When the honeymoon phase ends: On keeping your marriage strong

Several of my friends have recently gotten engaged, and it's reminded me of the year when Blake and I were engaged. People loved us. They loved hearing how we met, what we had planned for the honeymoon, where we planned to live after we were married, etc. That glow lasted all the way through our … Continue reading When the honeymoon phase ends: On keeping your marriage strong

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When it’s okay to put yourself first

You'll come upon a time in your life -- probably at a major life event -- when you have to decide between pleasing yourself and pleasing others. Here's some big news: It's okay to choose pleasing yourself. You may be labeled selfish, immature and inexperienced, but you have to go with your gut. Some situations … Continue reading When it’s okay to put yourself first

Here comes the bride and here comes the sexism

Since getting engaged, I've encountered traditional and quite sexist notions regarding the wedding. Even in a modern era and a progressive nation, it's automatically expected that my father pay for my wedding. Additionally, my fiance has made comments about how he'd love for me to plan the whole wedding, and he'll just show up on … Continue reading Here comes the bride and here comes the sexism

Saying “I do” to a busy, stressful 2016

Big news! Blake proposed on Christmas Eve, and I said yes! While the ring is gorgeous, the best part of the gift is getting to have my best friend forever. I truly had a life-changing Christmas. It has also been rather stressful. As soon as I opened the box, the wedding plans started whirring in … Continue reading Saying “I do” to a busy, stressful 2016