Editor's Note: I was advised when very young to heed the lessons imparted upon me by my elders or those who have lived certain aspects of life before me. In this piece, one mother reflects on her own marriage as her daughter prepares to embark upon married life herself. There's great wisdom here! Enjoy and learn :) - Feminista Jones ...more
This is a beautiful piece about the endurance of love in relationships and how little mementos, like photographs, remind us of the best of times...the moments we need to remember and keep close to our hearts.
Editor's Note: When you and your partner feel pressured into marriage, the chances of everything working out the way it is "supposed" to are slim. If the love is there, though, you can definitely make it work. It might just mean taking a non-traditional approach to strengthening your relationship. Read this honest piece about how divorcing breathed new life into one couple's marriage. ...more
There is quite the stigma attached to marrying young and even more attached to having kids young. If one sees a couple in their early twenties playing with a toddler at the park, one might assume certain things. Maybe they got pregnant and felt obliged to wed? Maybe they’re Mormon? I usually wonder if they’d like to be friends.
Editor's Note: Every relationship ebbs and flows and it is up to us to keep things fresh. After 14 years of marriage, 3 children, and a commitment to military service, Julie knows a bit about keeping her marriage to Martin fresh. Check out her tips if you're looking for creative ways to keep the fire going. -Feminista Jones Image: C.P. Storm via Flickr ...more
Editor's Note: Relationships are often tested by necessary changes that ultimately work out for the best...most of the time. In this piece, a wife reflects on how her husband's work shift changed and forced them to make adjustments to keep the love flowing and mojo going. - Feminista Jones
Do you regularly ask your parents, grandparents or older-generation people in your life questions about life, marriage, and parenting? If not, you're missing out on the knowledge they have to pass down. While things may have been different in their day -- like, omg, no need for letters to moms on iPhones back then -- they have a wealth of experience that can help us make sense of life in our times. Rebekah at Potholes and Pantyhose shared some things she learned by watching her parents -- who recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary.
Editor's Note: Social Media presents greater opportunity for people in relationships to get caught out there slipping and doing the things that can hurt their relationships. There's a lot of distraction out there, and it's not just about infidelity. Read more about how being fully engaged in social media activity can hurt your relationship if you're not careful, and ways to avoid it. -Feminista Jones ...more
Editor's Note: Before we can love others, we must learn to love ourselves. We must know that we are worth every ounce of love someone wants to share with us. This piece reflects on one simple, yet powerful mantra, "Know Yourself Beautiful" by famed author, Suzanne Finnamore, and how enbodying the meaning behind it changed one woman's life. Image: La Melodie via Flickr ...more
Editor's Note: A beautiful piece on how love compels us to work together and pull through even the roughest times in our relationship. An honest take on how introspection forces us to own our culpability in the friction and how we contribute to the tension. A nod to being focused and determined, perseverance through the darker times and the celebration of the joy on the other side. -Feminista Jones ...more