We need a new definition of love. One that is based on mutual respect and healthy boundaries. And we need to stop accepting anything less. To help you recognize and dismantle unhealthy patterns in your own life, here is a list of common manipulation tactics that are all too often accepted as “normal” relationship behaviors
I cannot overemphasize the importance of having a truly excellent welcome book (a.k.a. house manual) in your home. The welcome book is your stand-in, their go-to guide when you are out and about. Even if you are on-site full time, I still recommend creating a welcome book that guests can refer to when you’re running […]
Consent, in addition to being a major buzzword in the post-#metoo world, is an incredibly important concept in human relationships, especially in regards to sex. But what does it actually mean? By the dictionary definition, consent is simply agreeing to a given proposal: And this is exactly how it generally plays out in our culture: […]
Aside from the fact that she was Jewish and had been forced into hiding to forestall being killed by Nazis along with the rest of her family, we were practically twins.
It was just after 2 PM when I arrived in Tarragona, Spain. I had been traveling since early morning, and was absolutely ravenous. “First order of business,” I told myself, readjusting my enormous backpack, “find something to eat.” Sounds straightforward enough, right? I was soon to discover that, in Spain, the siesta is in full […]
I thought of myself as a “friendship expert” until I realized my life didn’t pass the Bechdel Test. Top 3 friendship lessons for women.
I am the worst kind of people-pleaser. I’m a downright people-appeaser. When I was in second grade, for example, I was so terrified of interrupting my teacher during story time that I refused to even ask if I could go to the bathroom, even though I had to go really, really badly. I held it […]
My best friend Maryann and I love to travel. But after her diagnosis with a chronic, life-threatening illness, we had to make some adjustments. Here’s what we learned.
How is Swiss Cheese like a spiritual experience? They’re both holy and can lead to life-saving epiphanies.
How does a girl with terrible grades end up graduating with honors from a prestigious liberal arts university? Moxie, that’s how.