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7 Keys to Successful Dating Post-College

7 Keys to Successful Dating Post-College

Dating is difficult. If you just came back from a rough first date, or spent a Friday night alone wishing you had somebody to love, you know what I’m talking about. It’s hard to find a date worth keeping. It gets more difficult once you’re out of college. When you’re...
The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages

One of my favorite books for couples is the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The premise of the book is simple, but profound. As people, we give and receive love in different ways. We tend to think our partner will receive love in the same way that we prefer to...
You Used to Be Romantic Like That

You Used to Be Romantic Like That

My fiancé and I were watching the Bachelorette the other day (I know, the things you do for love…), and the guys were laying it on pretty thick. One guy had written the Bachelorette a love poem that he recited to her, and another guy had written her an original song....
I Was Here… And It Mattered

I Was Here… And It Mattered

One of my favorite restaurants growing up was Geno’s East in Chicago. It served deep-dish Chicago-style pizza, the kind of pizza with golden, crumbly, crust and tons of cheese. I could usually only eat one or two slices before I was stuffed. One of the things that was...
Mary, Martha, and the Thing that Matters Most

Mary, Martha, and the Thing that Matters Most

There’s a great story in the Gospel of Luke that can teach us an important lesson about how best to connect with each other and with God. Here’s what happened: As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her...
Flowers, Bowling, and the Golden Rule

Flowers, Bowling, and the Golden Rule

When I was little, I loved to watch the Simpsons. One of my favorite episodes focused on Marge’s birthday. Homer got her a present, but when she opened it, it was a bowling ball with the name ‘Homer’ etched into it. Homer bought a present for Marge, but he bought her...
The Problem with Dual Relationships

The Problem with Dual Relationships

In psychology, we talk a lot about the importance of avoiding dual relationships. A dual relationship occurs when you have a different kind of relationship with a person in more than one setting. For example, if I took on a family member as a client, that would be a...
The Importance of Being Open

The Importance of Being Open

I think it is important to be open and connect with others, but I struggle to do this consistently. For example, I remember one morning, I was very focused on my work. I had my to-do list ready, and I was intent on crossing everything off. Even during the three...