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Tired of Adulting?

Do you ever wish you could be a kid again? Carefree days laughing on the playground, playing make-believe, sharing video games. Remember sleep-overs where no one slept until a groggy parent intervened? And then giggling in the dark after they closed the door and shut off the light? Or maybe circumstances forced you to grow up way too fast and...

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50 Shades of….Not Sex?
8 Tips to Help Your Adult Children Thrive

A parent’s job doesn’t end when his or her children move out of the house; it just looks different. I always thought that the major need for my parenting skills would be completed by the time my youngest turned 18, but I have discovered that I am still very much needed, just in different ways. Those in their twenties and thirties often struggle...

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At Death's Door

Perhaps you are watching a loved one waste away with disease or dementia. Because they are so dear to you, it’s hard to not be sucked into the vortex of their suffering. Watching them suffer consumes your days and steals your nights. Like straddling a creek, you toggle between not wanting them to go through this anymore and not wanting them to...

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50 Shades of….Not Sex?
Lose Weight, Not Yourself

It is no surprise that many of us struggle with our weight. We are bombarded with images in advertisements and on TV of thin, muscular, fit people even up into their gray-haired years. We look in the mirror, suck in our guts, and think, that should be me. Thoughts dash through our minds. This time I’ll do it! I will lose those ten, twenty, forty...

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Pleasing Everyone, All the Way to Burnout

Some of us are hardwired to try to please everyone. We were the kids growing up who actually listened… well, most of the time. We cared what our parents and teachers thought and wanted to make them happy. It was easy to become a people pleaser because the applause reinforced it — made us believe that we weren’t much unless we were measuring...

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Don't Guard Your Heart

Stop guarding your heart. Maybe this seems counterintuitive. "Guard your heart" is an expression thrown around a lot, especially in Christian circles, and it's commonly taken to extremes. It's supposed to encourage you to be modest, to protect yourself, to keep the bad guys out of your head and heart. But there's a danger when you try so hard...

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I Sense...That You Have Questions

If you had the opportunity to find the answers you crave, would you take it? I'm not a superstitious person, though I would classify myself as a person of faith. Somehow, when I read a newspaper or magazine, I almost always find myself spending a second or two reviewing the horoscopes. I don't seek out fortune tellers or know very much about...

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50 Shades of….Not Sex?
Why Trust is Worth It

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWypWe9UAhQ?rel=0] Media thanks to Ze Frank You've probably participated in trust exercises at school or work. Maybe you've crowd-surfed at a concert. Had a piggy-back ride. Taken a bite from someone else's fork. These things all take a certain amount of physical trust and vulnerability, even if you...

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