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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The marriage checklist for the woman with a type-A personality

Ask your girlfriends what they want in a husband. Most of their answers are in list form and go like this: has x color eyes and x color hair, makes x amount of money, has x career and so on. I'm here to tell you that those lists of wants -- musts, even -- are … Continue reading The marriage checklist for the woman with a type-A personality

Running is like a relationship

As someone who's in a serious committed relationship -- and about to tie the knot -- I know that there are plenty of ups and downs when it comes to love. One moment I think my fiance is the greatest person in the world; I want to kiss him and snuggle up with him, and … Continue reading Running is like a relationship

My engagement ring is more than a sparkly diamond

When it comes to engagement rings, I've been through it all. I went through four rings in the first six months of my engagement. Yes, you read that correctly -- FOUR RINGS! It wasn't the princess in me demanding a bigger, better diamond. Instead, it was the deception that occurs in the jewelry industry, particularly … Continue reading My engagement ring is more than a sparkly diamond

Finding love online

Unfortunately, Tinder and the swipe-right phenomenon have made online dating for millennials appear to be solely sex centered. And maybe that's true for some, but not for my fiance, Blake, and me. We met on Plenty of Fish, a free dating website, and we are most definitely a success story. Come March 2, we will … Continue reading Finding love online

5 reasons to have a planned elopement

An elopement doesn't have to mean you and your future spouse on the steps of a courthouse; it doesn't have to mean sneaking away in the dark of night without telling your family and friends; it doesn't have to mean that you're ashamed to be getting married. Eloping can be just as glamorous and exciting … Continue reading 5 reasons to have a planned elopement

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