relationships

3 Reasons Why Bad Relationships are the Best Teachers

3 Reasons Why Bad Relationships are the Best Teachers
Good relationships can teach us a lot. But bad relationships can teach us things too. In fact, our appreciation of a good relationship strengthens after we've been through bad relationships. Love is splendid and crazy. The ups, downs, good and bad times, good love, bad love, separations and reunions and break-ups combine to create interesting dynamics. This can show us who, how, and why we love. When a relationship is going well and the love is good, it is the best feeling. But when love takes a turn and things fall apart in a relationship, it can be the worst feeling. This may leave you...

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 Ways to Hook Up Your Online Dating Profile

5 Ways to Hook Up Your Online Dating Profile
Originally published on Jet Magazine Tips to help you stand out from the rest and snag his or her heart just in time... Did you know that 45% of relationships begin via online dating? The pros of online dating are many, but if you’re still struggling with your online dating profile, here are five quick ways to get your profile right. 1) Stop being so damn picky. You know the series of questions you get asked on each online dating site as you’re building your profile? The ones relating to your criteria in a partner? A lot of dating sites use your responses to measure not only who you ar...

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...

5 Ways to Invite Love Into Your Life

5 Ways to Invite Love Into Your Life
Originally Published in Jet Magazine A new year always brings new possibilities. It’s an opportunity to learn from past relationship mistakes, put bad relationships behind you and to love smarter so you can have a more fulfilling relationship. In order to obtain something new, you must try something new. Here are five ways to invite—and keep—love into your life. 1) Find your tribe. Think about how much effort you put into planning your favorite vacation. You get down to the nitty-gritty details to make sure each moment counts. Approach your dating life in the same way. Look at it as an...

5 PLACES TO MEET NEW PEOPLE IN CHICAGO

5 PLACES TO MEET NEW PEOPLE IN CHICAGO
Originally Published on ABC7Chicago.com Wednesday, January 11, 2017 02:16PM A big New Year resolution for singles is finding love, so to help us with this, we brought in "The Relationship Investigator" -- Elizabeth Overstreet! She wrote two books - "The Relationship Investigator's Fast Guide to Successful Dating" and "Love You & He Will Too: The Smart Woman's Roadmap for Happy, Healthy Relationships." Overstreet gave us hints on places to meet new people and ways to break the ice when meeting new people. ELIZABETH'S LIST OF 5 PLACES TO MEET NEW PEOPLE IN CHICAGO Singl...

5 MAJOR TURN OFFS FOR MEN

5 MAJOR TURN OFFS FOR MEN
If you want love ladies, here's what NOT to do... Originally published on Jet Magazine. OK, ladies, it’s your turn. Recently we wrote an article about what turns off women. As you know, our lists could be longer, but we kept it to five. But what about men? What turns them off and gives them pause in a relationship? After interviewing a panel of men, I realized that as much as we may think turning on a man is easy, you’ll never fully succeed if you are always turning him off. If you’re wondering what’s shutting down your relationship success, read on to discover the five ways in which...

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...

Love Hurts: How Society Justifies Domestic Abuse

Love Hurts: How Society Justifies Domestic Abuse
Originally published in Jet Magazine Power is a blockbuster hit show that airs on the Starz network. The writing is dynamic and the storyline about a man trying to get out of the drug business and go legitimate is full of twists, turns, and constant setbacks. A couple of weeks ago on the show, there was an explicit scene where one of the main characters, Tommy, killed his girlfriend, Holly. Her character was one of the more disliked personalities of the series, and social media was abuzz with people expressing happiness in seeing Holly’s character killed by Tommy. I shared the same se...

5 Rules of Relationship Self-Care

5 Rules of Relationship Self-Care
Originally published in Jet Magazine I’m sure you can relate, but I use to let things build to a crescendo. Work stress, taking care of my significant other, my daughter and everyone else’s needs above my own would literally push my stress levels so high to the point where I would hit the wall. Not literally, but emotionally. And I would just keep trying to continue to push myself forward without taking time to pause and care for myself. As you can imagine, this was quite ineffective. The bottom line was that when I neglected my own self-care, everything around me got out of whack. If...