Communication is the life force that flows through healthy relationships, and partnerships can live or die on how effectively these channels of dialogue are kept open. Yet there's something about our very closest of connections that can make calm, considered and consistent communication challenging. No-one pushes our buttons quite like our other half, and when fragile feelings are involved, all bets are off. We could all do with a few pointers, so here's your ProperGirl guide to better communication with your beau…
You’re an adult, he’s an adult, right?!...that’s what your driver’s license says. The problem is that, just like the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, there are actually plenty of teenage boys lurking behind the disguise of a fully-fledged grown man. While some are simple to spot, they may not always be quite so easy to identify. Here are some of the signs that your man-child may not be ready to date a grown-up.
In today’s society more of us are facing singledom, at all stages of our life, than ever before. In fact, as the Washington Post highlights, there’s never been a time in US history where more adults are unmarried, with 109 million people either divorced, widowed or have never married. Whether you’re single by choice, or by circumstance, an absence of a partner in your life doesn’t have to mean the absence of love. So how do we make sure we still feel loved, even when we’re not in love?
For many, modern life involves carefully juggling personal relationships, expanding careers, family time and personal growth. There are only 24 hours in a day, and a demanding ‘To Do List’ can quickly eat away at them all. Just remember that anything worth having in life is going to require effort, and a marriage is no different.
Do a quick search online and you will no doubt be inundated with articles offering tips on how to get him back “guaranteed” or “for good”. It’s actually pretty worrying to see so many, so called, dating experts over social media dishing out advice on ways to win over an ex. Before you start masterminding a plot to bring him back into your life, consider these three things:
Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who seemed perfect for you on paper, but something was just off? He's educated, has a prestigious job, your parents would love him and he's even really good looking, but there's still something missing. These are the moments you may start to doubt your sanity or wonder if you're waiting for a fairy tale that doesn't exist. Maybe you should just settle for good enough and hope that a logic-based decision will eventually lead to an emotional connection and a satisfying relationship. But what if it doesn't?
Consider yourself blessed if you have a trusted group of friends who genuinely love, support and are loyal to each other. A circle of trust is a gift. However, a clique is different. A clique is not simply a circle of close girlfriends who are encouraging and supportive of each other. The problem begins when that group of friends intentionally isolate other women. That's when the circle becomes a clique.
Planning the ultimate girls' trip? Look no further, we've based these preferred destinations on a few top requirements: walkable streets, boutique hotels and spas, plus lots of activities to keep your girlfriends entertained. What makes these types of getaways so charming, no matter who you bring on your trips, is that there's something in each city for every type of girl to enjoy.
Your 30s are a beautiful time for friendships. By the time you’re at this stage, you have so much going on, and you need companions with whom to celebrate life. If you are going through a rough time, that's all the more reason to have a solid handful of friends who you can truly count on.