Last week I wrote about my fears of love. This week I don’t want to focus on those fears—I want to celebrate how far I’ve come in understanding what real love is. Flickr/ Lauren MacDonald. Last year, I was in a very different place in my life. I had recently ended a long-term (but unhealthy) relationship. I was seeing someone new, but we were more like friends...

It was a split-minded time. I was caught up in myself.  I was in school, thinking only of myself, my future, my advancement in life, and, yes, a “perfect” husband and companion for ME. It was a selfish time of life for me personally, but it was also an age of selfishness. Everywhere I looked selfishness was our entertainment, our politics, our business, our personal...

By Elizabeth Republished from Manic Pixie Dream Mama Tomorrow I will wake up alone. Yes, there will be three other people in my bed, all of them clinging to me, all of them under five. But I will be, for all intents and purposes, alone while I blearily scramble eggs, change diapers, settle squabbles over sippie cups and spoons. Alone I will dress my three sons; alone,...

“A thousand times, yes.”  These four words whispered by my fiancée during a cold and gray day in November set off a whirlwind of activity and emotion that I could never have prepared for in my entire life. The decision to ask Jenn to marry me was not a clear and neat “yellow brick road” that I could easily follow. It was more like a jungle that I had to...

Philip and I are planning a wedding now, and many of my hours are consumed in thinking of the details, dreaming of the day we will be married. As Philip and I have talked about many times, we’re not simply planning our wedding weekend—we’re planning a lifelong marriage. We’re preparing for the biggest irreversible moment of our lives. We both know we’re...

Five years ago I lost my best friend and the man I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with. My journey through grief has been a rocky one, especially in the beginning, as I didn’t know anyone experiencing similar heartache and little is published on the subject. I had no one to learn from — no guideline other than the one I’d been brought up on...

Posted on Apr 10 2015 - 6:00am by Brittany

I have always had a fear of love because of past relationships. I was cheated on twice while I was pregnant, and so many other times that I lost count. It left me feeling inadequate and unwanted. It left me unable to trust. When I am afraid of love, I ask a million questions and have a million doubts:  What if he doesn’t love me the same way I love him? What...

Flickr/Seif Alaya There’s a beautiful woman I’m itching to take out on a date for the first time, so it’s time to game plan.  I don’t know about you, but a first date can be a something of a wild card—you never quite know how it’s going to go. Problem is, there is a lot riding on a first date, because, like it or not, date number one can make or break...

Kara and her husband Adam. When Adam and I started dating I was 22. He was my first and only boyfriend. While 22 is still young, by that point in my life I had witnessed many dating relationships, most of which were outstanding examples of love. But every now and then I’d encounter a “needy” couple; the girlfriend who would crash guys night, the boyfriend who’d...

In season two of Scrubs (admittedly not a great source for dating advice), Carla confides to J.D. everything she was worried about and stewing over in her head: the things she didn’t want known because she thought they made her sound crazy.  J.D. then divulges the information to her boyfriend, Turk, behind her back. When Carla found out about the betrayal she...