I Asked 6 Guys To Dinner and They All Said No

When I started my blog, I saw myself as Carrie Bradshaw. Reality check: I'm Bridget Jones.If a semi-attractive girl with a fun job, sparkling personality, and killer (or so I’m told) smile, asked you to be her date for a five-course wine pairing dinner at a “fancy” restaurant, what would you say?The answer wasn’t what I hoped…to say the least....more
Try not to feel so bad about this.  Maybe the dinner just wasn't the best idea for a first date? ...more

An Apology To Every Friend I’ve Bullied Into Cheating On Their Diet

Dear [insert probably every person I’m close to],I’m sorry for not understanding why you couldn’t have dinner or drinks while you were on your diet. I also sincerely apologize for nagging/blowing up your phone/showing up at your doorstep with wine until you gave in.Please understand that I love sitting down over dinner with a loved one and just talking and talking…and drinking and talking. This is my favorite thing to do ever. I consider it our bonding time, the equivalent of family dinner, and a personal affront when you say no....more

The One That Got Away

To say that I’ve had a bad run with dating recently would be the understatement of the century. I can barely take myself seriously anymore when asked about my love life, and I’m starting to wonder if my friends can either.For example, there I was, perched on a barstool at my favorite local haunt, when one of my best friends inquired about the “boy du jour.” Yep, she asked it just like that – which stung – a lot....more
adelewishnot Good luck! :)more

I Spent 15% of My Salary on a Relationship "Coach" & All I Got Was a Lousy List

I spent 15% of my annual income (BEFORE taxes) on a dating/relationship coach. I won’t tell you the exact amount because A) You’ll know how much I make a year, and B) I’ll look like a total idiot.What I thought would be an intensive three-month program that would completely change my life was really six one-hour long phone calls, a CD, and a handful of emails…for 15% of my yearly salary....more
Thanks for this post! I really needed to hear/read this.more

#WhyILeft: I Have My Voice Back

I didn't understand that I was in a verbally and emotionally abusive relationship until I received the following texts last night. And then it all clicked. ...more

Always The Bridesmaid...and Godmother...and Party Planner, Never The Bride Or Anything Else Particularly Cool

Firstly, please forgive me for the cliche title and secondly, before you judge me as a jealous, wicked stepsister type, hear me out. I am so very happy for my friends. They have found wonderful men to share their lives with and I am honored to stand by them while they start their new journeys. I am also thrilled that some of them are popping out babies...on purpose. (Confession: I don't know if I'll ever get used to that. It still makes me shudder, cute as they are. )...more
My beef with my married and kidded friends is that they speak to me as if my single status has ...more


Even though I wrote this almost a year ago on July 16, 2012, this was a pivotal learning for who I am today. And while the relationship I speak of ended (and I'm no longer in LA), I am so grateful for him and that experience. ...more
@danicamichelle loved your post! :) and i agree, it is so important to find someone who is ...more

A Year Ago Today

A year ago today we buried my dad – the day after Mother’s Day, a holiday that will forever be bittersweet. He was my best friend, my confidant, and unconditional love. My world ended....more

I'll Meet You In Switzerland

My favorite story about my father is something you only find in fairy tales. Because truth be told, he really was my mom’s prince. Image: Joelle Pittman via Memtolax At 24, my mom thought my 30 year-old dad was too old to date her; but nevertheless, he persistently asked her out. She eventually relented, but he could never quite convince her that he was truly serious. ...more
@Falling Down Under  @kristenTsetsi Thank you so much for your kind words! :)more

Horse Shows After My Father's Death

Now I understand why my mom didn't want me to start riding horses again. It wasn't that she thought it was too dangerous or too expensive (although I'm sure that was part of it). It was because she dreaded the phone call she received today – me in hysterics....more