Love and Relationships

UNCHARTED FLASHES

There’s something about change that triggers negativity to rise. Perhaps the things we hide, reject, deny and dismiss to the side are the treasures that push us to make a real transformation. What we don’t allow ourselves to feel, eventually comes back to manifest itself in some other shape or color. Sometimes the anger we have held inside of us for many years starts to reflect the relationship we establish with our body. Perhaps the resentment towards one our parents starts to become more evident within our relationships, or maybe an emotional trauma in our early years has made a hole so deep within us that we have learned to cover it up with unfulfilling relationships. There are many things we hide or avoid because we are afraid of unleashing emotions we consider “bad, negative, un...

A RAY OF HOPE

There once lived a swan her world a hullabaloo beauty camouflaged in flaws her spirit the strongest hue she battled on with the current upstream struggling to catch up hesitant to break a beam landing herself in an unfamiliar dawn she began to swallow the verity alone intense and vulnerable she bore a heart of mayhem masked under serenity on one of those days of flounder a cob flew down , his wings fluttering he dabbled along her side helping her reach her food with a swing as he swam past her wake sweeping the ruffling ripples with ease the still waters transpiring her reflection he made her look at the beauty she never knew she was as the moons shined on the cob continued showing her the path the obstacles never seized, but she would now not dither as she realized she was indeed a beauti...

HERE

No one tells you That mainly it’s important for a person To be there. Mentally Physically Emotionally Soulmates and connections are dreamy But for all the heartbeat skips and giddy feelings Someone who is on the sofa Listening Talking Being Next to you That’s important We’ve all met a person (or persons) that makes our stomachs do weird flip-flops. A person who has us blinking in amazement and gushing to our best friends…, “We have so much in common! Its scary, weird, uncanny!” The kind of person and connection that makes you fall quick and hard and see cartoon hearts and want to just hold hands and jump on a plane to Paris with a virtual stranger. It’s like falling headfirst into adventure and possibilities, you feel like singing and dancing and making ...

WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE SAYS #METOO

It’s everywhere now, women and men alike sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and assault or simply saying nothing more than “me, too.” The undeniable presence of the norms surrounding sexual misconduct become more evident every time someone shares their experience. These experiences typically involve shame, fear, hiding, telling lies and struggling to find normalcy after the trauma.  For many, this week has brought about a terrifying realization: someone they love was sexually assaulted and they didn’t know.  Maybe that’s you. Maybe you didn’t know your loved one was living in fear. Struggling with trauma and daily confronting the effects of what happened to them. Maybe you didn’t know, but now you do—and how you respond is very important.  I asked for input from survivors about...

IN FAVOR OF FANNING AN OLD FLAME

Me: 15, clear braces, Natalie Imbruglia bob, dance team co-captain, all-girls Catholic high school  Him: 16, no braces, adorable, moppy-haired soccer player, all-boys Catholic high school  We met Junior year while I was waiting for my mom to pick me up from dance team practice at his school. I had seen him a few times running laps around the field, he had seen me rehearsing a few times and asked for my school photo (which I gave him only after writing something cutesy on the back that probably ended in “xoxo,” of course). He asked me to Homecoming shortly after that, and then we dated for almost three months (an eternity back then), breaking up a few days before Valentine’s Day 2000. At the time, this was the end of all life for me, worse than whatever everyone had predicted Y2K would be a...

SORRY ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH

To my friends, Jennifer, Chloe, Megan and Amanda: I’m sorry.   And I know, my sorry isn’t good enough.  Because up until this point, I haven’t really, fully apologized. Sure, I’ve sent some emails or text messages; nothing outright apologetic.  I’m sorry.  I’m sorry I wasn’t a good friend and at times did unkind and downright mean things. I’m sorry I’ve lost your friendship.  When I was younger, after a particularly heinous crime I committed (and there were so many, I’ve lost count) I’d go to my mother and say, “I’m sorry.”   Her reply was always the same: “Sorry isn’t good enough.”   She never elaborated, she never explained, she never accepted my apologies and in a misguided sense, I think the wisdom she meant to imp...

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD YOU BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

As a seasoned photographer and cinematographer, I get asked a lot of questions. I love it because it let’s me know that people really care about their wedding experience. It also let’s me know that they trust me as a professional to ask questions. One of the most frequent questions I get asked by couple’s booking wedding photography or videography services is how far in advance should they booked their wedding vendors.  Most reputable vendors and venues book six months to one year in advance. Here’s a guide that works for most weddings when it comes to Wedding Photography & Videography:   Wedding Photography   Depending on the popularity of your wedding date and the wedding photographer you desire to hire, an available date may be limited. Most photographers and videographe...

WHY YOU SHOULD STOP WAITING FOR THE PERFECT MATCH

Dating in 2017 is an endless waiting game, with popular relationship advise on social media continuously cautioning us about the type of person that every girl or guy should wait for. But what exactly are you waiting for? Dig deeper than the list of wonderful qualities that you desire in an ideal mate and ponder why you value those traits as much as you do in the first place.   In the past, I was basically waiting to stumble upon someone who would compensate for my own shortcomings or inadequacies and love me more than I loved myself. If this also sounds like your current dating approach, then I encourage you to stop wasting your precious time waiting for your perfect mate because the only factor that determines who you attract is you and how much you love yourself. A better use of your wa...

#SUPERWOMAN BEGINNING IN THE MIDDLE | CO-FOUNDER CATHERINE WILLIAMSON TALKS TO HARNESS

On renovating homes, working with her husband and quitting her job The before and after pictures are truly spectacular — from broken walls, floral wallpaper and old tiles, Catherine Williamson and her husband, Bryan Williamson, transform lifeless spaces into bright, welcoming homes. The images speak for themselves as Catherine and Bryan build an empire. With reality television show offers, 50K followers on Instagram and features on sites like Oprah.com –we wanted to learn more about the co-founder of Beginning in the Middle, a former accountant from New Jersey. Catherine is the oldest of five siblings. Growing up, their mom did not want them to have cable, so they played with each other and made crafts. “That fostered a lot of creativity in all of us,” Catherine said. “I just r...

IS EVERYONE DATING BUT ME?

One day, while scrolling through my personal Instagram account, a strange thought crossed my mind. Is it just me, or is everyone  dating?  As I scrolled through engagement announcements, wedding photos, anniversary celebrations and newborn photo shoots, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was normal to still be single and enjoy it.  I’m only 24, of course  it’s normal. But only a few weeks earlier I was in an entirely different place: Tinder, if we’re being honest (we’ve all been there,  I won’t tell if you won’t). It was a few months post break-up, and there I was, already in search of the next relationship to fill the void because being alone terrified me. Everyone around me seemed to be in a relationship, and it was all I could see.  This is the first ti...

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BOY I PUSHED AWAY

“It’s not you it’s me.”  No, really. You were perfect. You were quirky in an adorable way. You looked at life the way I only pretended to – full of life and without regret. There was a sweetness to your innocence, yet something I could resonate with. You were so eager to show me your world; your favorite bands, your record collection, but most importantly your photographs. What I loved most was your knack for finding the beauty in the simplest of things.    I will always remember that night you took me into the city. It’s imprinted in my memories because of its simplicity and perfection. We drove past the endless skyline and in that moment, I was reminded how alive we were. You showed me a parts of the city I had never seen before that made me feel so alive. While I stared out ...

HOW I GAINED A LIFE PARTNER IN 10 DAYS

I believe I found the one on a trip to Machu Pichu.  No, I did not meet him there, but I believe in all of my heart I found my partner there.  Over the years we have been together people ask how did you meet and well, that is a story in itself for another time.  We really did have an unprecedented start.  Shortly into our spending time together, but not actually dating, he asked me where were my top five places I wanted to go in my life.  I rattled them off thinking nothing of it.  One week later he showed up with plane tickets to Peru and said tag you are it. The ultimate game of chicken, no?  I paused and said hold that thought.  See, I was divorced and raising my daughters alone and we did not have family around; I needed to figure it out.  One day later, I said yes.  His response was, ...

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