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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 ~ 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…