Unpacking the Phrase: ‘I’m Dating My Best Friend’

Unpacking the Phrase I_m Dating My Best Friend

By Jillian Leslie

New age romance means being in love with your “best friend” …or does it? It seems like every month, this same narrative is being glorified and plastered somewhere between E! News and/or in a slew of celebrity magazines. All of which are cleverly titled, “I’m dating my best friend!” Admittedly, my initial thought upon seeing this is usually, “how sweet!” or “what a cool/idyllic romance!” But, in giving more thought to this phenomenon, it got me thinking, what exactly IS so appealing about calling your romantic partner your best friend?

While I have a lot of questions surrounding this topic, I know one thing is for sure: all opinions on this topic have to do with how one personally defines “best” friendship. Continue reading

3 Things No One Told Me About Long Distance Relationships

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By Megan Kramer 

From movies to books to magazines, the sentiment is everywhere: long distance relationships don’t work.

But as someone who has been in one for more than a year—and who has watched my still-married parents endure multiple military deployments of various lengths—I’d like to respectfully disagree. As long as you are willing to put in the work, and not shame yourself for making it work in your own way, long distance relationships are possible. Continue reading

6 Tips For Surviving A Long Distance Relationship

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

The spring of 2014 found me living in Washington, D.C. – a long-time dream of mine. I was on the cusp of my 30th birthday and enjoying success in my job. Part of the reason I moved from my hometown of Charlotte to the even bigger city of D.C. the previous year was that I had just come out of a very toxic relationship that had ended as a result of him cheating on me. It was time for me shake the dust off of my feet and start a new chapter in my life. Needless to say, I was not looking to date anyone but sometimes life changes our mind. Continue reading

10 Unexpected Gifts I Discovered Through My Divorce

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By Heather Angiletta

I do not advocate divorce. It sucks. It is a dream killer that will likely rip you into one thousand pieces.

But if you are at a point grappling whether your marriage is where you should be (and have done couples counseling, individual counseling, dealt with your own shit, given it time, and generally tried to step up and make it work), then I have something I want to tell you. Continue reading

4 Women Share Their Best ‘Kiss And Make Up’ Kind Of Advice

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By De & Kate

Because there is now a day dedicated to celebrating everything under the sun, from ice cream sandwiches to miniature golf, we aren’t too surprised to find today marked as ‘Kiss and Make Up Day.’ That being said, in living alongside other human beings who don’t always feel, think, believe, and act in the same way we do, isn’t every day somewhat of a kiss and make up kind of day? Continue reading