Category: Relationships Written by Shanon A. Stanislaus
Married for over a decade, Brian K. and Nene Marks are a symbol of the 1 in 9 mixed-race marriages in the USA today. Brooklyn-born Brian and Nene, a native of Liberia, Africa, met at an industry function many years ago. Brian, who has spent 30 years creating ethnic hair care brands such as African Pride and Dr. Miracle's, worked with Nene to create her own hair care line, Nene's Secret. Nene came to the USA at age 17 speaking very little English, and developed a successful acting and modeling career. The couple, who have worked on the Nene's Secret brand over the last 2 years, also have 4 children.
"We've been blessed to have never experienced direct racism in relation to our relationship and marriage. Though our marriage surprised both sets of our parents, for sure, their eventual love and support was deeply appreciated," Nene said. "To my knowledge, we're the first mixed-race couple to market an ethnic hair care product. With Brian's background, my experience as a model, and knowledge of the natural ingredients from my rich homeland in Africa, creating a great product that all consumers can enjoy is what Nene's Secret is all about." With their successful marriage and great working relationship, they hope to be an inspiration.
"Negativity and chaos have always been a part of the world," says Nene, "but there are millions of happy mixed-race couples and marriages, and we all need to highlight and celebrate them."
Comments are gladly welcome at www.NenesSecret.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 12:02
Category: Relationships Written by Media Relations
A recent CNN article talks about the far-reaching effects of student loans and how student debts are causing students to delay spending, saving - and marriage. The majority of borrowers said they had not anticipated having such a difficult time repaying their loans and 60% feel some amount of regret
about the decision to fund their education using loans. Kerrigan is a college graduate who has not even bothered to look for a girlfriend though being married has been his dream. During the economic
downturn, he found a job as a security guard.
"I am absolutely sure that no girl would look at what I do and consider me a prospect for marriage." Said Kerrigan. "Making money is all I care for - and I see that as the only way I will attract a girl."
His story is among the many singles who postponed marriage because of having 'not made it' yet in their career. Some couples who are considering forming a family are holding back as they could not even meet the basic financial requirements to be independent -- staying at home with their parents, carpooling to work etc.
Marriage expert and bestselling author Hellen Chen, whose marital advice has been showcased in over 200 publications, radio and TV interviews in 18 countries worldwide, has a unique viewpoint from her experience as an unorthodox matchmaker. She has helped over 100 men and women to get
married regardless of their background. Chen said, "In generations before us, we do not hear of such reasoning that a guy or a girl needs to have financial achievements in order to marry. Yet, in modern society, 'no money' has been one of the top reasons why someone has delayed marriage. "
Chen observed that career has come before marriage instead of the healthier way of having career and marriage at the same time -- forming a family while striving for success in a career.
Chen sees this as a dangerous trend that is eroding the basic building blocks of society. When the idea of forming a family is suppressed by 'lack of money,' men and women have already lost their dream of having a family. "All my attention was on making money - nothing else." said Kerrigan,
who then attended one of Chen's Love Workshop last year. At Chen's matchmaking effort, he married his current wife Amy and Amy is now 6 months pregnant. "I have no idea that a married life would bring so much to my life." said Kerrigan. "I have never felt that life could be so complete with
someone by my side. And with our baby who is arriving, it gave me more motivation to strive harder. My wife and I are working together to overcome any financial difficulties. I could not ask for more!"
"There is no rule in marriage." said Chen, who has worked with many singles and couples personally, and some of them for many years to help them through various difficulties of keeping a relationship.
Chen documented these real-life stories in her book "The Matchmaker of the Century." This book subsequently became the Number One bestselling relationship and marriage book on Barnes and Noble. "All these 'rules' and 'conditions' about having to have money first before getting married are laid in for the sake of having security. But if having money is a security in marriage, why are we seeing divorces affecting well-to-do people anyways?" said Chen. "You can have love and money. Being married does not rob a person of career opportunities. But getting married will help a person mature faster and become more able to accomplish more in his or her career."
Chen added. For young adults, Chen advised them to work hard and have their own career paths but never delay marriage because of money. "You are only 20 years old or 27 years old once. You want to be able to do everything together - work, marry and raise children. Waiting drains
your energy. But having a family energize you and strengthen your base." Chen said. To help working professionals to learn how to step into marriage and balance marriage and career, Chen has started a series of Love Seminars around the world. She has also launched a "Love You Forever" campaign and will personally married off at least 60 singles this year. For more information about Chen's familial philosophies, visit http://MatchmakerOfTheCentury.com
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:56
Category: Relationships Written by \Andrea Syrtash and Jeff Wilser/ Huffington Post Staff
Every time you go on a date, you're faced with 347 "rules" on how to act, what to say, when to call him, when to kiss him and how to play "the game." We're done with that. Dating rules are dead. The rules say that you should Always do this and Never do that, but our take is this: Never trust a rule that begins with "Never," and always question a rule that begins with "Always."
In It's Okay to Sleep with Him on the First Date: and Every Other Rule of Dating, Debunked, we cover the gamut of dating rules -- everything from dating psychology, the first date, social media and dating to sex and monogamous relationships -- and show how The Rules can hurt your chances.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 13:20
Category: Relationships Written by Today
He likes it hot, but for her, the bed's a furnace now she's getting hot flashes. What to do?
To ease temperature-related complaints, mattress sellers and manufacturers have launched several new products to end the arguments and restless nights. These high-tech products, which include mattresses and mattress toppers, help sleepers control the temperature of their beds.
"The main complaint is that usually one of the two is fine and one isn't, and that makes it very difficult for a couple to get a balance in the bedroom," said Pete Bils, vice president of sleep innovation and clinical research for Sleep Number, a unit of Select Comfort. "Usually one is too hot, and the other could be too cold."
While baby-boomers are not the only market for these products, they are a sizable portion of buyers as women seek ways to reduce the effects of hot flashes linked to menopause. Continue To Today.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 14:33
Category: Relationships Written by Huffington Post Staff
It seems that betrayal really is in the eye of the beholder.
A recent HuffPost/YouGov survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found that people's definition of emotional infidelity depends on who's doing the cheating. Sixty percent of respondents said that if their partner developed a deep emotional connection with someone else, it would be considered cheating. Only 18 percent said that it wouldn't be considered cheating.
However, when a separate group of 1,000 adults was asked the reverse -- "Say that you were in a committed relationship and you developed a deep emotional connection with someone other than your partner. Would you consider that to be cheating?" -- the number who said "no" increased to 29 percent of respondents. Fifty percent said "yes," and 21 percent were not sure.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 13:09
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