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Stitching Together the Pieces of a Broken Heart

My name is Mai. I am probably one of the tallest Asian women you’ll ever meet. I was born in Vietnam after the war. Shortly after my mom gave birth to me, my dad built a boat for us to escape from Vietnam. The country was ruled by communism and the living conditions were desperate….


Being so Deep in Love Hurts.

Within 30 seconds of meeting her, my heart stopped. I had to take off my glasses because I couldn’t look her in the eyes. I knew life, as I knew it, was over 90 seconds after we introduced ourselves. This was supposed to be a “business” thing… we’re both online business coaches and were meeting…


The Boy Next Door Was the One All Along

It was the summer of 1990 and my family had just moved to Bayside, New York. My parents were one of the many young families flocking to the neighborhood at the time. The Pistilli family consisted of my father, Joe, my mother, Jamie, my brother Michael who was 4 at the time, and myself, a…


I Felt Guilty Because I Hated Being a Mom.

I recently shared the story of meeting my husband Blaine at my best friend’s wedding, which led to our whirlwind romance. What followed was a shotgun wedding 3 months later, a move to another state together, and a rocky first year of marriage. Then my husband was deployed to Afghanistan for 7 months. Sometimes it’s…

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How We Saved Our Marriage After a Rocky First Year

I met my husband Blaine at my best friend’s wedding. I was a bridesmaid and Blaine was a guest of the groom (they were friends from being in the Marines together.) The wedding was in Pennsylvania but Blaine was stationed in Virginia on active duty at the time. Luckily since he was stateside, he was…


I Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer 6 Months Into A New Relationship

The first year of a new relationship is often referred to as the ‘honeymoon phase’ because everything is so fun and exciting. You both get butterflies before seeing each other, agree on basically everything, and can’t keep your hands off each other. But for me and Danny, things didn’t exactly go that way. Our ‘honeymoon…


This Woman’s Remarkable Story Is for Anyone Who’s Loved and Lost

I was 45 and he was 29. We met in a French Medieval village. And after 4 days of debate, I decided to go out with him. I couldn’t resist him. He was the most extraordinary partner I have ever had. He was a painter and a sculptor. He loved roman architecture and he was…


What Happens When Two Artists Fall in Love

“I met Eric when we were both working at clothing stores on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. He worked two stores down from me, and we would always see each other from a distance. He finally approached me one day and said, “You are beautiful. You look like the kind of girl who listens to…


This Groom Says Beautiful Vows to Bride’s Daughter.

I met Mike through mutual friends a couple of years before we started dating. We started talking because he knew that I was a huge Kobe Bryant fan and one day he saw Kobe at our gym and messaged me to tell me. I rushed right over and had my first ever Kobe sighting. I…


Freshman Year of College, Emily Told Me She Didn’t Want to Be My Valentine. We’ve Spent Every Valentine’s Day Together Since.

Emily is the kind of girl you always dream of. I’m from a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama, so it made sense for me to go to the University of Alabama, but I know God had a special plan in mind when he brought Emily there from Houston, Texas. We met as freshman through a…