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Girl Talk: How Do You Get Self-Esteem?

Last week, I had dinner with a friend and a gauntlet of sorts was thrown: shape up and get some self-esteem, Julie, because you’re really bringing everybody down. Well okay, I thought. I get that. Nobody wants to hang out with a sad sack. But I just don’t know how you go about acquiring self-esteem.

This isn’t a ploy to get you to say nice things about me, or to pump me up with artificial compliments. I am truly at a loss as to how you transform the way you think about yourself. This is something that I’ve struggled with all my life. Keep reading »

For The Week Of August 1-7, 2011

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Being part of a team means being open to suggestions. This week, keep yourself wide open because ideas from others will be way more practical than yours. If you can humble yourself to give them a try, you’ll see results fairly fast and so to your liking that you might even realize you’ve underestimated some of those around you.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Just as one direction of your life tips upwards, another will start to go down. Who knows which side will reap the benefits and which won’t? Thankfully, as the sign of balance, you will take this all in stride, as patience will be the only way to work through to getting all back on track.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Your faith has been rocked to its core and, at this point, you’re exhausted. No, no one ever said life was easy, and especially with the high standards you’ve set up. Whatever, no one ever led an extraordinary life without making extraordinary decisions either. So, if you can’t stand by that now, realize it’d make all the hard work you’ve put in go away in vain.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

The stress will be rising and forcing all sorts of kinks out of you. While nothing else can be done about the mishaps, at the very least, you should take care of you and feed those bizarre hungers, as you never know where inspiration can come from now. Taking those dips into the darker side of your psyche can prove to be an eye-opening experience.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Time to make good on an old promise and put your love life back as a real priority. If this means throwing some money into it, then so be it. If this means taking a trip out of your comfort zone, don’t hesitate to get on board. As it goes, the future is coming into view and if you want to mold it into perfect form, it’ll mean adding a dose of the unknown right now.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

You’re not one that likes being part of the status quo, so don’t hesitate to bend your rules to avoid that fate now. As it so happens, you do have tricks up your sleeve and the more cleverly you can pull them out, the more you secure your victory. After all, you have to think of your peace of mind, and if you want any now, it’ll mean seizing the winning point on your redefined terms.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

A change of heart can happen out of the blue, making you wonder whom you’ve been sleeping next to. If this does happen, don’t beat yourself up or over analyze, because it’ll be one of those, “It is what it is” situation. People are freaks and there’s no accounting for mental stability, no matter how well they present themselves. Of course, if it’s you with a change of mind, take that insanity plea and run.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

High emotions may get to you more this week, but whatever, have that breakdown and be done with it. As it goes, once you purge, you’ll be in a better frame of mind to take the bull by its horns, as this week’s tiny little nuisances will creep up on you every time you aren’t looking, slowing you down and making you want to kill. Yeah, a normal week, but times 1000.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You’re going to have to learn to tell your baby when to shut up, because while they think they know what’s best for you and that their sage wisdom can save the day, it won’t. In fact, the more you let them ramble on and on, the more your concentration will get shot. So you know, yes, your tolerance for idiocracy this week will be very low.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

You can’t be everyone’s best friend, so prepare to be the bearer of bad news. After all, honesty is the best policy and if you want to move ahead now, it’ll mean clearing your path of any rubble and the only way you can assure that is with your words. While it may not be pleasant, it will be necessary and ultimately, it is the right thing to do.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Your hotness will radiate like a 1000-watt bulb, so don’t second guess yourself with anyone. If someone does throw you shade, realize it’s their intimidation and move on, as you must have no patience for the weary. Yes, this week is all about you and if you want what you want, it’ll mean knowing what you deserve without hesitation.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Everything you know might start to get shaky now, but it’s about trusting yourself to get through this mess. This means you won’t be pelted with situations steeped in insanity, but more like a psychological screwing of sorts. Either/or, now is the time when knowing where you want to go will matter the most, as your focus will be the most secure thing you can hold onto.

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Do Sitcoms Hold The Key To A Happy Marriage?

What can we learn from marriages on situation comedies? For starters bowling teams and in-laws mean trouble. And if your spouse wants to talk to you in the kitchen, you’re screwed. But the real secret, according to a new study, has to do with an epic sitcom formula: chubby husband, skinny wife.

A new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, suggests that marriages are more satisfying for both husband and wife when the woman is skinnier than the guy. After four years, surveying 169 newlyweds, researchers claimed that a woman with a lower BMI pleased both parties ultimately.
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Dating Dos: Please, These 5 Romantic Gestures Need To Stay!

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Romance is dead.

That’s the consensus you could draw from five minutes on the dating scene. Instead of butterflies, hormones seem to be driving our coupling up. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing if all you want is sexual gratification. I’m only human: there’s been times I’ve just needed a roll in the hay. But I’m also a woman who loves romance — traditional, old school, stars-in-my-eyes romance — and I speak from personal experience that it’s not easy to find.

Alas, both men and women have forgotten how to woo each other. I wholeheartedly agreed with the actress Emma Watson when she told Vogue recently, “I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation.”

Yesterday Amelia published a post called “Dating Don’ts: These 7 Romantic Gestures Need To Go.” Here in The Frisky’s office, we spent all morning fighting about it. A few of my fellow Frisky ladies would run for the hills if a dude bought them chocolate, serenaded them with a song [No, only a song that he misinterpreted as romantic. -- Editor], or showered rose petals on their bed. But me? That sounds like my perfect guy.

I respectfully disagree with you, Amelia, that romantic gestures can be cheesy or infantilizing. Romance is about stimulating the senses, creating an aura, and drawing someone in. Romance does not have to be dead, people! After the jump, five romantic gestures that need to stay. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Adventures In An Open Marriage

I am in an open marriage. I know what you are probably thinking because, the first time a friend said this to me, I quickly felt myself growing judge-y. My knee-jerk thought was, She’s just doing this to please her husband. How sad. And then, Oh, they must want raise their kids commune-style. Can’t relate. But now, years later, I’ve realized that every relationship is unique, and it’s about finding what works for you.

So far, I’ve found a way to make my relationship with my husband, Edmund, keep its charm, passion, intimacy and commitment. And it has happened by opening the gates. Keep reading »

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