The other day I announced on Instagram that we'd be starting a new Dating and Relationships Series following the adventures of Pooks, a fiery, smart, gorgeous-inside-and-out Boston-based friend of mine in who is in her early thirties, divorced, and after doing some self-reflection, is finally ready to start dating again.
We did a little survey on Instagram, and in it, I asked a bunch of dating and relationship questions in the hopes to uncover what sort of content you'd like Pooks to focus on. One of the questions I asked was what you guys were struggling with in your own relationships, and I was really surprised by the answers. I'm not sure what I expected, but I was taken aback by how many of you were struggling with self-confidence which was then trickling over into your romantic relationships and how many of you were disagreeing with your partners about the frequency of intimacy, among other things.
After reading the results of the survey, I realized we needed to dive deeper. While I'm still looking forward to Pooks writing about her new dating life, I'm also looking forward to discussing some of the more serious issues you guys are dealing with. It's my hope that by bringing the issues to light on the blog, it'll spark important conversations between all of us that'll hopefully be helpful to those struggling. I'm no relationship expert (understatement of the year), but I do think the lessons of yoga can be applied to any life situation and help provide clarity, so I'm happy to look at each situation from that perspective, as well.
Acknowledging that our community is diverse, I'm also hoping to bring in guest contributors from all different backgrounds with different experiences, who have been in or are in similar situations as those who are struggling, and I'm hoping to tap into the YBC® Community via instagram and here, for reader insight as well. It's my hope that the comments section will be a place of support, encouragement and advice for these posts, so please feel free to offer your two cents when the posts go live, beginning next month. The goals with this series are to share experiences, learn from others, have a good laugh once in a while, and ultimately develop a deeper connection within the YBC® community so that you know you're never, ever alone.
If you have a relationship struggle we should consider discussing on the blog, you can submit it here. We'll ask for your email address only because we may need to get in touch with you, but don't worry, you will remain anonymous when we post, promise.
Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the more lighthearted side of things. It's Valentine's Day. Some love it, some loathe it, and some don't really care either way. Me? I always think back to the lyrics from My Funny Valentine, and just think every day should have a little romance whenever possible. Either way, I think there's no better time than to read about people's best and worst dates. These were shared anonymously through the aforementioned survey we took. Hope you enjoy, and don't forget, you can always share yours below in the comments! Happy Valentine's day, if you celebrate. And if you don't, Happy Wednesday, my friends. It's a great day to have a great day. (Too much? Sorry. #cheesy #mmcheese)