I've always had a complicated relationship with food. A foodie for as long as I can remember, by the time I was 13, I weighed 13 stone. Constant teasing and self-consciousness finally led to a full-blown eating disorder in my late teens. After a great deal of hard work I managed to conquer my illness, and thankfully my love of food remained.
The 'But I thought we really got on!' date is one where, despite having an apparently successful evening, the proverbial phone line goes dead and you are left wondering what the hell happened.
Last week, during the course of a very complex divorce case, a wife was regaling stories of how her expectations of her marriage had fallen very short...
Many, many things in life are stressful. Work, finances, family drama...dating shouldn't be one of them. Sure, it's not always going to be rose petals and long walks on the beach, but at it's core, dating should be fun, not some drag on your resources-emotionally, mentally or financially.
I knew the long distance thing would be challenging, but I'd hoped that it might become easier over time. Long distance, though, can make the most firm relationship feel fragile regardless of hope, time and expectation. It's like throwing an egg in the air and catching it again and again, knowing it could break in your hands no matter how careful you are. It's not a ceramic egg either.
Here's the thing about men. They're not as complex as we like to make out. All this 'reading men's minds' business is quite frankly a load of poop. Why? Men tell it how it is. They give it to us straight. Sugar coating isn't usually their bag so if they don't want to see us again they normally say it.
Whatever the trigger for a couple taking such a step, divorce is never an easy or pleasant experience. But there are approaches which can make it more straightforward and somewhat less personally taxing, particularly if there are children involved.
Cancer can be as overwhelming for loved ones as it is for the patient and can sometimes change relationships in unexpected ways, including the effect it can have on marriages and intimate relationships.
What is wrong with people these days? Is it not enough that 70% of our Facebook feeds are filled with 'cute' babies and wild flower-ed, hipster weddings, we now have to suffer being liked, poked and commented on by couples joined at the 'account'.
Feminism and the fight for women's equality rights has never backfired as much as during the last decade. Where men demand from women to be what they want, i.e. equal. And rightly so.
Amongst all the tinsel, Christmas pudding and fairy lights Christmas can be a stressful time of year. The financial pressures and family demands to pull off that 'perfect' Christmas can put pressure on relationships. Here's some tips form me to help you through to a romantic New Year.
She called herself a "prize" to Dad, something which he has "won" and that I should think myself as a "prize" in my relationships, too. Whilst she wore this label like a badge of honour and saw it as some kind of compliment, I found being called a prize just as offensive had someone called me a sack of sh*t.
I thought I'd never be able to find anyone else who would have me, love me when I couldn't and hold me on those nights when I just needed to let everything out and cry. I'd lost that person that I could confide in and tell everything too. I felt anyone I dated, would see me as a burden.
These days, photos are still plastered over our Facebook albums, bringing someone face to face with the fact that their new partner's tongue was down another person's throat while they visited the Louvre, with a "Liked" comment, "That snog led to you scaling MY Eiffel Tower! ;) haha."
For many people, "single" is some what of a dirty word. They hope that it's a temporary thing, that soon they'll bump into the love of their life and finally, they won't be the dreaded single anymore, they'll be half of a duo, cloaked in the security of a relationship. While there is nothing wrong with falling in love, there is also nothing wrong with being single.
I was lost and confused after a recent break up and relocation. I was wooed by the image of myself I saw reflected in those reptilian eyes. We stated dating intensely; seeing each other regularly, he asked me to "be his girl", and gave me the keys to his house.