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Girl Talk: Why Valentine’s Day Gets To Us, Even Though We Know It’s Pointless

Dating Don'ts: VDay
Valentine's Day is not an excuse! Read More »
Fixing To Find Love
3 Things You Don't Need To Fix About Yourself To Find Love
Here are a few things your DON'T need to fix about yourself to find love. Read More »
VDay Treats
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Treat yourself on Valentine's Day...but not like this. Read More »
Open Letter: Single Self
Ami wrote a letter to her single self. Read More »
Girl-Talk--Why-Valentine's-Day-Gets-To-Us,-Even-Though-We-Know-It's-Pointless

We all know that Valentine’s Day is a contrivance of greeting card companies and florists. We all know that even those who have nice relationships aren’t really enjoying February 14th, as there is nothing particularly romantic about eating overpriced heart-shaped ravioli in a restaurant full of unhappy couples on the coldest night of the year.

And yet, the holiday still manages to make us feel like shit.

Every stupid drug-store box of chocolates, every generic bouquet of deli roses, every Macy’s ad hawking tacky jewelry and embarrassing underwear is all basically saying this: Everyone is buying this crap, knowing full well it’s crap, because there is someone out there who they love, and they don’t want that person to be left out. You, on the other hand, are being left out. Keep reading »

3 Things You Don’t Need To Fix About Yourself To Find Love (From Someone Who Tried)

3 Things You Don't Need To Fix About Yourself To Find Love

When I was in my early 30s, I started examining the data: Many years of unrequited crushes, mediocre dates and jittery mini-relationships that started off great but soured fast. I just seemed to suck at love.

I figured it must be me—after all, plenty of other women managed to find guys who they happily took to their parents’ houses and spent Sundays reading the paper with. So what was my problem?

As a journalist who frequently reported stories about relationships and personal growth, I interviewed a lot of experts, who had many theories about why some people have a hard time finding romantic partners. I studied their advice and began an ambitious self-renovation project so that I too could find love. My task list included the following: Keep reading »

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