Meet a boy, fall in love, have adventures, lazy Sundays, make memories, get married, settle down, throw a Toddlermonster or two into the mix and before long you can barely recognise yourselves.
I was fourteen years old when I had my first 'boyfriend'. What kind of relationship can you have at that age? After two weeks, I thought to myself, "I do not have time for this", so I broke it off and went back to favorite hobby at the time: dancing.
Divorce is often a difficult journey and whilst that journey varies from person to person, almost everyone only reaches their Divorce Monday after having tried harder than most people can imagine possible. Whilst there's no denying that divorce is a hard path to take, it's certainly no failure.
You know that feeling where someone you love has been lying to you? That feeling of having the rug pulled from under you? Imagine that feeling generated by the person you love most in the world. Then imagine it happening again. And again, and again.
Aside from the most obvious tips of not being hungover and getting up late, I've put together my 10 top tips for your wedding day. 1. Eat a nice breakfast full of protein that will keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Potentially, brides can go long periods without any food so this is very important.
It doesn't matter if you have been with someone 12 days or 12 months, feelings can sometimes change in an instant. Either that, or the feelings they had were never real in the first place and they were just swept up in the excitement of a new person.
I knew from day one it wouldn't be easy to be with him. But the sober days totally outweighed the few drunk days to start with. And after months of applying for work, like any person to get the city job was a real achievement for him. When he was sober for roughly four months he was kind, loving and didn't speak to me like I was an idiot.
Usually the decree absolute marks the end of my work with my divorce clients, however, recently I have been getting back in touch with some of them to find out how they are getting on now. With them all I have found they are in a much better place in their lives
I've recently gone on a break with my boyfriend as we were arguing too much. I couldn't see any other way forward (aside from ending it completely which I wasn't quite ready to do) than to just take some time apart to think about what it was we really wanted.
A small yet growing number of my clients are telling me that having either their own or their partner's adult children living with them is a contributing factor in their relationship break down. In some cases adult children are moving back and bringing their own partner with them.
So, whether you are the initiator of the divorce, it has been a collaborative decision or you have been dealt the blow by your partner, divorce does not have to destroy you. On the contrary it can be a very cathartic experience (not necessarily pain free), if you are willing to engage in the process.
It's all very different now that when I was last here. Not different good or different bad but distinctly different. Strange almost. Like I've missed the evolution and have been thrown into a whole new world having been sheltered to what has gone before. Sure I'd heard the rumours but I never thought they would concern. Yet here I am.
Ever met a couple that has worked out long term where one half's idea of fun is checking how many calories they have burned on a fitbit and the other one just wants to see how many slices of pizza they can fit into their mouth at one time? Me neither.
It's far less pressure to spend time looking for rings online, on your own, so that you can compare gradings, carat sizes and reviews of the jewellers. You can also decide if you want to search around for discount codes or wait for a sale, which you are unlikely to do if you are shopping together.
Instead of spending quite so much time on their careers, though, is an equally good investment spending time on building a relationship? And far from the age-old reluctance to hire a married woman out of fear of the maternity leave, why should you be looking for a relationship if you want to build your career?
That was before the whole "Tinder" age took over and things have obviously reached a new low. The amount of terrible texts, emails, voicemails and even EMOJIS used to breakup with people is now beyond a joke. And it needs to stop.