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Singles Sex: When To Have It, When Not To Have It

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  “I’m dating, when should I have sex?” On the first date? Third date? After a month? As soon as you lose 10 pounds? When to have sex depends on what you want, where you’re at, and most importantly, what your needs and goals are. “I WANT THIS RELATIONSHIP TO LAST” If you…

Is Donald Trump F-ing With Your Love Life?

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It’s been over a year since the 2016 presidential campaign, nine months since the election, and six months since the inauguration, and I’ve just gotta know: Is Trump cramping your dating style? Are you a Republican finding it harder to hook up? Are you a Democrat getting laid left and right?…

The 3 Dirtiest Words In Dating

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Benching. Breadcrumbing. Ghosting. You may not have heard these words before, but if you’re single and dating in 2017, chances are, you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve been a victim of one of these dirty dating practices, you have my sympathies. If you’ve ever knowingly committed…

"The Trump Effect" And How It's Affecting Me

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This blog post isn’t about Donald Trump the candidate. It’s not about his platform or policies, or his vulgar comments caught on tape last week. In fact, this post isn’t about politics at all. It’s about Donald Trump the bully, and the effect his bullying is having on me. “The Trump Effect,”…

Can You Find The Love In Being Single?

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  Before I got married, I had an on-again/off-again affair with being single. When we were on and things were good, I loved it; but when we were off, I hated it. There’s a lot to love about being single: you’ve got freedom and independence; you can come and go as you please; and…

Maybe It's Time To Go On A Digital Dating Diet

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  “Enough!” said a friend recently who had it with online dating. She was fed-up, burned out, and ready to breakup. It's too much work, with little return, she complained. In protest, she was going to delete all her dating apps and join a nunnery. She's no nun, but she does have a…

Confessions Of A Closet Neurotic

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People who know me as a personal trainer know I'm pretty tough. I’m strict. I’m disciplined. I push my clients to aim high, to work through their self-doubts, and to face their fears and find their strength—both physically and emotionally. And I get results. How? Because I've worked through…

Dear Ladies of Online Dating, This Letter Is For You

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A few months ago, a college friend of mine who’s an avid online dater, received a note in her dating site inbox. It’s a love letter of sorts, in that the guy who wrote it was genuinely interested in her. But as you’ll see, the love didn’t last long. It was over before it even began, and they…

Feel Love, Be Free, Live Life, And Other Things To Do Before You Die

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What do you want to do before you die? Who do you want to be? How do you want to live? Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang's urban art installation project “Before I Die” is not about death. It's not a bucket list of things to do and see before you die. Rather, it's a thought-provoking…

The Clooney Effect And Why It's Good For Smart Chicks

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To all my girlfriends lamenting the lack of men wanting intelligent, independent, self-reliant women, I say phooey! There are plenty of good men out there looking for good, substantive women. Don't believe me? Just ask George Clooney. If you didn’t notice last Sunday, George Clooney and Amal…

The Beauty Of F*cking Up

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The coming of Yom Kippur has me thinking about regret and guilt - you know, the usual suspects when it comes to feeling shitty about yourself. On Yom Kippur, we’re given a day to atone for our sins, to clean the slate, to clear our conscience, and make things right, while we fast for 24 hours…

Yoga Teachers: Be One Or Date One, It's All The Rage

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A funny thing is happening in the yoga world according to the Wall Street Journal and the Hollywood Reporter. Not exactly your go-to fitness resources, but there they were – stories about how yoga is changing the landscape of people’s careers and social lives. It seems that yoga enthusiasts are…

Surviving Single Life: 10 Tips

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Only child, divorced parents, single forever, yep, you could say I know a thing or two about being alone and on my own. Been there, done that, lived it, and survived. So can you. Whether you’re just entering singledom for the first time, or been there forever, single life is a journey-- a beautiful,…

Graduation Day: A Celebration And Sad Reminder

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If you’re someone like me who tried to have kids and couldn’t, there are times in life that can be sad reminders. For most child-free women, it’s probably Mother’s Day: an emotionally tough day for those of us who will never have children of our own to celebrate us. I can get through Mother’s…

My Life As A New Wife: The Year In Review

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Celebrating my first wedding anniversary made me feel kind of like Miss America coming to the end of her reign: triumphant, honored, and just a little bit sad to give back the tiara and say goodbye to my title of newlywed. But I must, because now at end of Year One, I am officially a wife - with…

The Agony And The Ecstasy: Memories Of Online Dating

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Before I got married, I had a love/hate relationship with online dating. JDate and I had a torrid romance, an on-again, off-again love affair, filled with highs and lows, starts and stops, and plenty of hits and misses. There was never a dull moment for me and JDate; we broke up a million times, but…

Midlife Dating: Men, What Say You?

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I gave the guys a little dating tough love in my last blog post, so it’s only fair to give the guys some equal time to speak on the state of the midlife singles scene as they see it. I wanted to know how men feel about dating fellow boomers, so I gathered up a few of my middle-aged guy friends,…

Fast & Furious: Dating Men In Their 50s

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Fellas, if you’re in your 50s, single and dating (and feeling like you’re not getting anywhere), consider this a little friendly feedback from the ladies. Maybe you’ve heard it all before, maybe it doesn’t apply to you, maybe you already know it all. It doesn’t matter, because when it comes…

Burping And Farting: Marriage Is A Gas!

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I've been married for a little over six months now, and as comfortable as I am around my husband, I still can’t bring myself to burp or fart in front of him. I will do anything to avoid anything intestinal in his presence. This includes holding it in, sucking it up, breathing through it, and…

When Your B.F.F. Turns Into A P.O.S.

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There are friend breakups, and then there are friend blowups. You know the kind: a falling out with a friend that turns into a spectacular flameout of epic proportions, complete with bad-mouthing and betrayal. A friendship can blow up over something as simple as a little misunderstanding, to some deep…