Relationships

How My Ex Helped Me Get Clear On What I Needed

I dated this guy for a while. Let’s call him Dave. I liked Dave because he was patient, adventurous, and I felt like I could be myself around him. This was during a time when I attracted emotionally unavailable men, so Dave was, of course, emotionally unavailable.  Despite us “breaking up,” we still hung out often …

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4 Important Things You Need for Healthy Long-Term Relationships

I like talking about friendships because friendships set the tone for all your intimate relationships, including romantic.  Looking at my closest + long-term friendships of 20+ years, the reason we are friends is not because we like the exact same things. While we have some interests in common, the way we approach many aspects of …

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Why It’s Important Now (More Than Ever!) To Have Self-Awareness, Compassion, & Good Communication

I was babysitting my niece and nephew. We made paper airplanes and they started coloring them. My nephew saw my niece drawing princesses on her plane and he got mad. He told her to stop because, “Airplanes don’t have princesses on them!” I said, “Adam, there are all sorts of airplanes, even ones with princesses …

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Christine Chang with her dad.

When They Wouldn’t Let Me On The Plane To See My Dad: Compassion Is What Truly Matters In Life

It was a week before Christmas. I was checking in for a flight together with my dad at San Francisco International Airport. We were on our way to Germany, where my dad has worked for over 30 years. We both have been looking forward to this trip for months. My sister and I used to …

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A Story About My Butt Washer + How My Husband Has Been A Good Influence

When I first met Pete, he gave me a ride home in his 1994 forest green Toyota pickup truck. On our third date he said, “I know you’re a keeper because you are ok with my truck.” I said, “Who wouldn’t be ok with this?.” Mind you I met him during the winter in LA. …

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