Advice from Melissa: My friend spends all her time with her new boyfriend

Advice from Melissa: My friend spends all her time with her new boyfriend

Dear Melissa, My best friend started dating a guy. She seems really happy but has dropped all of her friends to be with him. We all feel abandoned and know when things eventually end that she’ll come back to us like the abandonment never happened. How do we get her back now? Party of One […]

Girl Talk: Dating an independent woman has both its risks and its rewards

Girl Talk: Dating an independent woman has both its risks and its rewards

To be independent is to be free of outside control. It means not living under someone else’s authority or relying on outside sources for the support of your own livelihood. You are self-sufficient and proudly stand alone on your own two feet. Relationships can sometimes make this method of living a little complicated. A relationship […]

Advice from Melissa: How do I address my boyfriend’s laziness in our home?

Advice from Melissa: How do I address my boyfriend’s laziness in our home?

Dear Melissa, My boyfriend and I just moved in together. When he lived on his own, he always kept his apartment moderately clean and generally taken care of. Now that we are living together, he seems to have gotten lazy. He doesn’t help with any of the housework; he won’t fix things when they break; […]

Girl Talk: Has love taken back seat to convenience, instant gratification?

Girl Talk: Has love taken back seat to convenience, instant gratification?

In the traditional methods of dating, couples would get into a relationship and it would eventually turn into sex. Today’s dating world has turned that upside down. Often it starts with sex that hopefully turns into a relationship….sometimes. When did it all get so backwards? Do we need to turn back the clock and start […]

Advice from Melissa: I think my boyfriend is cheating, because he’s distant

Advice from Melissa: I think my boyfriend is cheating, because he’s distant

Dear Melissa, I think my boyfriend is cheating on me. He has been acting very distant and our sex life has gone down the drain. While I used to see or talk to him daily, lately it seems like he is giving me just one-worded answers or no response at all. He no longer flirts […]

Girl Talk: Moving in together is exercise in considering partner’s needs

Girl Talk: Moving in together is exercise in considering partner’s needs

As you are in a relationship, the natural progression of life will put you through a series of stages. Dating, sleepovers, intimacy, meeting families, vacations, engagements, cohabitation and marriage (not always in this order of course), but what happens to the separate lives that you had before two became one? When it comes to combining […]

Advice from Melissa: Does my beau’s single FB status mean he’s not committed?

Advice from Melissa: Does my beau’s single FB status mean he’s not committed?

Dear Melissa, I have recently gotten into a relationship with a guy I really like. Although everything is going great, he hasn’t made it Facebook official yet. We are in our 30s, and I am not sure why it is bothering me so much, but the fact that its been a couple of weeks and […]

Advice from Melissa: My boyfriend made inappropriate jokes about my friend

Advice from Melissa: My boyfriend made inappropriate jokes about my friend

Dear Melissa, My boyfriend is an important part of my circle of friends. We all get along great and go out together and everything has been great. Recently, he made a sexual joke about my best girlfriend and it really made me upset. He says to relax because he was just kidding, but now I […]

Girl Talk: Swallowing the hard parts of life makes the good times sweeter

Girl Talk: Swallowing the hard parts of life makes the good times sweeter

In life, it is easy to lose sight of what is important. Our focus is always shifting on the many facets of day to day life, and it becomes second nature to feel overwhelmed and buried. Often we put too much weight on one part of our lives while neglecting the others. I can relate […]

Advice from Melissa: I want my boyfriend to ask my for my father’s blessing

Advice from Melissa: I want my boyfriend to ask my for my father’s blessing

Dear Melissa, I’ve been in a committed relationship with my boyfriend for almost five years. He is definitely the one, and he feels the same way about me. The topic of marriage has been heating up lately and we are ready to take the next step. The only problem is that I’m very old fashioned […]