• 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…

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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…

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    Married at First Sight ~ Flying High, Holding on Tight and Hitting Rock Bottom

    As season six of Married at First Sight comes to the halfway point, couples take viewers on a trapeze ride that leaves us breathless. Seriously. I can’t breathe. I could hear a collective gasp as Pastor Cal talked about being “submissive” to your spouse. So what does that mean? In essence, it’s putting your partner’s wants and needs above your own. It’s being selfless. When both partners are willing to do this, they develop a strong foundation based on compromise. Okay…exhale.  Jephte and Shawniece are flying high right now. When Jephte refused to swap phones and walked out on Shawniece, it could have been the end of their relationship. Instead, he used a…

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    Married at First Sight ~ Energy in Authentic Relationships

    With authentic relationships, positive energy flows continually from one person to the other and back again. It’s rarely ever a perfect balance, rather like the ebb and flow of the tide. You give of yourself to fill the other person’s need for unconditional love, support and acceptance and they give of themselves to fill yours. It’s going through times of trial that you realize who the people are that are there to lift you up and carry you when you are too weak to walk on your own. They fill up your emptiness with words and arms of love so you can survive another day.  It is through this lens…

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    Married at First Sight ~ Is It Honeymoon Bliss?

    The Married at First Sight weddings are over and it’s on to honeymoon bliss…or is it? Ryan and Jackie are definitely in the blissful stage. In the first few hours and days of their marriage, their physical and emotional connection is so real, it’s hard to believe they just met.  Their families also jelled like they’ve known each other for years. Seeing their children so happy at the wedding and brunch brought relief and joy to both sets of parents, but especially Jackie’s after watching their daughter endure such a devastating loss.  So far, Ryan is saying and doing everything perfectly. So perfectly, that it leaves room to wonder if he’s sincere. Even Jackie…

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    Married at First Sight ~ Chemistry Is Great But Real Beauty Lies Much Deeper

    I LOVE the Married at First Sight weddings! This season had major good vibes with all three couples having instant physical chemistry. Of course, chemistry isn’t everything, but it sure does help if you are attracted to the stranger you marry! While all three couples had physical attraction, Jackie and Ryan were the most comfortable couple. Ryan’s charisma put Jackie at ease right from their introduction at the altar. Throughout the wedding and reception, he continued to compliment Jackie and express how happy he was. It’s clear that Ryan’s love language is words of affirmation and physical touch. Jackie will NEVER have to wonder what he is thinking or feeling.…

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    Married at First Sight ~ Boston Marriage Marathon

    In Season 6 of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight, 50,000 singles from the Boston area applied for the radical social experiment, with the ultimate goal of marrying a stranger. These singles put complete trust in a panel of show experts that use science and research to match them with their potential soulmate. Here is a first look at the six singles chosen to marry a stranger.  Jaclyn Schwartzberg, a 29 year old sales representative, has suffered the life-changing tragedy of losing a mate. Knowing what a healthy relationship is, she’s willing to risk it all to have a second chance at love.As a fire fighter, construction worker and landlord, 29 year old Ryan…

  • Seven Year Switch

    Seven Year Switch – Identifying and Aligning With Relationship Struggles

    As I safely tuck away the memories…good and bad of 2016, I resolve to live, laugh, love and learn more in 2017. I resolve to be a better wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend…and blogger. As a lifelong learner, I continually seek ways to gain knowledge. Through it’s innovative and inventive programming, production company Kinetic Content provides me the opportunity to grow in my relationships while getting my reality TV fix. Watching “Seven Year Switch” on FYI is one of those opportunities.  In this docu-series, eight people agree to pair up with experimental spouses and participate for an intense two weeks in a series of expert-guided activities and exercises called switch…

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    Seven Year Switch S:1 E:8 Finale! Accepting the Truth

    The first season of Seven Year Switch far exceeded my expectations. Every Tuesday night, FYI Network and producers at Kinetic Content took us on an intense emotional roller coaster, sprinkled with a dusting of sound applicable relationship advice from psychologists Dr. Jessica Griffin and Dr. Dan Shapiro. The season finale was hands down the most nerve-wracking two hours of viewing pleasure I’ve had since the finale of Married at First Sight Season 2. No wonder FYI has become my new go-to station for my reality TV addiction…intense emotion and sound advice? That’s a win-win! Houston and AleshiaHouston seems to have turned over a new leaf, helping with domestic chores. He and Aleshia talk about whether…