Dinner and a date? Puh-lease. You are so much more fun and interesting than that!  Creative dates help you bond with your partner, problem solve, and create the sort of memories you can chew on when you need a pick-me-up. Here are 20 you-won’t-believe-what-we-did date ideas – try one this weekend! 1. Mystery Music Grab a local newspaper or magazine, find the live music section,  close...
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Our relationships are a direct reflection of our own self-worth. Who we love is intrinsically tied to our level of self-esteem. Every day, clients tell me that they’re in a relationship with a person they care about but their needs aren’t being met. And every day, my sweet, smart, lovely clients ask me how they can change to keep that (mediocre, unfulfilling) relationship going. Stop right...
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Maybe you’ve heard of these mythical creatures. Or seen them in movies. Perhaps your best friend/sister/neighbor is even dating one. The Perfect Partner. They always clean up after themselves. They plan surprise weekend getaways. They buy sweet, thoughtful gifts and spontaneous bouquets. They say things like “I’m so lucky to be with you” and “You’re gorgeous” and “I like...
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One of my favorite past times is asking couples what makes their relationship work. Recently,  I was fortunate to sit down and hear the story of Cindy and Ken Schmale who have been together for 25 years! What’s the secret to making marriage/relationship last? This question can be a difficult one to answer.  In my case, I had just come away from a 9 year relationship with my high school...
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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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This post originally appeared on the uber talented Michelle Vargas’s website Fart With Headphones On.  I was thrilled to write it for her + delighted to share it now with you! ***************************************   Long distance relationships are not for the fearful; they’re for the audacious. The brassy, bold + brave. You exchange massive time alone for fleeting doses of joy...
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We’ve all been there. You and your honey have been together forever and a day. You’ve even mentally designed the ideal wedding,  kitchen island counter-top and  the kids’ grammar school graduation. But lately, the relationship is hitting the skids and getting through an average day feels like wading through knee-deep Mississippi mud. You thought you’d found “the one,” but...
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Seriousness has an important place in love + life. Deep and meaningful conversations. Life-changing decisions. Support at times when emotions are running high. But playfulness is just as – if not more – important. Laughter is a language that people use to bond. To mend. To escape. People who take themselves too seriously (and lack any sense of lightheartedness) exude an emotional...
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This guest post comes to us from the lovely Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes fame.  She’s been blogging for 3+ years about her world travel, navigating the world of modern adulthood and, um, theme parties. In 2009, my live-in boyfriend and I decided to end our three-year relationship.  This decision was made over a bad Skype connection, while I was volunteering at an orphanage in the...
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  You know how it goes – how it feels. You know the thoughts that trip through your head. Maybe I’m just in a bad mood. Maybe this is just the reality of long term relationships and I need to be more realistic. Maybe if I (or both of us) try harder, it will feel right. So you stick it out.  You take it a day at a time.  And it doesn’t get better. Why do we let relationships...
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