marriage

3 Expertly Approved Ways You Can Make Dating Less Challenging

3 Expertly Approved Ways You Can Make Dating Less Challenging
Dating can be difficult for a myriad of reasons. As a relationship coach, and as someone who was married, divorced, dated as a single woman, dated as a divorcee, and as a single parent, dating was one of my least favorite things to do. Often, I would purposefully sabotage my relationships out the gate. I would find ways to discredit and disown any feelings I may have or develop for someone by immediately focusing on what was wrong with them versus paying attention to what was right. And also ignoring what I needed to do to improve who I was as a person. It was my protective shield and self-d...

8 Tips For The Person Who Is About To Give Up On Love

8 Tips For The Person Who Is About To Give Up On Love
If you asked my friends one of my worst qualities, they would probably say it is the fact that I can be annoyingly analytical. I tend to overthink things. Sometimes that has worked well for me, but often it has the opposite effect especially when it related to my relationships. Then something strange happened. I stopped overthinking, assuming what the other person in the relationship was thinking, or figuring out in my mind what their actions might mean. I had to do a complete juxtaposition. I almost gave up on love because I started to think that maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. Yes, it’...

7 Things You Should Know Before Walking Down The Aisle And Saying ‘I Do’

7 Things You Should Know Before Walking Down The Aisle And Saying ‘I Do’
It can be a journey to find love. So when you do meet someone and fall in love, the next natural step is a desire to marry them. But, before you take that walk down the aisle, it’s crucial that you know these 7 things about your significant other: 1. Communication is everything. What is your communication style and is it similar to your significant other? One of the best ways to know if your relationship can stand the test of time is to pay attention to how you communicate with one another. It’s so easy not to say exactly how you feel out of fear of not wanting to hurt your partner. But,...

3 Reasons Why Self-Love Is Important

3 Reasons Why Self-Love Is Important
As a relationship coach, people often ask me why they are having a difficult time attracting the right people into their lives. They lament the difficulty of navigating dating, meeting people who are dysfunctional, or who don’t add value to their life. I get it. I’ve had my ups and downs when it came to finding someone who was truly compatible with me. And the reality is dating can be hard. I had to go through many instances where I even started to think maybe it was me that was the problem. Then I had an epiphany which helped me to understand things a lot better. The foundation for any hea...

5 Resolutions For Your Relationship In 2018

5 Resolutions For Your Relationship In 2018
2018 is upon us again. If you are anything like me, having downtime during the holiday season gives you a chance to pause and reflect and give additional consideration to your personal relationship, how you can reignite the passion, or if it’s simply time for a relationship reset. As you head into 2018, here are a couple of ways to make sure you are doing the right things to have a healthier relationship. Argue fairly There was a psychologist who studied thousands of couples and could tell based on one thing if their relationship had real longevity. He paid attention to how the...

What Harvey Weinstein’s Wife Taught Me About Infidelity

What Harvey Weinstein’s Wife Taught Me About Infidelity
What has been the deal-breaker for you when you have suffered infidelity with someone which you were in love or loved deeply? Have you ever been complicit in an affair that involved your significant other? Infidelity and bad behavior are running rampant in the media. Harvey Weinstein and his platitudes of affairs continue to fill the news every day. His behavior is so oppressive that he was recorded as part of a sting operation by the police who were seeking to gain concrete evidence of his actions and sordid history of sexual assault towards women. But, what struck me the most, was how ...

Why Vulnerability is the Best Aphrodisiac

Why Vulnerability is the Best Aphrodisiac
Originally published in Elephant Journal. As a relationship coach, I have noticed the strong impact of vulnerability on sexual attraction. And as a real person who dates, I have seen the undeniable effects of vulnerability in my own life. Which is why I want to share the concept with you. Everyone is relationship challenged Even relationship coaches can have relationship challenges. Our challenges, or what I call "relationship setbacks,"  make us wise and understanding coaches. We know how hard it is to find love. Because we've been there and experienced ups and downs in the journe...

Interview with Elizabeth Overstreet, Author and Relationship Coach

Interview with Elizabeth Overstreet, Author and Relationship Coach
On today’s Client Spotlight, I am very proud to introduce you to Elizabeth Overstreet. Elizabeth is a relationship expert and the author of Love You and He Will Too: The Smart Woman’s Roadmap for Happy, Healthy Relationships. She’s a digital contributor to Jet Magazine and is a regular on radio and TV. I feel most of us expect relationships to run on auto-pilot, and when they don’t go smoothly, we have no idea how to fix them. Being a writer of character-driven stories, relationships are central to every plot I create. I took this opportunity to satisfy my curiosity about love, marriage, an...

5 SEX BOOSTERS FOR THE LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP

5 SEX BOOSTERS FOR THE LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP
I use to think that being in a long-term relationship would be boring. Being with the same person, experiencing the same circle of events along with the monotony of similar and repeatable sexual experiences just seemed uninteresting. And then I had an epiphany. What you put into your relationship is what you get out of it. Relationships stall and become dull when you start taking each other for granted. They also may experience setbacks or problems when you fail to continue developing the areas that made your relationship strong in the first place. But, the beauty of a long-term relat...

How Important is Marriage… Really?

How Important is Marriage… Really?
An expert examines the importance of marriage in modern relationships... Originally published on Jet Magazine There has been an interesting trend developing in China concerning marriage. Chinese women are moving away from the desire to get married. This has presented a problem in the country, where marriage was once a strong tradition. With an aging population, having rid themselves of the one-child policy and more men available than women, Chinese women have their pick of men. However, Chinese men are struggling to persuade their women to marry them. Why Did People Marry? Historica...