The Late Blooming Bride Blogs

Undecided Voters, Maybe You Should Rub One Out

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I came across a Reddit thread the other day about "Post Nut Clarity." I had no idea what the term meant, but the word "nut" gave me a clue. So after scrolling down a few hundred comments from mostly horny millennial guys, it became clear: Post nut clarity is an epiphany or realization you have after…
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Treva’s Statement On COVID-19

The pandemic has turned our world upside down. The way we live, interact, and connect, have all have been disrupted. Being single seems harder, dating feels more challenging, and it takes more effort to stay focused and motivated. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are creative solutions and…
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10 Life & Love Lessons from Me and Navy SEAL Admiral McRaven

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I bet you didn't know (and I'm sure he doesn't know either) but Navy SEAL Admiral William H. McRaven is an accidental dating and relationship expert. When he offered his 10 life lessons in a commencement speech to the University of Texas at Austin, he wasn't exactly talking about LOVE, but he could've…
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Falling In Love Is Scary AF

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Falling in love is a death-defying act. You're head-over-heels, topsy-turvy, with zero gravity, zero certainty, and no way of knowing which way is up. When you fall in love, you have no control, no grip, no balance. You're vulnerable, powerless, dizzy, exposed. You don’t know how you’ll land,…
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Dating Post-50: You Just Might Get What You Need

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So what does a single man in midlife looking for love really want? A lot less than you’d think. A few weeks ago I read an article about a widow in her 50s named Kerry McAvoy, who had just entered the online dating world after 30 years of marriage. What she found shocked her, but it didn’t shock…
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Single In A Pandemic? You've Got Options

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How’s your dating life going since the pandemic? Non-existent or “what pandemic?” Has it ground to a halt or going gangbusters? Have you gone into hibernation or gone wild? Or, have you realized you just don’t give a shit and deleted all your dating apps? There’s no bad answer here. It’s…
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Post-COVID Dating: The People You Still Need To Avoid

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There's going to come a time when life gets back to normal, and normal dating will resume. Other than still practicing some social distancing and washing your hands every five seconds, chances are, you'll still be the same person you were before the pandemic, and so will the people you'll be dating. Except…

Vulnerability Is The New Black

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Did you see Brené Brown’s interview on CBS 60 Minutes a few weeks ago, where she sang the praises of vulnerability? It spoke to me. In fact, it moved me so much, I watched it again online because I didn’t want to miss a single piece of her wisdom. And it wasn’t just wisdom she doled out, it was…

Keeping Love Alive In The Time Of Coronavirus

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If there was ever a time to rethink how we love and live, it's now. The coronavirus has changed life as we know it: how we live, function, do business, socialize, and date. But all is not bleak. Life will go on, and hopefully with more awareness and mindfulness. In the time of coronavirus, I think…

We Need To Have A Talk About Having "The Talk"

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Picture this scenario: You’ve been in a relationship for a few months, and things are going well. There’s intimacy and possible signs of real commitment. There's potential here, but you’re purposely keeping it light and letting things unfold. You see a future with this BF/GF, so you’re making…
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One Day You Will Thank The Ex Who Dumped You

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Believe it or not, your anger will turn into gratitude. It might not be tomorrow, or next week. It might not be a month, a year, or even a few years, but in time, you will look back upon the ex you once reviled and the breakup that almost killed you, and say thanks. I had a boyfriend I was madly…

You're Not Truly Compatible Unless You Have This

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Before I got married for the first time at 51, I thought I knew what true compatibility was: connecting on a mind, body, and soul level. If we connected on enough levels, we were compatible. Compatibility meant we had potential, possibility, maybe even a real shot at love. Everyone has their own definition…

I've Co-Hosted A Podcast About Love For A Year, Here's What I've Learned

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It began five years ago when I got married for the first time at 51. My husband, also a marriage first-timer, was 57. I thought it was an interesting story. Here we are, two people in our 50s, with no exes, no kids, no baggage (emotional, maybe) manage to find each other after a lifetime of looking. To…

Self-Improving Your Chances At Love

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“I am the most important mover of my chances in life.” I don’t know where I found this saying--probably in a self-improvement or personal growth blog—all I know is that it resonated so much with me, I highlighted the text, enlarged the font, printed it out, cut it into a strip, placed it on…

Romance Is Dying, Here's How To Save It

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Sorry, technology, I love you, but you’re ruining romance. You’re killing it. Sucking the life out of it. You’re the death knell of courtship—a soon-to-be lost art if someone doesn’t do something about it. On one hand, technology has been a shot in the arm to dating, helping people find…

Admit It, You Suck At Relationships

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It's OK, you can admit it. You suck at relationships. You're great getting into them, pretty decent getting out of them, but you suck at staying in them. You're not alone. I used to suck at relationships, too. Most times, it was me. Sometimes it was them. I’d get restless, lose interest,…

Dating TMI: Let It Rip Or Keep It Zipped?

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“We had magic, it was immediate bliss. Being with him was a perfect world. We would connect on such a deep level, and he made me feel beautiful. It felt loving and honest. We could talk for hours about anything. But after he’d go home, things would change. He’d call the next day, and be moody…

Surviving Breakup Hell

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Your world is shattered, your guts are wrenched, your soul is crushed, your ego blown, and your heart is broken into a million pieces. Welcome to Breakup Hell, the absolute worst place on earth. Before I got married for the first time at 50, I must've visited Breakup Hell a thousand times, and…

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?…