The Do’s and Dont’s of Dating After Divorce

Dating after divorce can be intimidating for sure. Angie is 47 and recently divorced. She married her high school sweetheart and hasn’t been on a date in 25 years. Toward the end of her marriage, there certainly weren’t a lot of romantic sparks, so she feels completely out of touch with her sensual side. She’s dabbled in online dating and been on a few fix-ups, but couldn’t enjoy herself. She felt so nervous about doing or saying the wrong thing, she was convinced she would never get a second date.… Read More >>

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Top 10 Things We Can Control

While we cannot control the weather, death or another’s thoughts, much as we might like to, we would do well to pay attention to the areas in our life that we can actually do something about. 1. Our actions. We alone are responsible for what we do. 2. Our words. Spoken or written, the words we choose impact our lives and the lives of others. 3. Our beliefs. If we believe that others should take care of our needs, then we will be frustrated when they don’t. We can change… Read More >>

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“To Do or Not to Do”: That Is the Commitment Question

Marie longed for a deep, intimate, permanent relationship, but always seemed to gravitate to men with “a commitment problem.” They were: married, from another state or country, getting over an old girlfriend, available by email but never in person, living with an infirm mother, workaholic, involved with another woman, finishing a book, and on and on. Unavailable, in other words. “Why are men so terrified of commitment?” she would lament to her friends. What Marie didn’t recognize was that she was exhibiting the same conflict over commitment as the men… Read More >>

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Your Body Image Could Be Harming You

Do you ever have thoughts like these? My life would be better if I looked better. I will never look as good as _____________. My _________ is/are so ugly. I am so fat. That scale/size can’t be right. I look disgusting; no one could ever love me. If you do, you’re not alone. In a seminal study from the 1990s, author and psychology professor Linda Smolek found that 80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance. Unfortunately, not much has changed since then. Body image is not just a… Read More >>

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It’s the Little Things

In life, the “little things” make all the difference. We like to pretend that at least the “big things” in life, like choosing a spouse or career or teaching our children, are the result of well-thought-out decisions, but it never works that way. Careers grow out of conversations over coffee or lunch. They happen because we need a job or because a friend has a friend in the business. Marriages grow out of casual flirtations at a party or because a friend set us up. The BIG stuff never starts… Read More >>

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