Relationships


Relationships // April 8, 2015This article originally appeared on Danielle-Dowling.com. Read Part 1 here. :: Express your needs. Some people like to text every day. Some people need a lot of alone time. Some people want their partner to plan exciting dates. All of these needs are equally legitimate. But your partner will never know what your needs are if you don’t tell them. You don’t need to open a first date…
Dating // September 15, 2014Dear Made Woman,I want to write to you about something that many women have experienced: their man cheating. However you found out -- you caught him red-handed, he confessed to you, the other woman confessed to you….it all is a dagger to your heart. HOW he cheated, be it physical, emotional or both…doesn’t matter. It tears you apart. All of your friends and family throw in…
Relationships // September 2, 2014This article was originally posted on Baucemag.com and was written by Nicole Thompson.  The core issue with “total access” is that it undermines trust. Any truth that your lover tells you can be undone by speculation, misinformation or by small lies and even smaller secrets becoming exposed, igniting insecurities within your relationship. Your partner writing on their ex’s wall or tweeting about being at a concert…
Relationships // July 7, 2014This article was originally posted on Baucemag.com. Whether he’s happy or not, the mention of couple’s therapy is enough to send any guy running. The idea of airing out his dirty laundry in front of a stranger isn’t exactly what he’d consider a day well spent. But if your long-term relationship is in trouble, and you want to fix it, couples therapy may be just what…
Relationships // May 19, 2014 This is for all the women out there that want it all (myself included): a thriving career, close friends and a fulfilling relationship with a “special someone.” But what’s the problem when you have everything at your feet and the “world is your oyster?” There are simply not enough hours in the day to enjoy and dedicate yourself to everything. I was inspired to write…
Relationships // January 27, 2014This article was originally published on Danielle-Dowling.com. It sounds like this: It’s cold out, take a sweater. Don’t leave that here. Put it back where it belongs. That’s too expensive, you can’t spend that. Oh no, you can’t do that! Ladies: your guy is not a fresh-faced five-year-old. Men don’t need to be trained and scolded like puppies. For the love of your love life: resist…
Relationships // December 16, 2013When it comes to romantic relationships, almost nothing is more anxiety provoking than these two words: break up. It just sounds traumatic, doesn’t it? I guess that’s why we do crazy passive-aggressive things to end relationships instead of just confronting it head-on. Things like: 1. Not answer the phone as much (great idea: make him call you more) 2. Take hours to reply to text messages…
Relationships // November 18, 2013So if you clicked this article, you’re either A) bored at work and looking for something interesting, B) a weirdo like me who is just super fascinated by anything dating related or C) you actually suspect your boyfriend might be cheating on you. If it was “ding ding ding” Letter C for you, first off, I’m sorry, and secondly, I have to tell you that if…
January 30, 2012In a relationship there are many milestones to cherish: the first kiss, meeting the parents, saying “I love you” … and of course that first vacation together. Here are some tips and destination suggestions to help you plan a fun holiday in Blissville.For Travel Newbies: San DiegoFor those of us who live in and around L.A., a trip to this beach city is a toned-down home away from…
Love + Dating // August 26, 2013I spend most of my days volunteering in the greater Atlanta community and running a local non-profit program, while my fiancé is a busy graduate student earnestly working toward his PhD. My days as filled with youth outreach, giving presentations, Bible Study, and sometimes girl’s night. Add family obligations and daily chores into the mix and planning date night goes from candlelit dinners to…
Dating // May 6, 2013This article was originally published on Bauce Magazine and was written by Ahyana King.I don’t know how the dating/sex/marriage conversation went for most of you. But for me, it was this dance between random guerilla education tactics by my parents and the church. Then, it  was my human sexuality class freshman year, every Tuesday and Thursday, and church. Then, it was my work as an HIV…
Relationship No-Nos // December 3, 2012 We women can be a host of emotions, instincts and insecurities, which influence our behavior on a daily basis.  Think about image alone: We sacrifice comfort to wear sky-high heels because we like how they look. We spend crazy amounts of money on products that add colors and contours to our face that nature never intended to be there.  When it comes to dating…
Love + Dating // October 22, 2012 Long distance relationships are not for the fearful; they’re for the audacious.The brassy, bold + brave.You exchange massive time alone for fleeting doses of joy with your beloved.Critics say the long-distance relationship is doomed.Heartache inevitable.Dreams decimated.“You can’t go on that way forever,” they tout.But you insist you can.And as long as you do, you’ll be required to practice the qualities of faith + fortitudeIndependence…
September 24, 2012 Seriousness has an important place in love + life.Deep and meaningful conversations. Life-changing decisions.Support at times when emotions are running high.But playfulness is just as – if not more – important.Laughter is a language that people use to bond. To mend. To escape.People who take themselves too seriously (and lack any sense of lightheartedness) exude an emotional heaviness that penetrates their inner orbit + everyone in it.And quite…
May 7, 2012So you have a man… But should you stay in a relationship that’s making you miserable on all days that end in the letter “Y”? Alright, I don’t know you, Made Woman, but I do know that the dilemma of staying or leaving is frustrating. I love Keyshia Cole’s jam “Let it Go” just as much as the next tortured woman, but it still didn’t give me the…
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