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June 18 2015

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Internet Dating Advice and Tips For Internet Singles

Internet dating online has eventually become a well-known phenomenon for singles to find love and relationship in the last few years. Online dating is the most easy procedure to discover a companion today. With the busy program that people face every day, they don't have time to go out in search for love. This innovative technology has really helped us to meet and date our second half right in front of the computer. A large number of joyful relationships and unions are created each year, as seen on TVs. Dating online has become the most convenient method to locate romance and love, relationship and union on the web. Online dating is Eastern, not only for American singles but in addition in other Western, European, Asian, and all other continents. Knowing how to type a, b and c, then you can find love online.

If you are unfamiliar with the Internet dating, then this post will list some hints and advice for you. These dating tips and guidance are also for singles who've had bad experiences into online dating. Generally, online dating services just supply the way for singles to meet someone special. You treat that as the standard relationship after you meet face to face. You are the one who choose that individual so that you're sure you pick the right one.

Internet dating websites are better than conventional dating due to these subsequent advantages. Thousands or even millions of singles around the world register their personal ads at Internet dating websites, daily. Singles come to a enormous area who are about to locate and meet someone like you. You're the same single as them there's the change you two are fit. If you reside in Houston, Texas, then you can find a like-minded single locally or in a long distance, like state or another city. Whether you are ok or sick on that day, you can still meet with that person via the chatting room. Online are simple and suitable for everyone. Whether you are an American, European, Asian, you can discover your perfect match online.

Internet dating is safe and dangerous. You've got to handle the reality. Just like you meet a person in a bar or nightclub, he/she maybe not dishonest or un -fair. You don't know. The one advantage of online dating is that you can also read over the profile before you do a contact. You're 75% right about that man. Online dating is different. It is recommended that you're absolutely comfortable before you meet somebody face to face. You should always meet in public places during the very first dates. You need to let someone knows where you are going is a great advice. Good luck!

June 17 2015

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Internet Dating Tips and Advice For Online Singles

Internet has become a well-known occurrence for singles to find love and relationship in the last couple of years. Online dating is the easiest method to find a companion today. This advanced technology has really helped us to meet and date our second half right in front of the computer. As seen on TVs, thousands of happy relationships and unions are created every year. Actually, there are thousands of new singles join dating services daily. Dating online has become the handiest method to locate romance and love, relationship and marriage on the net. Online dating isn't only for American singles but in addition in other Western, Eastern, European, Asian, and all other continents. Should you know the way to type a, b and c, then you can find love online.

If you are not familiar with the Internet then this post will list some suggestions and advice for you. These relationship tips and guidance are also for singles who have had awful encounters into online dating. Generally speaking, online dating services only provide the means for singles to meet someone special. When you meet face to face, you treat that as the normal relationship. You are the one who choose that individual so that you're confident you select the right one.

Internet dating sites are better than conventional dating due to these benefits that are following. Thousands or even millions of singles all over the world register their personal ads at Internet dating websites, daily. So, singles come to a big area who are prepared to discover and meet someone like you. You are the same single as them there's the change you two are matched. Whether you're sick or ok on that day, you can still meet with that individual via the chatting room. Online dating for Internet singles are simple and suitable for everybody. Whether you are an American, European, Asian, you can discover your perfect match online.

Internet dating is not dangerous and unsafe. You need to handle the truth. Just like you meet a person in a bar or club, he or she maybe un or not dishonest -fair. You do not understand. The one advantage of online dating is that you can read over the profile before you do a contact. You are 75% right about that individual. Online dating is diverse. It is recommended that you're completely comfortable before you meet somebody face to face. You must let someone knows where you're going is a good advice. Best of luck!
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Online Dating Services Step Up To A Whole New Level.

Online dating is huge, it is growing at a rapid pace. Virtually anything you expect from a healthy relationship can be found on an online dating site. The new age for busy lifestyles.

There are literally millions of people who have their profiles online looking for friendship, companionship, love, affection, and even just occasional encounters with other individual people. The volume of people in these dating sites alone makes them the ultimate place to quickly find what you are looking for.

People's attitudes have changed considerably in recent years. When online dating first became popular there was somewhat of a stigma attached to people who used these services to find their partners. One of the biggest stumbling blocks that people have with finding their ideal partner is the fear of rejection and that fear is never more prevalent than at meeting places where a guy or a girl can't pluck up the courage to approach the other for a chat.

Can you afford to waste months or even years of your life with the wrong person? I would like to think that you treasure your time enough to not let that happen. People get to meet one another online after finding common interests and then it is easy to start making contact and to see whether the other person wants to reciprocate. The ability to increase your chances of finding true friendship is such a small investment when you consider the variety that these dating sites offer.

One of the other benefits of finding suitable partners on an online dating site is the fact that you can talk about your intentions before you meet one another, if you both have completely different hopes and aspirations for your lives then it is easier to move on and find someone else who is more suitable. There are so many people who get into relationships where one person has different expectations than the other, they then only find out about it 6 months or a year or two down the road.

You should feel free to express exactly what you want from your life as this will help you to attract the right person you are looking for. The simple fact that there are so many people on these sites to choose from should make it easier to not have to put on false intentions and say things that aren't true simply to please the other person.

There are so many more people these days getting the partner that is more suitable for them due to the fact that they now have the opportunity to look further than their own local community where they can find people who have similar interests and expectations to their own.

There are various levels of features on most of the better online dating sites and so there are different levels of membership costs. Most of the sites will offer a free membership and this will allow you to browse the profiles and see the types of people who are searching for friendship. The negative thing about free dating sites is anyone with an email address can. More quality memberships are maintained on the paid membership dating services.

Many people, who have busy hectic lifestyles, whether it be for business or other reasons, use online dating services as a way to find other people for friendship. The internet allows people to make contact more easily and also to remain in contact on a regular basis more easily.
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Places You Can Visit While Dating in Michigan

Michigan is a state in the United States of America. It is named after Lake Michigan. It is the 8th most populated state in the U.S. It has a humid continental climate. The southern region of the country has a warm climate while the northern region is a bit warmer with very short summers and cold winters. Michigan has got a lot of attractive places that if you are dating in Michigan you can go to. Michigan has the longest fresh water shore line in the world that you can never be far from it. You can go to visit the beach, parks, theatres, restaurants and any other place that you will find of interest in this state.

If you are dating in Michigan you can go for a cruise in the Holland Princess. This cruise has a promise of having a romantic atmosphere that you and your partner will definitely enjoy. They also have a cruise that offers lunch, dinner or cocktail. You should be able to find a cruise to go in the Holland Prince depending with what cruise sounds comfortable to you. You can also go to the Casinos in Michigan. The Greek town Casino should be able to provide you with the fun you are looking for in Michigan. You can also go to the zoo. The Detroit zoological park should be another stop you should make while in Michigan. The zoo has a home for the amphibians and a garden for butterflies.

While dating in Michigan you can go to Double JJ Ranch. Here you can ride on the back of a horse. They also have a nice water park that you can go and enjoy a water slide or ride on the river. Another place of interest you can go to is the Olde World Canterbury Village in Michigan. This place has great artifacts to see. You can also visit the avant-garde art museums which is found in the campus of the Cranbrook Schools. There are so many sculptures done by famous artists and a lot of contemporary paintings in this place. If you love art a lot and you think sculptures and paintings are beautiful, you should go to this place. Another place you can go to see beautiful sculptures is the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture park.

If you are dating in Michigan you should go see beautiful cars in the Henry Ford Museum. This museum has a 1909 Ford Model T and so many other vehicles. They also have locomotive and a chair in which Abraham Lincoln was seated on when he was assassinated. They have a lot of artifacts for you to see and they are not only limited to what is mentioned here. Whatever you do in Michigan you should have fun with your date. You can spend time together alone in the house and still have fun. You can eat out in one of Michigan's exotic romantic restaurants or go catch a movie in one of their movie houses and still have fun.

August 18 2014

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Being In A Committed Long Distance Relationship



Some Background

I am currently in a committed long distance relationship and have been for over a year. I met my girlfriend while I was visiting southern California. I am from Seattle, Washington, so my girlfriend and I live over a thousand miles apart. While I was in California, we shared a few days of intimacy and decided to exchange contact information. After frequently talking to each other on the phone for a couple of months, we decided to be exclusively together. I plan on moving down there after I take care of my obligations in Washington. I had originally planned to move to Los Angeles before meeting her and have discussed it with her. This was one of the things that was a factor in choosing to endure a distanced relationship. As I've said, we've been together for over a year, but it definitely was more difficult than I had previously imagined.

Questions to Consider

Compared to most relationships, in my opinion, a long distance relationship isn't too different, but it is not for everyone. You have to put more effort and be more open-minded because the lack of physicality, which I will go more into later in the article. With that being said, there are some factors to consider (as there would be in any relationship):

Can you live without her being there physically? Not just for sex, but also she can't be there to hold you if you're upset, hold your hand, sleep next to, etc.

Can you both be completely faithful to each other? Fidelity really comes into question because in a long distance relationship it is easier to get away with.

Can you afford to visit each other from time to time? You have to sacrifice money, time from work, your friends and family to visit each other.

Can you keep things exciting and interesting? In any relationship, when both partners are no longer excited about being together, the relationship will fail.

Can you handle days of not communicating? This may happen more often than you think because you both have your own lives to live.



Fidelity and the Physical Aspect

In my opinion, the physical need is what ends most committed long distance relationships. I think that's the biggest problem because relationships emphasize the need for it. There's no hand holding, cuddling, kissing, and other intimate gestures. Also, I think it is safe to say that while being in a long distance relationship, you will not be having sex as much as you would like. You have to put in a lot more effort in other parts of the relationship to compensate for the physical aspect.

Many people think they can be happy without the physical aspect of a relationship, but when they are in the middle of a long distance relationship, urges can become seemingly insatiable. This can lead to a break up, or worse, infidelity.

You really have to consider how long you can wait for physical interaction with your lover. Then you must consider if you can afford to visit them as often as you feel is necessary. And if you can't, will you be able to wait and stay in control of your urges? Remember that life can get in the way of seeing each other, but seeing each other is a must.

Keeping Things Exciting

Having excitement in any relationship can be difficult after being together for awhile, but is even more difficult for people in long distance relationships. After awhile it seems like all you ever do is just talk, so how do you add some spice to the relationship while being so far apart?

The best way to do this, in my opinion, is by sending her presents. Usually, they are things she needs, but doesn't feel like investing in them at the moment. For example, she didn't have a car charger for her phone, so I got her one as a surprise. I told her that I got her something and to check for a package on the estimated date of arrival. I save the more intimate and thoughtful presents for important dates, such as anniversaries and other celebrations. Remember to remember those special dates!

Another way to spice things up is by using technology. You can have date nights through a webcam. Being able to converse through a webcam is definitely more interesting than on the phone. You get to see the person you love, how they smile, all their gestures, and all of the other sweet things you love them for.

Another date night idea are movie nights. My girlfriend and I both have Netflix accounts, and watch shows and movies together while being on the phone. It might seem counter productive to watch something while on the phone, but it's nice to be able to share an occasional comment about the movie or show. For example, we like to watch The Walking Dead together and I enjoy hearing her reaction when the characters are in extreme danger.

And finally, and to be direct, phone sex is a sexy way to keep things interesting. And if you trust them enough, you have cameras and webcams, so be creative *wink.* I only recommend this if you completely trust your significant other. Even then, you can never be sure what will happen or what they will do with the things (pictures, videos, etc.) you've sent them. You should try your best to really figure out what kind of person they are before sharing nudes or other personal things about yourself, because if you unfortunately break up, they may still have those pictures or videos. That's something to really think about.

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May 17, 2007 03:46 AM EDT --

I never planned on being an alpha female, it just ended up that way.  Once I started my own business, my confidence grew as did my friends base.  I do not know why or officially when I was voted . . .

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When a guy thinks its time for him to have a child, is that his biological clock ?

 

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April 25, 2008 07:28 AM EDT --

 

The Scaffold

 

 

Superficial? The fragile scaffolding

Leant lightly on the tower's rising flanks -

A web of tubing, spigots, wooden planks,

Cross-braces, . . .

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February 27, 2009 07:22 AM EST --

She's been with this guy for 7 years. They've been engaged for quite a few of those years. He just confessed he's been cheating on her for a year (my husband and I were pretty sure of that . . .

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June 21, 2006 11:29 AM EDT --

My coffee is

Strong

Dark

Warm

Rich

Everything that you are not.

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Will you come thundering in

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erected by my pet shortcomings,

or will you breeze in,  like a dolphin's

mute eloquence , etching wisdom-stuffed

hieroglyphs  . . .

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June 11, 2008 01:35 PM EDT --

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November 19, 2009 07:29 AM EST --

The glue

Sticky

Stuck

Still moist

Pliable

Fragrant

 

There

That one

See it?

 

Kind of white in color

Roped

Like taffy

 

There

Between those souls

Between . . .

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August 01, 2007 09:05 AM EDT --

    

                            

Written . . .

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Stop your drinking,

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I should be happy,

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You start drinking the second you punch that time card,

I know you at least went to work.



I should be happy,

but I . . .

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Staying in a relationship is never smooth sailing. More like traversing a raging ocean on a turbulent storm. Yeah. Relationships are high maintenance social phenomenon. People who get involved with it . . .

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So the relationship of your dreams ended. Eight months of happiness, then two months downhill then after that you have yourself an ex girlfriend. Then comes the crazy. There are so many things that you . . .

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December 19, 2006 11:31 PM EST --

My horse and me!

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Category: Writing and Poetry

MY HORSE AND ME!

 

They run like the wind, through the fields of gold,

Her shiny mane, flying so bold,

The rush of the . . .

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February 01, 2008 02:33 AM EST --

 

Hopper Visits a Diner

  

Her hands for warmth enfold the coffee cup.

Remembering her pale translucent skin,

The veins that bear the cool blue blood . . .

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October 14, 2009 08:13 AM EDT --

 

I just posted about my magazine depleting adventure -- and promised you all that I'd share the things I found in those magazines with you.

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Hello everyone,

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The more I dream the more it seems real

The connection I speak

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August 17 2014

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Why Do I Get So Upset with My Partner? by Dr. Rich Nicastro



Relationship Help: Why Do I Get So Upset with My Partner?

 by: Dr. Rich Nicastro

Q: I need some relationship help. While I love my husband with all my heart, sometimes it's just so frustrating being married to him. When I feel that he's ignoring me, I get so upset, and he's usually surprised by the intensity of my reaction. Why do I get so upset with him? ~Lynn, Carlsbad CA

A: Thanks for the question, Lynn. Here are some thoughts that might help shed light on your experience:

It is extremely distressing to feel as if your words and actions have no impact (or no longer matter) to your spouse/partner?to think that someone whom you love deeply is no longer engaged fully in the relationship or interested in what's important to you can be extremely painful.

When you feel like your spouse/partner is not being responsive to you (and to your needs), two outcomes become likely:

1. Initially, you may "up the ante" in order to have some kind of impact on your spouse/partner-- this might involve yelling, becoming more provocative, elevating your emotional responses, acting in ways that are uncharacteristic for you (in attachment literature these types of reactions are called "protest" behaviors?your protests are a reflection of losing something extremely important to you; this can be the love of your partner, the security of your relationship, or both).

Is it fair to say that at some point most of us would react negatively (protest) if we perceived our spouse/partner to be unavailable and unresponsive to our needs?

2. When you feel ignored for extended periods of time, your sense of despair can turn into feelings of hopelessness?you give up on trying to engage your spouse/partner and begin to retreat (this is a self-protective behavior?in essence, you're cutting your loses). This may take the form of indifference, withdrawal behaviors, and disengaging from the relationship in general (and the responsibilities that are a part of the relationship).

Typically a protest reaction isn't random: Protest behaviors (getting really upset when your partner isn't responding in predictable ways that make you feel secure in the relationship) occur in a particular context; and the triggering event is usually feeling anxious about losing the security of your relationship.



Relationship Help: Let's break down this reaction:

An unresponsive/disengaged/uninterested partner =>

triggers increased anxiety and worry in the other partner, who then =>

attempts to reengage the unresponsive partner (for example, "We need to talk," or "What's wrong?") =>

and if the other partner is still not responsive, protest behaviors are triggered.

Your protest behaviors (whether your protest behaviors are perceived as nagging, pestering, yelling, or some kind of increased emotionality like anger) are in effect attempts to try and correct the problem?ideally it's an attention-grabbing reaction that will let your spouse know that something is wrong that needs fixing.

Think of protest behaviors as an alarm sounding in an effort to grab your partner's attention to what needs to be addressed.

Marital/relationship problems can arise when these temporary reactions (feeling one's spouse/partner is unconcerned and unresponsive) are not addressed and become ingrained patterns.



I hope this sheds some light on why you seem to get so upset with your spouse (or why we all get upset with our spouse/partner at times). Whenever we allow a loved one special access to our hearts, feeling ignored by this person is going to feel like a major deal.

Click Relationship Help to sign up for Dr. Nicastro's free Relationship and Marriage Advice tips & read his latest blog posts.

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August 16 2014

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4 Signs Your Relationship With Food Is Unhealthy



My teenage daughter's summer job was at an ice cream shop. She asked me to swing by one day so she could make me a sundae. I should have run over there and slurped down my treat with unfettered joy. But I begged off. The thought of eating a sauce-covered mountain of sugar and fat gave me a jolt of guilt and shame. I hadn't even entered the store, and I was already full of regret.

It's awful being in a dysfunctional relationship with food. I would compare it to regrettable hookups with losers in my past, but those flings didn't last very long. Food and I have been breaking up and making up since childhood. The worst part? Our affair is completely one-sided. A cheeseburger doesn't know I exist. My feelings for a cheeseburger, however, are complicated. But although I'm a chronic dieter, my eating habits are considered normal. I don't have a clinical disorder like bulimia or anorexia. I simply want to be thin and healthy.

And I'm not the only one, judging from my friends, the best-seller lists and the cult of Whole Foods. We live in a world in which we know self-starvation is bad, but somehow believe drinking only juice is good. "Our obsession with appearance, our fixation on diet and our food- and information-abundant culture have given rise to an epidemic of unhealthy relationships with food," says Michelle May, MD, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. "Food has become our focus instead of being the fuel for a full life."

To ease the strangle-hold your diet has over you, consider what about it leaves you so powerless. Check out the following culprits. Chances are, you can relate to at least one--if not all--of them.

16 Ways to Lose Weight Fast

Signs Your Relationship With Food is Unhealthy

A healthy romantic partnership revolves around compromise. Some women, though, treat food like they would an unpredictable puppy--something to be disciplined. Ann, a photographer in New York City, keeps a list of food rules on her fridge. "Just a few," she says. "No sugar, no white or fried food, no dairy, no gluten and no carbonation. I do eat beef." A friend from Orlando packs a separate suitcase for her protein bars when she travels to make sure she won't be tempted by dubious hotel offerings. On a recent trip, there was an issue about bringing food into a country. She freaked out at immigration, ranted hysterically and cried. The officials were so shocked, they let her keep her bars.

This kind of rigidity is all about fear of losing control, says Susan Albers, PsyD, author of 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food. "Our minds love to think in black-and-white terms," Albers points out. "Right versus wrong. Fat versus thin. Perfect versus ruined." Or that's how it might seem when in the throes of an obsession. "Some people feel lost without structure," adds Mary Pritchard, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at Boise State University. "Walking into a restaurant or opening a fridge kicks off an algorithm of counting."

These thoughts aren't limited to type As, though. They're on a mental loop in many of our heads, thanks to an overload of (often conflicting) information about what we should and shouldn't be eating. And unless you clue into this desire for dietary perfection, you can do serious damage to your self-esteem. "When you break a rule, that can spiral into 'I'm a bad person,'" Albers notes. "But food isn't good or bad. There are 50 shades in between. Rule-based eating doesn't take hunger and cravings into account."

And that sets you up for a fall when your stomach starts grumbling and you're forced to deviate from your well-laid eating plans. Instead of sticking with a regimen, try to be a bit less strict. "I encourage women to eat a wide variety of foods," Albers says. "It's healthier from a nutritional and emotional standpoint." Of course, that's much easier said than done. A half-step: Every day, break your rules, just a bit. "Start small," she urges. "A piece of bread. Pasta once a week. When you see that nothing bad happens, flexibility won't be as intimidating. You might even enjoy it."

14 Ways to Cut Portions Without Feeling Hungry

Signs Your Relationship With Food is Unhealthy

Another given in a healthy relationship is trust--believing you and your partner will do the right thing when faced with temptation. In a dysfunctional "foodship"--as I like to call it--distrust can be rampant. I know I am weak around cake, for instance. To keep from eating too much, I have doused baked goods in water. A friend told me, "I use hot sauce." Another: "Liquid soap."

My friend Rachel from New Jersey has a full bag of tricks. "I use a timer between bites," she explains. "When I'm done, I freeze the leftovers so I won't eat them. My boyfriend is in charge of doling out snacks under the instruction that he can't give me more than my allotment, even if I beg."

It's not our fault that it's so hard to resist chips and candy. It's plain biology: Eating carbohydrates (plentiful in pizza and cupcakes, but not so much in kale) boosts our levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin. And we may have happy childhood associations with certain treats. No wonder that some of us crave comfort food when we're upset, bored, lonely, etcetera. Stress triggers a jones for sugar; cookies are readily available. If you try not to think about the treat, your mind just becomes fixated. So when you finally buy the cookies, you're too obsessed to stop at just one (or three).

If we were more mindful of hunger cues, though, we'd make better choices. "Before eating, pause to ask yourself, Does my body need fuel? Why am I thinking about food if my body doesn't need it?" Dr. May says. If you do need to eat, listen to your cravings: Indulging a little now can keep you from overdoing it later, Dr. May notes. As for how much to eat, your body can help with that, too. "The right amount is about feeling good," Dr. May says, and not uncomfortably stuffed afterward.

Signs Your Relationship With Food is Unhealthy

Imagine having a boyfriend who, after you made a small mistake, called you a worthless failure. You'd dump his butt. But many of us do the same thing to ourselves if we dare to enjoy a piece of cake. "The food-as-enemy voice shames you for overindulging," Albers says. "The food-as-friend voice is a cheerleader. If you mess up, it encourages you to get back on track."

To silence your inner bitch, steer dark food thoughts to the light. When you're being hypercritical--I'm a failure. Everyone thinks I'm fat--stop and listen to what you're saying to yourself. Then replace the harmful message with a kind one, like No one's perfect. My friends and family love me. Over time, this will become natural.

Speaking of family and friends, do yours include dieters who are even more critical than you are? They're not helping. Your ideal dining companions: "People who eat slowly and take pleasure in their food," Albers says.

Best Superfoods for Weight Loss



Signs Your Relationship With Food is Unhealthy

A healthy relationship is honest. An unhealthy one is full of deception. I know I lied to myself during a recent juice fast. I said I was doing it for the antioxidants. Bull! I wanted to lose weight. "The number one cause of food restriction is body dissatisfaction," Pritchard says. "Ninety percent of women don't like what they see in the mirror."

There's nothing wrong with wanting to be slim. But depriving yourself of crucial nutrients (or eating only a select few)--whether through cleanses, fasts or cutting out food groups--and pretending it's all for the good of your health is a dangerous game. Ironically, it can backfire and set off the "starve, binge, hate yourself" cycle that makes you gain weight instead.

And all that negative self-talk is no recipe for weight loss, either. I know that when I'm nicer to myself, I tend to eat better and maintain a weight that's healthier for my body--and my sanity. "In our culture, so much is driven by shallow perceptions of what's worthwhile," Dr. May says. "By obsessing about weight loss, we're not achieving what we're capable of. It's crowding out stuff that's more important"--like our happiness and well-being. I'll eat to that.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.



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Behind the Scenes of Ukraine Online Dating



The Dark Side

Online dating is a big export product of Ukraine. The men that are registered and easily pay hundreds of dollars per month for chatting and watching the webcams, don't know how the business is running behind the scenes.

The majority of the women on the websites don't speak English while you're still communicating with the woman in English. Doesn't she speak English than? Well, probably not. You must realize you're likely talking with a translator - a guy, that is working every night in a kind of 'call centre' and is earning serious money. Translators represent the pages of the majority of the women. The 'dirty talk' chats are most of the times conducted with guys. A part of the male clients likes these dirty conversations, so for everyone seems to be a solution, but of course there is a part that is looking for a serious relationship and it is possible they are cheated.

One translator can work on a few profiles. Profiles of women are sometimes more than five years old. The woman of the profile can already be married and even have children, while in her profile she wrote she was without children. Her part in this circus is collecting the presents that men sent to her.



The translator has a full-time job, the agencies that administers and photographs the women have part in this business as well as the owner of the website of course. Every major city in Ukraine has 'call-centres' that operate every night with numerous translators.

Specialized Software

The translators are well equipped with specialized software to send every day thousands of letters to the members. The automated letters are the best way to attract attention of the male members and an attempt to draw the communication to chat or to webcam, that generates most money.

The software customizes the letters with the name of the registered member, so it looks like 'the woman' wrote a customized letter, which is totally besides the truth.

August 15 2014

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Breaking Up Monotony in a Relationship

If you're reading this and you're over the age of 20, chances are you've had at least one relationship that become very monotonous and boring, perhaps even prematurely.  There are many obstacles in dating and in marriage.  It's up to you and your significant other to try to break things up a little and add a little spice to the relationship.  This can be accomplished outside of the bedroom just as easily as inside the bedroom.  While there aren't any solutions that work every time, there are many that are prone to working, especially when combined with other methods.  If your relationship has or is beginning to stall and become rather mundane, why not try to get back on track and spice it up?  The following suggestions will help you along the way.

There are probably several things you and your significant other would both like to do at some point, but never have.  It can be anything and it really doesn't have to be super expensive. For example, I've never been to a live play and neither has the woman I'm dating.  This type of date would be unique for both of us, since we've never done it before, and would be something we could experience together.  Perhaps you're more adventurous and zip lining, or something extreme like that would be more to your liking.  No matter what it is that you both want to try, go out and try it.  Even if you find you don't enjoy the activity, you'll probably still enjoy your time away from the house and away from the boringness of monotony.

Surprise Your Significant Other

Line up a sitter and take him out on the town or great him at the door wearing nothing but a smile.  It can be done in or out of the bedroom.  Break up the routine by surprising your wife with something she's not expecting.  Flowers are nice, but a night of pampering out on the town, especially if she's not expecting it, will probably get a better reaction.

Express Your Feelings for Each Other

Too often, as a relationship hits that "comfortable" stage, we tend to say "I love you" just before bed, when we get a gift, and as we leave each other's company.  Sit down together and truly, thoroughly express your feelings for your partner.  If you are the type who simply cannot do this in person, try a handwritten note and leave it somewhere for your partner to find when you're not around. You might be surprised at how much expressing your feelings can do to spice things up and make them break the normal routine.

Travel Together - Without the Kids

Budgets are tight and there never seems to be any leftover money or time to do anything together.  Does this sound familiar?  If so, you have your work cut out for you, but you shouldn't give up.  Even a short weekend trip in a camper, away from the kids and the headache of everyday life can be a true rejuvenator for any relationship.  Save some money, even if it means taking a short term side job or selling some unwanted items and go out and do something together. Time away from your family will ultimately bring your family closer.

Touch Each Other and Kiss Each Other

A well placed, soft, sensual touch will send shivers up the spine of you wife or husband.  Make no mistake about it; men like to be touched like this, too.  There's no substitute for the sense of touch.  Walk up behind your husband and gently rub his back sometime, out of the blue.  Better yet, walk up behind him, spin him around and plant a great big, wet, passionate kiss on his lips when he has no reason to suspect it's coming. Kissing is one of the first things that become a habit.  You kiss goodnight, when you leave for work, and during sex, and probably at very few other times, especially if you've been together dating or married for quite some time.  Make it out of the ordinary.



Make the Bedroom Spicy

If you feel like you're slipping into monotony in the bedroom, spice it up a little.  You don't have to go crazy with this and there are things out there which can help you.  You will have to let loose a little and you have to be comfortable with your partner.  You can try adult board games, for example, or videos suggesting new ways to be intimate together.  You can take this one as far as you and your significant other are comfortable in taking it.

Look Forward to Something

You and your boyfriend or girlfriend need to have something to look forward to, together.  It can be a trip you are planning, a night out together, or the arrival of some marital aids you ordered.  No matter what it is, you should ALWAYS have something you are both looking forward to together and talk about it.

Money Troubles Cannot Stop Fun

Having fun together, as a couple, is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your relationship stays strong and lasts for a long time.  If you have money issues, like many of us do, you cannot allow yourself to believe it means not having fun together.  Laugh together and find things to do that are very cheap or even free.  If you use your imagination a little, you can come up with plenty.  Just plain old goofing around together can break up the monotony is a marriage.

Stop Taking Your Partner For Granted

This is too easy to do as we hit the "comfortable" stage in relationships.  Assuming your partner will be there for you can be a very good thing, but if you assume they will always be there, you just could have another thing coming.  You've probably been in relationships, or even marriages, where you assumed you would have the person forever, or at least for a long time only to find out you were wrong.  Stop taking your significant other for granted and do something to ensure you have a long, happy, healthy relationship. 

August 14 2014

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Can Love and Lust Coexist in a Relationship?



In a healthy relationship, if you love each other, the love continues to feed on itself.

If you started out with lust and discovered later that the person is someone you can respect, then love may follow and you stay together. However, if you respect someone before developing lust or love, then when you do fall in love, the lust is difficult to discover. Does that make sense?

It's fine if you don't need it. But some people feel it is part of romance. Then what? You love and respect one another, but you can't move forward with the relationship.



The trick is to start with lust, then fall deeply in love, and let the respect develop later. But there is no way to control the order of things. It's all part of life.

It's clear that we want to spend our life with someone we truly love. If it's only for lust, something is wrong. But lust can be an enjoyable component of a relationship.



If you're in a loving and respectful relationship without lust, that's fine if the love is strong enough. If lust is desired but missing, help one another create it with honest communication.

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August 13 2014

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Inside Lea Michele's Relationship With Matthew Paetz



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Lea Michele and Matthew Paetz are still going strong.

Just a few weeks after news of their romance hit the Internet, the two were spotted looking cozy in Los Angeles.

"They're dating! Nothing too serious but they're really happy," a source close to Michele told ABC News. "They have a very honest and open type of relationship. They share everything and support each other in any way possible."

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Michele, 27, met Paetz, a dating and lifestyle coach, on the set of her music video for "On My Way." It's been a sensitive relationship from the start, partly because its Michele's first relationship since her former boyfriend, Cory Monteith, died last summer in Vancouver.

"There have been no surprises for Lea at all in this relationship," the source said. "They make each other really happy."

For Michele, Paetz is not only someone to have fun with, but also a comfort.

"He's a very calm but also very protective and he's very doting of her," the source said. "They're a great team."

August 12 2014

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Can IPO-bound Zoosk be the Netflix for online dating?



FORTUNE -- The online-dating business is still a small industry -- tiny, by most standards. But the news this week that Zoosk, one of the bigger companies in the space, plans to go public might be yet another sign that this is an industry set to soar.

An IBISWorld report from September 2013, the most recent data available, puts the entire "dating services" industry at $2.1 billion in annual revenue. Some 68.7% of that pie, the report says, is from online or mobile dating services. But the market overall has grown 3.5% since 2008, and IBISWorld predicts it will grow by some 5% more in the next four years.

The dominant players in this industry are the ones you know: Match.com and OkCupid, both part of Match Inc., which is part of Barry Diller's InterActiveCorp IACI . IAC controls 28% of the dating industry. The next biggest is privately held eHarmony, with some 14%.

That doesn't leave much room for smaller challengers to claim a large slice of the dating pie. But they continue to try. The number of smaller dating businesses is constantly multiplying. And perhaps the most prominent has been the mobile app Tinder, which has seen explosive growth and which many people may not realize came out of IAC's research and development group. (As Match Inc. CEO Sam Yagan told Fortune last year, "We keep it sort of on the DL because it's much sexier for it to be a totally fresh startup that has nothing to do with the market leader.")

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Each dating site or app has its own clear special sauce -- the angle that it pushes to set it apart. There are services geared toward specific groups (JDate for Jewish daters, BlackPeopleMeet for black singles) as well as those that stress one focus or feature. eHarmony, for example, places a big emphasis on marriage; Hinge shows you only people with whom you have mutual friends; HowAboutWe offers couples planned activities. (It also has sought to build a media network by purchasing Nerve.com and other sites.)

Shayan Zadeh, CEO of Zoosk, doesn't buy the idea that each site has its one special sauce. "We don't subscribe to that mental model," he told Fortune in an interview last month, before the company entered the quiet period ahead of its IPO. Instead, Zoosk seeks to have it all, rather than focusing on one narrow angle of the online dating experience. Its features summon the image of a supermarket: The aisles include SmartPick, Carousel, and Search.

Each of these features looks akin to the main idea of other, narrower dating sites or apps, though Zadeh rejects the comparison. SmartPick, which sends you one single targeted match per day based on your past behavior on Zoosk, is a lot like Coffee Meets Bagel, which does the same: You may like or reject the person and see if it's a match, but you won't get a new person for 24 hours. Carousel is Zoosk's Tinder-like function, where you quickly scroll through faces and can give them a check mark or an "X" purely based on looks -- if they like you too, you are matched. In Search, you may tailor your geographical parameters to only see those nearby.

In previous interviews with Fortune, Match Inc.'s Yagan has often compared different online dating services to a tool belt -- the idea being that each site serves its own purpose. "I don't think it's crazy to have different tools in your dating tool belt," he told Fortune in September. Zadeh and his company are attempting to have Zoosk be that tool belt, all self-contained in one site or on its app.

"If you think about dating as a spectrum," Zadeh says, "there's the casual hookup on one end, and then there's someone serious about getting married on the other." Using only a hookup app, he reasons -- the very popular Tinder is typically labeled as one -- would be "like saying I'm going to go to McDonald's for a fine dining experience." Instead, Zadeh says he wants to get out of those silos to create the Google of online dating. Then again, Zadeh and the Zoosk folks have often compared their service to a Netflix NFLX for online dating, thanks to a "proprietary behavioral matchmaking engine" that Zadeh claims relies on your behavior -- which people you've clicked yes on, or even lingered on to view for longer before saying no -- to get to know you. So, which is it? Well, maybe Amazon is the best big-company model comparison, Zadeh says, "because they do it all and they're good at getting to know you."

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So, is Zoosk successful in its attempt to do it all? A month-long test run of Zoosk found the mobile app to be clunky and overwhelming, with distracting alerts and prompts to purchase upgrades. Within Carousel, users do not have the option to input any geographical preferences; you may live in New York and get shown someone as far away as New Mexico, which doesn't make much sense. One reason Tinder works so well is that two people who match could potentially meet up right away, easily -- they're usually only a few miles apart. Carousel came out two years ago, so it predates Tinder, but it lacks the addictive, tactile swiping feature that has made Tinder so popular and that has already influenced other apps. (Hinge uses the same swipe-right or swipe-left functionality.) In addition, when a user (paid member or not) matches with someone using Carousel, they must spend money to buy coins in order to message the person. SmartPick is equally flawed; Zadeh says the site gets to know you like Netflix, but even after weeks of confining search mode to people in New York City, SmartPick will still set you up with people located in other states entirely.



And yet Zoosk is thriving. At the end of 2013, it was the highest-grossing dating app and among the 25 highest-grossing iPhone apps for the year. With 2.9% market share, according to IBISWorld's latest report, Zoosk is among the biggest players that sit below the market leaders; Spark Networks LOV , which owns JDate, is only slightly ahead with 3.1%. Zoosk's membership is up about 44%, and according to its S-1 filing, revenue went from $109.1 million in 2012 to $178.2 million in 2013, a 63% leap. Its revenues come either from subscription fees or from people purchasing those virtual coins that allow you to message a particular person or use "boost" to be promoted to more people.

Zoosk is not profitable. It posted net losses of $2.6 million in 2013, and under "risk factors" in the S-1, Zoosk discloses, "We have a history of losses, anticipate increasing our operating expenses in the future, and may not achieve or sustain profitability in the future." The service's average user is 29, and half of its business is outside the U.S. It is in 80 countries total and has 170 employees.

Chief executive Zadeh, who has an interesting background story -- he grew up in Iran, and in 2000, hitchhiked from Iran across the border into Turkey in order to get a visa -- says that even though Zoosk is logically painted as a competitor to big dogs like Match and eHarmony, "I would rather look at LinkedIn LNKD and Amazon amzn [for influence] than these companies that haven't changed in years." His co-founder, Alex Mehr, a friend from college in Iran who also joined him at University of Maryland, where each earned advanced degrees, previously worked at NASA. With Zoosk, which Zadeh says has built up a lot of data on daters' behaviors, "Our job is to hide the complexity from the customer."

Once it goes public, Zoosk's executives will have to do the opposite to stand apart in a crowded market: demonstrate its complexity.

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Write An Online Dating Profile

It is deceptively easy to write an online dating profile when joining an online dating site. The trick is to write you one that gets hits and dates. As there are differences- based on your sex- this article focuses solely on a dating profile for a woman.

Recognize Traits You Seek



Just saying "I want a nice guy" in the online profile isn't enough. Sit down and figure out the characteristics you are looking for. Put physical characteristics aside and examine activity based traits instead. Be specific as to activities you want to enjoy with your new man. If you like to dance each week, then that should be an important trait for your new man. As a gourmet cook, require a man who either likes to eat or cook themselves. Make your list and know what type of man you are seeking.

Know Your Market

Without knowing who you are writing to, you won't achieve the response you desire. As there are many single females available, show him why he should choose you from the online dating site. Take your list and create a profile targeted toward the type of man you are seeking. Start with the process by your choice of profile name. Choose a name that resembles the type of man you are looking to attract. Choose a name like sailor girl, golfer chick or gourmet enthusiast. Pick a tag line that shows at a glance what you want, such as sailor looking for a mate, dancer seeking partner or volley with me.

Speak His Language

If you are searching for a man who sails recreationally, then use sailing terms within your profile. Pepper your "about me" section with terms about the activity you enjoy. Catch his interest by showing him you know how to speak his language in your online dating profile. Refer to terms within the activity that only insiders know, include a paragraph about the best time you had doing this activity. Show him that you will fit into his existing world and circle of friends. Let him know you two share similar interests.

Be Consistent

Carry the message throughout your dating profile with the use of pictures and words. List the traits you desire along with a picture of you on a sailboat, cooking in the kitchen, playing volleyball or dancing. Show your participation within the activity. Give him a chance to see your enthusiasm for the activity and offer to share this experience with him. Subtly inform him that you have a full exciting life that you would like to share with another, but do not require another to "feel" complete, though your messages and picture, not through the actual words.

August 11 2014

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Berlin urges constructive relationship between Moscow and Kiev



BERLIN Mon May 26, 2014 5:59am EDT



BERLIN May 26 (Reuters) - Russia can help stabilise Ukraine by building a constructive relationship with its newly elected leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Monday after Petro Poroshenko won Sunday's Ukrainian presidential election.

Ukrainian voters had sent a "clear message" that they wanted to overcome their troubles in unity and respect for the rule of law and democracy, said Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert, adding that this could help stabilise the situation there.

"It is also important for Russia to have a constructive relationship with the new leadership that emerges from this election," Seibert told a news conference. (Reporting by Stephen Brown; editing by Erik Kirschbaum)



August 10 2014

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God And You - A Faithful Relationship.



I think we can agree that a relationship regardless of who it is between requires faith, trust, respect, and reliability to exist and to last. This relationship whether it is between friends, a married couple, or between God and you requires certain specific values or expectations to exist, grow, and flourish. The parties to this relationship establish boundaries or expectations that they usually expect from each other. It is through this expectation that each of us has for each other that the relationship grows and strengthens. The trust that develops from being confident in that other person's word, belief's, trust shown, respect given, actions, and reliability establishes a bond and relationship which can only grow and deepen. It becomes the foundation of that relationship. The parties of that relationship establish themselves what the level, basis, and or depth that relationship will be.

As you can tell from the title of this article the relationship we want to examine is between you and God. This article is not meant to explore every aspect of this relationship but to focus on the point that a relationship with God requires commitment from both God and You. Specifically this relationship requires faith. This faith means your faith in God and God's faith in you. Did you ever think about God's faith in you? Do you know God has faith in you?

In today's world with most Christian preaching, the message of this relationship appears to be one sided with you being the one being asked to make commitments, sacrifices, and constantly make the effort as you are falling short of your obligations and commitments in this relationship. This emphasis appears to say you can not have a full relationship with God unless you are constantly doing works or meeting some unobtainable or moving standard. I can assure you that God does not see it that way. I do not mean that God is falling short as God is perfect and he loves you. God is the same everyday; faithful in his Word and promises to all who seek him. God is never late with his promises. God is a family. You are a part of that family. You can have a relationship now if you repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.

God is not seeking a one way relationship with you just to prove his power and authority as the Supreme Being (Colossians 1:18). God sent his Son Jesus Christ into this world to bear witness to the truth and to show his love for us (1 John 4:9). Jesus told this to Pontius Pilate when asked. He did not come to govern by force but by spiritual influence (John 18: 37). As was discussed above any relationship requires commitment, trust, and faith in the other person. It is no different in a relationship with God. In a relationship you should know the other person's character and what to expect. In this relationship God knows who and what you are or are not, and He has accepted you "as is" and is seeking a relationship with you. Have you fully accepted God and his son Jesus Christ as your Savior to start this relationship? Do not let Satan and the uninformed deceive you and paint a picture of this relationship which is not supported by Scripture.

God instructs us to have faith in our Lord our God. Why does God command this? He commands this so we will learn to walk in righteous and accept what he has done for us. The righteous will walk by faith (Romans 1:17). The righteous from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe (Romans 3: 22). He commands us to put him first. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrew 11:1). By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible (Hebrews 11: 2-3).

The bible at Hebrew 11: 6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God because any one who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. We learn from Romans 5:1 that we have been justified through faith therefore we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We gain access by faith in to this grace or relationship in which we now stand (Romans 5:2) or when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.

Our relationship with God starts when we start to recognize that God is calling us in our daily lives. The foundation of this relationship begins when we accept God and His Son Jesus Christ as Our Savior. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). The bible at 1 John 4: 15 states "If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God." We see from this Verse and Verse 16 the love God has for us. When we accept this relationship it is the beginning of our faith. This decision will be the most important decision of our lives. It is so important that your response will define your life here on earth and for all eternity. The majority of people have failed to address this critical issue in a serious manner whether we are speaking generally of the population or those who profess to be a Christian. The decision to accept or reject Jesus Christ and his "Word" or "Truth" is a decision that should be made carefully. It is crucial and foundational to any relationship with God.

God loved us so much that he made us in his own image. The bible at Genesis 1: 27 states "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." God has revealed himself to us through creation. This relationship with God began with us being made in his same image with the same feelings and emotions that we experience and can relate to with other fellow human beings in our lives. In short, we experience the same feelings and emotions as God does. I emphasize this to point out that even though you do not see God physically you experience God's faith in you through his Word, Spirit, and actions. You also experience God's love for us through others whom have accepted the calling on their lives to live in love and peace. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22). These are the gifts of God to those who seek a relationship with him. God has poured out his love to us by the Holy Spirit. While we were sinners Christ died for us. If we want to enjoy these fruits we must join our lives to His. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. God did not send his Son to condemn the world but to save the world through him (John 3: 16-17).

We can learn of God's faith and God's faith in us through the Scriptures. The bible at 1 Thessalonians 5:24 states "The one who calls you is faithful." Faithful is he. He who has called you is faithful, and if you trust him he will preserve you, the faithful. God has planned before the beginning of time a hope of eternal life with you. God does not lie and his promise of life and salvation through his son Jesus Christ will be fulfilled (Titus 1:1-3). God choose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the spirit and belief in the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13). This promise you must accept as true if you seek a relationship with God as it is a fundamental part of Gods plan, character, and promise to you.

Our God is faithful to his word, character, and promises. The word of the Lord is right and true and he is faithful in all he does (Psalm 33:4). If your faith is weak or if you stumble in your faith and walk with God the bible is clear God will not. The bible at 2 Timothy 2:11-13 establishes one of God's promises. It states "If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure; we will also reign with him." If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. This is a faithful relationship which God promises and you can believe in, have faith in, accept, embrace, and rely on. If you should not have faith it will not nullify God's faithfulness (Romans 3:3). He will continue to be faithful. The many promises of God can not be changed as they are promises which establish who God is, his perfection, his love for us, and his plan for our lives and our relationship with him.

In Deuteronomy 32:4 it states, "He is a Rock, his works are perfect, and his ways are just, A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. This is the first time in the Bible that God is called a "Rock." It clearly expresses his perfection, lasting durability, his unchanging faith, and the character of his promises. This faith is part of his promise and guarantee to you which God promises you can rely on. God is a Rock and will fulfill his promises to you which you can count on as part of his relationship with you. This promise of God (as well as all others) you can find comfort and strength in with your relationship with God. You can rely on God's Word. God is light and in him there is no darkness (1John:1:5). The word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). The one who believes and does Christ's word's is building upon the "Rock." I sincerely hope you make this choice.

Let look at additional Scripture of God's faithfulness. In Deuteronomy 7:9 it says "Know therefore that the Lord your God is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments." The Lord will be faithful in fulfilling his promises to the righteous. In 1 Corinthians 1:9 the bible says "God who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful." God is faithful to his promises and will keep you by his power through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5). The Lord is faithful and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

In 2 Samuel 22 during the reign of David the Lord delivered David from his enemies. The bible at verse 2-3 quotes David's faith. It says "The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior." David's call upon the Lord is an act of faith, trust, and acceptance of Gods Word and Supremacy.



Faith is an action. It is an action on your part and God's part. God is always there. He will not forsake you. He hears your prayers. God sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins. He is calling you into a relationship with him. Why did or does God do this? He does this because he loves you and has faith in you. He forgives your sins everyday if you ask and are sincere and repented. You need to learn God is faithful for yourself. It's that important. Do you part to allow God to move in your life by staying in the spirit. If you do what you can do, God will do his part. Take that first step if you have not already done so in your relationship with God.

Jesus knew of his Father's plan for him to suffer and die as the world's Redeemer. The promises of God and his divine plan for mankind helped Jesus endure the suffering he experienced during his crucifixion. Jesus, the perfecter of our faith, was faithful to his Father. He is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2). I know of no other greater act of love or faith than that of Jesus Christ for us and his Father.

The Bible at Hebrews 11 gives us many examples of faith by Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, David, Moses and others. The Israelites feared the Lord and put their trust in him and his servant Moses when God saved the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians (Exodus 14:31) during the parting of the Red Sea. These men spoke of faith from an internal strength and found God trustworthy to the promises made to them. These men were faithful, followed God, and can be examples of trusting in God through their daily lives even though they had not yet received what had been promised (Hebrews 11:39). This is the promise of the Messiah and the gospel of Jesus Christ. All must repent and accept Jesus Christ. It is clear that faith is strongest when it is placed in someone who has proven trustworthy. God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ "the Rock" have proven trustworthy. The message here is that these men believed and acted in faith and did as they were instructed. We too must act in faith.

We can see that God's faithfulness is enduring, lasting, and will not change. How is your faith in God? Have you accepted a relationship with God and his Son Jesus Christ? Have you accepted the Bible and the above as truth, or are you waiting for God to prove himself or perform in someway before you begin your walk or fully accept Jesus Christ as your Savior? I urge you to pray and seek God's guidance if you are still undecided.

If you are experiencing problems in your life, know that God is not the designer of that illness, unhappiness, financial problem, or the problem or strife in your life that is affecting you. God is good and loving and wants to lift these burdens from you. We must learn and accept that God is always ready with his word, blessings, and promises. He is never late. He is waiting for you to accept him and his word and have faith. Faith is the key. We must remove those doubts from our lives and learn to think about God in the right way and have faith in him. We must remove those obstacles and any doubts from our lives that prevent us from accepting God's promise of salvation through faith fully. God will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises (2 Peter 3:9). We grow in our faith often in difficult times which teaches and tests us whether we truly accept our relationship with God. God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).

I urge you to examine your life and whether you accept your relationship with God. God is only asking you to believe and have faith while being led by the Spirit. You do not have to do any works to earn God's favor and salvation. It is important to be faithful so that we can be witnesses for God and teach others. We must come to a place where we accept one hundred percent God's existence, God's plan for our lives, and the blood sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins. The faith you show releases God's power in your life. If we confess our sins God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from unrighteous (1 John 1:9). We are purified by obeying the truth through the Spirit (1 Peter 1:22).

A relationship with God is not one side and is not about asking God for gifts and material things. It is deeper than that and goes beyond the realm of servant and master as many see and view it and conduct their lives. It is a loving relationship with emotions and responsibilities that can only be received and given through acceptance, commitment, faith, actions, and prayer. It is a relationship between God the Father and his son Jesus Christ who is the Savior of this world. There is a comfort in knowing God is there for you at all times and not just when it is convenient when we want him in our lives. It is a full time relationship and only experienced once you fully accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. The bible is clear that God is faithful. Why is God faithful? He does not need to be faithful to himself if that is why he established this world. God established this world and his master plan to have a relationship with YOU. The bible at Psalms 117:2 states "For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever." This is his promise of everlasting love for us.

Faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). The righteous from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe (Romans 3:22). It is impossible to please God without faith and any one who comes to him must believe that he exists and that God rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11: 6).

Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:3). If you trust in the Lord and in all your ways acknowledge him, he will make straight your path (Proverbs 3:5). If you seek a relationship with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, grow in faith and put on the armor of God, for we are assured victory in our lives and our relationship.

When you think about God's faith in you, the following should be considered. God had planned for your life before the human race or world was made. God sent his Son Jesus Christ to be your intercessor with Him. God created you in his own image wanting you to have dominion over this world. God gave you the ability to think and make decisions for yourself. God's has always planned and wanted a relationship with you. God has always wanted a relationship with his creation which is a part of his divine plan. It is God's divine plan to establish a kingdom here on earth which will rebuke Satan's attempt to challenge his authority and supremacy by calling mankind to everlasting life and perfection through Jesus Christ.



While it is nice and beneficial to read about God's relationship with other's, it is better to experience your own relationship and live it. The learning about other's faith and life does not make you alive in Jesus Christ, only your actions will. Jesus said at John 11:25 "I am the RESSURRECTION AND THE LIFE (emphasis mine)." He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. God wants to know what is in your heart. Life is short but are you ready for eternity? He that comes to the Father through his son Jesus Christ will not be cast out or driven away (John 6: 37). God and his son Jesus Christ are faithful and they will be faithful to you if you desire and seek a relationship with God. May the peace, love, and blessings of our Father and Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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Allmendinger Sponsor Extends Relationship - ABC News



WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Aug 8, 2014, 1:19 PM ET

AJ Allmendinger's Sprint Cup ride in the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG Daugherty Racing just got a boost.

The one-car team announced Friday that Kimberly-Clark Corp. has extended its sponsorship through the 2017 Sprint Cup season with their SCOTT, Viva, Kleenex, Cottonelle, and Huggies brands. Kimberly-Clark has been with the team for five years.



JTG co-owner Tad Geschickter says he's "excited that they saw a positive return on investment and chose to continue to invest in the sport with JTG Daugherty Racing."

Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 brand share in more than 80 countries.

Allmendinger is 25th in points heading into the weekend.

August 09 2014

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Complaining To Friends Increases Girls' Misery



Girls who dish to their friends about their problems may actually be increasing their misery by doing so.

Such are the findings of a study released Sunday, in which researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that "co-rumination" -- in other words, excessively discussing problems with close friends -- appears to increase anxiety and depression in young and adolescent girls.



Boys of the same age, on the other hand, appeared to be immune to these effects.

The study appears in the July issue of the American Psychological Association (APA) journal Developmental Psychology.

"We used to really worry about kids who don't have friends," said lead study author Amanda Rose, associate professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. "That makes sense; we still should worry about them. But we usually feel good about kids who have friends whom they can talk to.

"It is important that parents and professionals not ignore the possibility that girls with close friends are still at risk for depression and anxiety."

Psychology experts grappled over exactly how the findings should be interpreted. Alan Kazdin, professor of child psychiatry at Yale University and former president of the APA, said the findings point to certain warning signs for parents.

"A little bit of talking about problems is fine, but much focus on trauma, injury and problems can incubate -- increase or exacerbate -- their effect," he said. "Sensitizing parents to this and having professionals sensitize parents and teachers to this would be helpful."

Some, however, questioned the link.

"It should be noted that this is shows a co-occurrence of two behaviors... and not a causal relationship," said Dr. Chris Okiishi, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. "In other words, this study does not show that one causes the other -- just that they occurred at the same time."

And Nadine Kaslow, chief psychologist at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and a professor at Emory University's School of Medicine, said there are benefits to communicating concerns with friends that go beyond depression and anxiety.

"Just because it makes us feel depressed, it isn't all bad," she said. "We wouldn't keep doing it if it just made us feel bad."

She added that it is important to note that while such interactions may increase certain symptoms of anxiety or depression, it does not necessarily mean that a girl is clinically anxious or depressed.

"We need to be really careful, because while you might have symptoms of anxiety and depression, that does not necessarily mean you have the condition," she said.

A Vicious Cycle

Rose and her colleagues looked at both boys and girls in 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th grades over a six-month period to see how sharing problems with friends correlated with anxious and depressed feelings.

What they found was that for girls, sharing problems with friends strengthened their friendships -- but it also increased their feelings of depression and anxiety.

"What is interesting is that co-rumination is not only linked with anxiety and depression, but it is also linked with friends feeling close to one another," Rose said.



The same trend was not seen in boys, in whom sharing problems increased feelings of friendship but had no impact on their depression or anxiety levels.

Yale's Kazdin said the findings of the study seem to back up behavior differences seen between girls and boys.

August 08 2014

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JPMorgan examining its relationship with domestic U.S. banks: WSJ



Fri May 9, 2014 9:08pm EDT

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A sign is seen on the Canary Wharf offices of JP Morgan in London September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A sign is seen on the Canary Wharf offices of JP Morgan in London September 19, 2013.

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(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) may cut down on its domestic correspondent banking business, as it scans its relationship with several hundred of domestic correspondent banking clients, Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The report cited its sources as saying the bank started the review in January and is examining its relationship with domestic correspondent clients, for which it clears payments and processes other transactions.

JPMorgan has stopped soliciting new business from its few hundred clients and has also stopped accepting new clients until the review is complete, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

It said the companies under review include Citigroup Inc (C.N) unit Banamex USA, according to the report. Banamex is already facing investigation by Mexico's National Bank and Securities Commission for fraudulent loans.

JPMorgan and Citigroup could not be reached for comment outside usual U.S. business hours. (r.reuters.com/wyw29v)

(Reporting by Anannya Pramanick in Bangalore; Editing by David Gregorio)

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