew I was in a tough spot, he invited me to move in with him after only two weeks of dating. I don’t know if I was in love, it was nothing like I had...
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Dear Danielle, It’s no secret to my friends and family that I have relationship issues with men. I tend to pick men that are hard to be with and I just went through another terrible break up. This time he pushed me to the ground, told me he could blow my head off if he wanted to and told me I was the most worthless person he has ever met and he understands why last boyfriends broke up and why...
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