• Married at First Sight,  Reality TV Star Interviews,  Season 9

    Despite Their Instant Attraction, Married at First Sight’s Amber Bowles Reveals She Has Concerns About Matt Gwynne

    Amber Bowles and Matt Gwynne took a leap of faith and tied the knot in Season 9 of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight. When you marry a stranger, it’s important to learn as much about them as you can. Family can shed critical light on that in the early days of marriage. For Amber, the absence of Matt’s family at their wedding made that a challenge. I asked if that brought up any concerns for her. “With family being so important to me, I was concerned about the fact that Matt didn’t invite his family to the wedding. I was curious as to the reason behind that decision, as well,”…

  • Married at First Sight,  Reality TV Star Interviews,  Season 9

    Married at First Sight ~ Iris Caldwell Shares Communication Challenges With Keith Manley [Exclusive]

    On Married at First Sight Season 9, Keith and Iris are working on developing a foundation to go the distance. For them, the beginning of that foundation is communication. While Keith is more reserved about saying what he’s thinking, Iris is totally open with sharing her thoughts. Keith states on film how much he appreciates that quality in Iris. “It’s comforting to know my wife is so expressive. She will tell you exactly how she feels. She’s just somebody that I can express anything I’m feeling with, so she’s made things a whole lot easier [for me],” he says. Although things appear to be going well for them, there are…

  • Married at First Sight,  Reality TV Star Interviews,  Season 9

    Married at First Sight’s Deonna Shares How She Prepared to Marry a Stranger {Exclusive}

    When Married at First Sight viewers heard Deonna confess to Greg she hadn’t been in a relationship for 10 years, there was a deep, collective gasp. Greg’s initial reaction mirrored the feeling of shock that fans felt. The big question on my mind…and everyone else’s…was how did Deonna ensure she was ready for a long-term commitment after not having been in a relationship for 10 years? I have your answer in this exclusive interview with Deonna. “As I prepared to marry a stranger, I spent time focusing on me and my relationship with God. I wanted to be sure that I was mentally and emotionally ready to make such a…

  • Married at First Sight,  Season 9

    Married at First Sight Season 9 ~ Greg Bridges Deonna’s 10-Year Relationship Gap

    Deonna, a 30-year old operations manager is a go-getter, with two degrees and a home. She is looking for a man that is God-fearing, smart and shows a passion for something in life. Deonna hasn’t dated since her last relationship ended 10 years ago. (Gasp.) Instead, she has focused on her education, healing her heart, letting her guard down and allowing people in. At 32, Greg is a successful entrepreneur, owning a Math Learning Center. Religion is important to him so he wanted to be matched with a woman that has the same desire to grow her faith. This man has it together. When Greg and Deonna first met at…

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    Married at First Sight Season 9~Amber’s Exuberant Affection vs. Matt’s Quiet Reserve

    Amber is a 27-year-old 8th grade English teacher who considers herself a tomboy. When her mother left her at the age of seven, she developed a fear of rejection. Now she’s ready to put her trust in the experts and is committed to making her marriage work. Amber is honest and open about her instant attraction to Matt. She’s so thrilled with her match, she can’t stop kissing him. Matt is a 31-year-old professional basketball player. After spending many years traveling for his career, he’s ready to focus on settling down and planting roots in Charlotte. Matt is introspective and low-key, contrasting with Amber’s energetic and upbeat personality. At first…

  • Married at First Sight,  Season 8

    Married at First Sight Season 8 ~ Healing From Betrayal

    Season 8 of “Married at First Sight” has been the most difficult one for me to watch. Seeing  Luke and Kate’s disfunctional relationship was heartwrenching and triggered some memories of betrayal from long ago. As a form of trauma, relationship betrayal is one of the hardest things to heal from. The way you viewed the world has now changed. What you previously thought was safe, the things you could count and rely on, what works and what doesn’t work have been shattered. Your mind is in a state of chaos and you don’t have the internal or external tools to deal with those changes.  Kate believed Luke went into the…

  • Married at First Sight,  Season 8

    Married at First Sight Season 8 ~ Predicting the Future

    With Season 8 of Married at First Sight coming to an end, it’s time to make predictions on whether the couples choose to stay married or get a divorce. My thoughts have been going in a certain direction in the last few weeks. Last night’s episode solidified things even more for me. Let’s get to it… We’ve all heard the saying “opposites attract”, but to build a foundation of love, common core values have to be shared. Will and Jasmine have some conflicting core values.     We saw early on that gender roles were going to be a problem. While Jasmine wants a man to take care of her and pay the bills, Will…

  • Married at First Sight,  Season 8

    Married at First Sight Season 8 ~ Will and Jasmine’s Conflict on Gender Roles

    At first glance on Married at First Sight Season 8, it looked like Will and Jasmine just might be the perfect match. They were both physically attracted to one another and they had an initial easy banter between them. It wasn’t long before they realized that physical attraction is only one component of compatibility.  When the couple started having deeper conversations about finances and household tasks, they realized they are not on the same page with gender roles. Jasmine is looking for what she calls a “traditional” relationship, where the man takes care of the bills. Will is looking for a partnership with a 50/50 split.  In order for them to come…

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    Married at First Sight Season Season 8 Episodes 1 & 2 ~ Initial Actions Speak Louder Than Words

    Married At First Sight is back on Lifetime and I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year! Each season, production company Kinetic Content gives us a new little twist. With Season 8 in Philly, that extra something comes with the addition of a couple and an extra 30 minutes of airtime! Here are my initial thoughts on the not three, but four couples this season. Jasmine, 30, is putting it all on the line to find love. She owns her own home, has a successful career and knows what it’s like to be in a long-term relationship.  Will, 37, has great role models in both a father…

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    Married at First Sight ~ Respect is a State of Mind

    After watching last night’s episode of Married at First Sight, I feel gut-punched. I want these couples to succeed to the point that I feel a personal investment in their success. The focus on respect this week got me thinking about how we individually interpret respect based on our upbringing, experiences and each situation. We show respect when we honor people of authority…parents, teachers, bosses. Self-respect is when we follow a moral compass or set of values we define for ourselves. There is also mutual respect in relationships. Respect in relationships is built when you consider the thoughts and feelings of your partner over your own. That requires active listening. It also requires eliminating…