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Every summer, we partake in our favorite activities and enjoy the warm weather. However, this summer we’ve created 15 new adventures we challenge every single young women to do! If you’ve already done some of them, sound off in our comment section! Enjoy the summer ladies!
Ladies, when you were growing up, or even now as an adult, how many of you remember hearing your mother, aunt, grandmother or another influential woman in your life ask or say to you, “When are you gonna get married?” “Are you seeing anyone special?” “Now, sweetie, you’ve gotta learn how to cook. You know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…” Or my personal favorites: “You gotta know how to keep a clean house for your husband!” and “Always go out looking your best, you never know who’s out there looking for a wife.” While I do believe this advice is valuable for women so that we can learn these skills for survival and take personal pride in ourselves, I don’t think these things should be valued and viewed as ways to secure a husband and find happiness.
When growing up, little girls are not taught certain tricks of the trade to just live independently and be single, but they are often taught to learn certain things in preparation for marriage. Why is this? Why are girls trained up to be wives more so then women who can be happy single? The answer is simple: Some people tend to view single women as less valuable than those who are married, and this is because society has the tendency to place a higher emphasis on people living happily ever after together rather than them simply living happily ever after by themselves. Not only that, but friends and family members often make a huge deal out of a person’s long-term happiness based on having a significant other by asking questions like, “Don’t you want to grow old with somebody?” or “Don’t you think you need someone to spend the rest of your life with?” While they mean well, they let you know right away that they think you should be married and not single, however, the reality of it all is that everyone is not destined to be married, and even if a woman does get married, there is no guarantee that she and her husband will grow old together. Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for happy marriages and relationships, but at some point in life a person will live in singleness whether they have been taught how to live in it or not.
So how does a person live in singleness and be happy? Or better yet, as mothers, aunts, teachers and mentors of growing girls, how do we teach them the skills they need to live and be a lady without the underlying message of marriage?
The first thing to do is talk about being single or married with a positive attitude. Many women talk about marriage with a different tone than they do about being single. They often make it seem as though your life has little to no meaning, or they may imply that you won’t be happy unless you’re married. I believe if more women would learn to see equal happiness in both options, there wouldn’t be any pressure on single women to seek a ring by any means necessary.
Next, older women should teach younger women the value of being a single woman and let them know that their happiness lies within who they are first, and that no man or marriage will give that to them.
Lastly, single women should set positive examples of how to live a productive life as an unmarried woman and stop complaining about being single! It is a gift that is often overlooked because we were never taught to appreciate it, but if all you see and hear about are the woes of singlehood, how will young women know what to look forward to from that aspect of life?
While transitioning through life from a child to an adolescent into adulthood, there are a number of valuable lessons that will be learned along life’s journey that will stick with us. But the one lesson that all women should take with them and should be taught is to be content in whatever state you are in, because you won’t move forward to greater things until you’re purely happy with where you are. Were you taught to live the single life growing up, or was marriage the forefront of your lessons?
Liz Lampkin is the Author of Are You a Reflection of the Man You Pray For? Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Lampkin
The first few days (or weeks) after a breakup you’re certain that the split was nothing but a bad thing. All you can focus on is what you lost. But, eventually, you start to remember the little things that make being single not so bad. In fact, there are things you missed while in a relationship!
First, let’s point out how we’re in the middle of winter and battling freezing temperatures and constant snow in many states, but Michael B. Jordan and his lady friend are kicking it in Miami shirtless and in a bikini, respectively, down in Florida.
But I digress.
The Fruitvale Station and That Awkward Moment star was spotted this weekend in Miami with a young lady very close by the entire time. The two hit the beach for some sun and jet skiing.
Now ladies, I know that some of you have already claimed Michael as “yours” and he’s been saying that he’s single so don’t let these pictures deter you. Yes, she looks like she’s cute and she appears to have a great body and this is the first woman he’s been spotted with since he and his ex-girlfriend broke up, but what does that mean? I’ll tell you: not a thing! As far as we’re concerned, he’s still up for grabs.
Anyway, check out a couple more pictures of Michael and his “friend” as they enjoy that beautiful Miami weather and water.
Come New Years Eve at midnight, there is a big magical moment and you’re either inside of it or you feel very, very outside of it. And where do you go when you feel left out? In your head, of course. Here are 14 crazy thoughts you’re likely to have if you’re single New Year’s Eve.
With the holiday season in full swing now, it’s not uncommon to see couples out shopping, ice skating, and sitting in front of a fireplace being all romantic and such. As a single woman you may find that you’re not completely able to truly enjoy the holidays because you don’t have a man. While you may not believe it, you don’t have to be in a relationship to enjoy the season and have fun during these times. In fact, there are some true perks. Here are 14 benefits of being single during the holidays.
I always thought that by the age of 30 I would be comfortably immersed in blissful domesticity. But alas! I just hit the big 4-0 and my proposed agenda is currently undergoing major revisions.
There have been moments of intense dissection on my part and I have spared no expense when it comes to carefully peeling off the layers in an effort to expose the reasons why I am still a single gal.
I have also endured the repercussions that come with being labeled an “old maid” and I have to admit that there were many nights that I lay awake staring into the darkness imagining what it would be like if I had the perfect specimen lying beside me.
But despite intervals of self-doubt and the ravings of my frustrated parents, I have come to realize that being unattached isn’t the most tragic experience I will go through. It could be a lot worse.
I seem to have a knack for summoning deep thoughts from people that I am not particularly close to and this allows me to be privy to certain information that ordinarily would be reserved for a valued confidant. Due to my unrestrained access I have been able to arm myself with the knowledge necessary to assuage my fears of being single and alone forever. Of course I would love to have a dedicated and loving partner who I can eagerly share my life with but at the same time I am not willing to sign on the dotted lines until I get the green light.
I seem to be surrounded my women either younger than me or a little older who are in seasoned marriages that don’t seem to be living up to the fairytale images that we all have conjured up in our consciousness. As we all know, there is no such thing as a “perfect relationship” but when the fundamentals are absent, that’s when the foundation starts cracking, sometimes beyond repair. I always thought that the one amazingly gratifying thing about being betrothed is the security of having someone that has your back, who you can open up to without reservation, and most importantly, someone who will be a source of comfort and encouragement, especially during challenging times. But after assessing the reports from my partnered up counterparts, I have come to the conclusion that one may not be the loneliest number after all. You can have a better half and still feel completely alone and misunderstood, and yearn for the yesteryears when you were still searching but also reliant on your supporting cast. For me the core of a relationship is being able to trust the other person to lift me up when I am down, and to have the instinctual tendencies to recognize the signs when I am nearing a mental breakdown or overwhelmed with everyday chores.
But in reality that might be too much to ask and perhaps it is a good thing that I have waited this long to commit because my expectations wont be ridiculously high and I will be prepared for the periods of disappointment and loneliness, which isn’t a bad thing.
It just reassures me of the fact that I was a step ahead in the game of single vs. taken, and for now I am quite content and will proudly declare my status without hesitation. My best days are NOW.
I am a 34-year-old female and I’ve been working at a firm for 13 years and I’m not even making $30, 000 a year. I have two children and I can hardly pay for their tuition and my others bills every month. I have bad credit and I am drowning in debt. I feel that no matter how I try I can’t see my way out of all this debt. I live in a studio apartment that I rent from my parents (when I can afford to pay them) and neither of my kids have their own room or space. What hurts even more is that when my parents need my help financially I can barely help myself much less to help them.
I feel like such a disappointment to my kids, my parents and myself. I have been feeling so bad for the past five months that I am wondering if
I am falling into depression. I feel that I am not worthy of happiness or anything good. Do you know how it feels for your kids to want to do the simplest of things on the weekends and you can’t afford it? How can I get my life back? Where do I go from here? Honestly, if I continue on this pathway of life I really don’t know where I am going to end up emotionally.
Read Dr. Sherry’s response at Essence.com
“So, why are you still single? have you met anyone ?” – every family member, every holiday, every year.
Most of society will tell you singleness and the holidays are two things that just don’t mix but you try to make it work every now and again, like plaids shirts and stripped pants. Whether you are the last single friend or the last single family member, someone is going to ask you this question. It’s up to you to approach the holidays with a good spirit and deck the halls with joy or misery.
There are a few things you can do to ensure that you are not single AND miserable this holiday season.
Duck, Dip, Dodge
Avoid any negative or self-loathing conversations with yourself or anyone else. When your aunt approaches and corners you with egg nog to inquire about your love life and offer tips how you can “get back out there” or “finally find someone if you fix yourself up a bit,” politely excuse yourself to get more pie. Having to explain why you are single as though it’s some sort of disease or curse isn’t fun for anyone. Single isn’t a curse and so you don’t have to explain why to anyone. Politely dip, duck and dodge those sticky conversations.
Get Out the House
It’s Christmas Eve and you resigned yourself to a pity party built for a queen, complete with snacks, wine, and romantic comedies that will send you into a flurry of feelings. Stop. Get up. Take off the pajama pants and get out the house. If you aren’t with family and friends during this holiday season, don’t sit around and wallow in being alone. There are plenty of people who need your help at a toy drive, soup kitchen, or even a nursing home. We attract into our life what we give out so show a little love and compassion to the less fortunate any time you are tempted to just sit in the house and pout.
No date? No problem.
Sure there will be 20 couples at the holiday party but you were invited and you should still go. Never let the idea of being the only one without a date drive you into being a hermit. Look good and show up. You never know if there’s another single person who decided to do the same thing. You’ll never meet someone if you don’t attempt to get out there and go for it. And don’t wait for your home girl or homeboy to go with you! Sometimes you’ve got to learn that you are fabulous and confident by yourself as much as you are in a group. Arrive single to the party and WERK it!
Host a party. Go to a nursing home and talk to the elders. Finally, visit your family again. Bake some cookies. Go to Bible study. Babysit for your married friends. Create activities in your life that will keep your mind off the fact you are single. The holidays can be an incredibly lonely time so you need to fill your space, heart and mind with activities that have purpose and fun. This is no different than any other day and the last thing you want to do is waste time being miserable and unproductive.
Stay Filled with Joy
Make up your mind that no matter how cold it gets, how many times someone asks why you are single, or how much it seems like everyone is married/dating but you, that you will be FILLED WITH JOY no matter what. Being comfortable and happy in your current position is the key to surviving the holidays without hitting someone with mistletoe. If you aren’t comfortable being alone and enjoying your own company, you’ll never find fulfillment from someone else. That comes from the inside.
Dee Rene is the author and creator of Laugh.Cry.Cuss. Check it out at http://laughcrycuss.com or @laughcrycuss
By Ashley Caprice
I called my grandpa recently to wish him a happy birthday and during the course of our hour-long conversation he managed to slip in the never-ending question, “So…do you have a boyfriend yet?” Dang! I thought we would be able to talk about sports, social issues, and family without bringing up that question…again. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case as he went on to say, “You’re approaching 30…You have to get a man.”
I understand my grandpa is older and that back in his day dating and marrying at a young age was common. But fast forward some decades and we’re now in an era where women are more independent. Men are not the sole providers and the only onesm“bringing home the bacon.” Women are advancing in their careers, making their own money, and supporting themselves. So we’re not necessarily in a rush to get married because we’re still living our own life. Though we will need our man…eventually. *Cues Jill Scott –The Fact Is “I need you…We need you.”
Of course I don’t always want to fall into the “Single, Educated Career Woman” category, but for now, I don’t mind being labeled as such. It’s not as though I’m dodging guys; I date. I’m completely aware that my job isn’t going to keep me warm at night, but right now I’m content. Wale said it best in his song, Ambitious Girl, “You just wanna win, and you’d rather chase your dreams, than to try to chase these men.”
Finally someone understands!
People ask about your relationship status and act as though you have a disease when you say, “I’m single.” It’s not that serious. I’ve been described as a career-driven woman so my focus is on growing and excelling in my industry first. Besides, I’m only in my twenties! And I believe my 20s is a time for me to date around. It’s my time to figure out what I want and what I do not want in a man. I’m also learning and understanding who I am. I’m recognizing my flaws and working to improve them. I’m building my career. I’m giving myself time to grow and mature mentally, emotionally and spiritually before I open my heart completely to a man.
Even married actress Paula Patton understands the conundrum that is women’s singleness. While speaking on a panel about her latest movie, Baggage Claim, she said, “People are very tough on women. It doesn’t matter that you have a successful career, you volunteer, hang with your nieces and nephews…it’s always ‘do you have a man and kids?’ as if everything else doesn’t matter.” I, along with many others, could totally relate to that statement. I do all of those things and people still ask about my invisible man. People always preach, “A man should not complete you, he should complement you,” but when people ask “do you have a boyfriend yet?” it implies that a woman is, in fact, not complete if she doesn’t have a man. Being in a relationship and having children does not define a woman’s whole existence. We are much more than that.
Once I’m in a relationship and married, I will spend the rest of my life building a foundation, a family and bond with someone else. But for now, I’m living for myself. So I’m speaking for the under 30, single, fabulous, working woman: do what’s best for you. Let life happen and don’t let others dictate what you should have in your life. One day my grandpa will be happy and see me with a great guy, but not now. As far as me getting in a relationship before I’m 30, I replied, “Well that gives me about 36 months, which is over 1,000 days, so I have plenty of time.”