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    stop quitting

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    We all have the tendency to be quitters. We quit when things get hard, quit when we don’t feel like it, quit when there’s opposition, and quit because it’s Tuesday. But why do we quit? Sometimes it’s because we allow people’s words to make us feel like we don’t have what it takes. Like we’re […]

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  • woman in mirror

    big thighs, blue dresses, and self-love

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Under the bright dressing-room lights at Target, I try on countless outfits. I am seven months pregnant. My body looks different now with new curves and indentions and a belly that swells each day. “I am really pregnant” I think and put on long blue dress, hoping it won’t look as bad as the others. I turn […]

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  • girl with a map

    What do you really want?

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    What do you really want? It is a husband? A job? A group of friends? A healthy baby? A certain life path? It’s a simple question, but one I think we avoid asking because we’re afraid of speaking aloud the answer. Because when we don’t want anything, then we can’t get our hopes up, which in […]

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    Real Men Don’t Text Book Club

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    I’ve received several emails from people saying how great Real Men Don’t Text is to talk through as a group. One group even invited me to join them for their last study. How fun! If you are in a book club, at a college, in a Bible study, a youth leader, a mom in a […]

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  • man giving flowers

    Forgiveness Won’t Fix Your Toxic Relationship

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    I recently had coffee with a victim of an emotionally abusive relationship. Every time she was ready to leave him after an outburst, he would return the next day and apologize profusely, sometimes with flowers or big displays of affection, begging her for forgiveness. After her somewhat unemotional description of his violent behavior, she asked […]

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  • couple on a bench

    16 Things Every Woman Should Know How to Say to a Man

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The worst thing a woman can be in a relationship? Silent. But the art of expressing ourselves in living words, not typed ones, proves increasingly challenging. Here are 16 things I, like many of you, wish I learned to say to a man right as I came of age instead of a decade too late. […]

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  • Texting

    Are You Wearing Text Goggles?

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    As a millennial, I understand the appeal of the text message. It’s easy, convenient, non-threatening, and can be ignored. I have texted guys to suggest a hang out when I hadn’t heard from them in a while; I have received tweets, texts, and emails from men for last-minute ‘dates’ that never seemed to work out […]

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  • Bride and bridesmaid

    When God gives her a husband and you’re still single

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Her email landed in my inbox just after 2am. “How could God give her a husband and not me?  I’ve gone home alone a million times when she went home with a guy. I’ve waited and saved myself for my husband and she hasn’t. She’s cleaned up her act recently but she’s only spent 6 […]

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  • sexy selfie

    A Letter to Sexy-Instagram Posters

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

      (This letter is in response to this controversial letter to a teenage girl from a mom who blocks sexy-posters her from her sons’ social media feeds. Dear Sexy-Instagram Poster, I see you. That feels like a good place to start. I see how you long to be beautiful, to be told you are beautiful. […]

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    Men: This is How You Ask Her Out

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    Real Men Don’t Text is officially available today everywhere books are sold! Michael wrote this post for the men out there who want to date differently, but don’t know where to start.  Spoiler alert: it will start with a plan and a phone call. When I was in high school and college, the easiest (read: […]

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Couple sitting
Aug
19

He’s Not Intimidated | Excerpt from Real Men Don’t Text

Michael speaks some great truth here to us women who love to make excuses for the men in our lives. It’s easier to make excuses than to admit that he just doesn’t like you, isn’t it? Ladies, men are simple, but you have spent centuries trying to understand ­us—​­when our intentions are generally clear. You […]

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Hospital Waiting Room
Aug
14

a belated mercy

There’s nothing quite like waiting at the hospital. The hurried nurses, the minutes that feel like hours, the sleeping loved ones slumped over in patterned chairs. The feeling of not knowing the outcome, the frenzied prayers, the walks down the hall to pass the time, the smells, the anxiety–all vaguely familiar, yet dreadful. Last week, […]

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Real Men Don't Text Launch Team
Aug
12

Will you join our launch team?

Calling all bloggers, Real Men Don’t Text fanatics, people with influence, and the like: we need your help! Even the best books won’t sell without the help of a people like you. If you are interested in helping us spread the word about Real Men Don’t Text and getting in on some freebies, please fill […]

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Invitation to Real Men Don't Text Launch party/booksigning
Aug
7

You’re Invited | Real Men Don’t Text Launch Party

Hi Friends, Wanted to extend an open invitation to each of you for our the Real Men Don’t Text launch party & book signing. If you plan to be in Nashville on September 5th here’s the link to RSVP: http://paperless.ly/1bLLcNV . We would absolutely love to meet and celebrate alongside you! I feel like we should have […]

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Man in Car, Manly Man
Jul
28

Real Men Wait for Sex | Excerpt from Real Men Don’t Text

  Today’s excerpt is from one of Michael’s chapters, Real Men Wait for Sex, in Real Men Don’t Text: I wish I could talk to the guy in your life and figure out his intentions, but an even clearer way to discern if he really likes you is ­to—​­take a deep ­breath—​­take sex off the […]

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Group of Men
Jul
24

Men, We Need You | Thoughts on the Vanderbilt Rape Investigation

After catching word of the recent Vanderbilt sex scandal in which four football players were dismissed for alleged sex crimes, I tuned in horror hoping, praying the team I’ve always supported wasn’t really involved. The names of the players were just released and the investigation is ongoing. Recent news quotes former Volunteers quarterback Erik Ainge […]

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USA TODAY Texting has blown up the dating culture
Jul
22

“Miss You Baby” | Excerpt from Real Men Don’t Text

  Hi Friends! Michael and I were thrilled because USA Today ran an article about texting on the front page and our book was mentioned. Here’s a link to the story online. I may or may not have 11 copies of Friday’s paper. Also, our book will be in stores in six weeks. I’m so honored to […]

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Real Men Don't Text IPad Mini Giveaway
Jul
14

Win an iPad Mini!

The time has come for you to order your copy of Real Men Don’t Text! In just seven short weeks, our baby will be in stores. I cannot tell you how much your support of this book has meant over the past year. Preorder sales are critical to the success of this book–will you help […]

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Jul
8

101 Secrets for Your Twenties

How is everyone’s summer going? Michael & I have moved and somehow June just flew by and here we are on July 8th. I’ve been reading a lot and trying to process and slow down in the midst of what feels like chaos and uncertainty. But I had to check in and remind you that […]

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mitten
Jun
20

Spiders, Real Emergencies, & ‘Mitten Packing’

Anyone observing my erratic behavior over the past week would have concluded that I have gone mental.  I can assure you I will be back to my normal, non-paranoid state quite soon (dear God, please?), but I must first tell you the back story. It all started with a teeny, tiny spider on our dust […]

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