Why I Should Have Waited to Marry

Seven Ways I Knew He Was "The One"

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have learned the hard way that there are some relationships that are just…wrong.  Thankfully though, I’ve also discovered that there are also relationships that are just…right. Looking back, I know there were signs in my first relationship.  Signs that I clearly ignored. Read More

Why I Should Have Waited to Marry

Six Things I Learned From Being in a Bad Marriage

I’m over at DivorcedMoms.com again today talking about all the things you can learn about yourself as you emerge from a bad marriage and divorce.   Or you can check it out on The Huffington Post! Image Credit: (Edited) “Yoga” by arztsamui / freedigitalphotos.net Follow Live by Surprise on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest and Bloglovin

Why I Should Have Waited to Marry

Our Story: Marriage "After" Divorce

My divorce was long, difficult, and messy.  We’d discussed finalizing the paperwork, but my ex outright refused to pay his half.  “I’m Catholic.  I don’t believe in divorce.” Yeah.  Catholic.  Right. Anyway – everything was done except for the decree.  I didn’t have the piece of paper that said I was completely and wholly apart Read More

Why I Should Have Waited to Marry

Celebrations, Anniversaries, and Being Together – Not Alone

There came a day about six years into my marriage, just after my ex celebrated his 40th birthday, when I realized his parents would have recently had their 40th wedding anniversary.  You might think this an odd thought.  Wouldn’t I know?  Wouldn’t there have been a celebration of this fateful event?  Why would I just Read More

Merging Households

Merging Households: 5 Ways to Make Common Financial Goals

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. One of the failings of my first marriage was our approach (or rather lack thereof) to managing money. I admit freely that I did not have a mature understanding of budgeting, and my ex, although he was much older than I, had learned to manage money by using his Read More