Happily Never After Update: Meet Mike

I have a bit of a confession to make. For the last few years, I’ve been writing all this stuff about ‘relationships’ and ‘dating’ and ‘being single’, and to be quite honest, it was all speculation and theory; I didn’t know if “Prepping for Prince Charming” was actually a real thing, or if it was […]

7 Ways to Lead with Love

7. Tell people how you feel about them: For some reason, we hold compliments sacred, as if by giving out too many, we will somehow exhaust our resources and we will suck away at the amount of compliments available to us, and so we just don’t share them. It’s like the supply of velvet Elvis paintings–only […]

The Stuff Stories are Made Of

Sometimes, I think reading too many stories can be detrimental to us. Take the award-winning new drama, “This is Us”; what attracts people to the T.V. show is how the show handles real-life situations. Yes, we all may not necessarily have a famous Manny as our brothers, but we certainly know someone who has weight […]

Rejection and Rachel’s Obligation

This week, Rachel on The Bachelorette will essentially have rejected all but one “last man standing”. In preparation for this week’s episode, I’ve been contemplating: how much explanation DOES one owe when instigating a break up? Let’s back track a few years ago. I once had this boyfriend who called me one day on the phone and […]

Fate & Furies, Starring “Mathilde Yoder”

I absolutely loved Lauren Groff’s novel, Fate and Furies. It runs right in line with the same themes of loneliness and relationships (much like my favorite novel, The Transit of Venus) that I’ve been ruminating on for some time. As a contemporary piece, the novel runs right in line with the trending themes of this contemporary movement: […]

T.V Reality? & “13 Reasons Why”

Like everyone else in the world, I recently started watching 13 Reasons Why. I have not finished the entire show yet, so I cannot give an official reaction of the whole series (it is like a book–I can’t tell you if Edna Pontiller’s walk into the ocean in The Awakening was selfish or a beautiful […]

In Defense of Love Letters

As we all know, time is something that passes us by quicker than we would like, and one of my favorite things about writing is that that writing allows us to capture a suspended moment in time. Its always enlightening, and quite entertaining, to look back through my high school journals and see a suspended […]

Why Nice Guys Finish Last

Dating requires some salesmanship skills. Because time is always of the essence, like a job interview, you need to sell yourself in the first five minutes to really ensure you will move into Round 2. There certainly are examples all over pop culture of the Not-Nice Guy, getting the girl–Don Draper at the top of […]

1 Corinthians 13:5

5″  [Love] does not dishonor others…” In church a few weeks ago, we focused on 1 Corinthians 13 (perhaps one of the most widely read verses), and were given the task of implementing one of the commandments each week. As I sat in church that Sunday, I contemplated which task I wanted to undertake. I’ve […]

How to Ask a Girl on a Date.

(This post has kind of exploded into many different ramblings, so I’m going to give you subheadings so you can skip to the sections that are most relevant to you) Audience: Now, this works for a girl you have seen a few times, perhaps through mutual friends, a girl you talk to a few times […]