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Ask Julie: How To Move On After Betrayal

I was with my ex for only a few months, but as far as I was concerned it was a serious relationship. Towards the beginning of our relationship we discussed various issues which we both had – he had been sexually abused as a young child, and I had been sexually assaulted only a year before I met him. We discussed these issues and how they affected us in terms of our relationships with other people. I realise it sounds naive, but I fell in love with him and would have done anything to help him. He confided in me that he was in a substantial amount of debt and was constantly worried that his house and possessions would be repossessed etc., and despite the fact that I am a student and have very little money to myself, I had a part-time job (while he was unable to find a job) and lent him around £1000. He always swore that he would pay this money back, but after splitting up with me he decided that he wouldn’t. Legally, I can’t do anything about this because neither of us signed any kind of contract.

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Unfriended in Real Life: Studio 5

Adult friendships can be hard to cultivate and maintain.  When you notice a friend seeming a bit stand-offish, stops returning calls, or gives you a cold shoulder you should you say something or let the friendship go? I offer some advice on how to deal with adult friendship break-ups.

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Ask Julie: Am I Depressed?

Q: So five months ago, I moved from Chicago to a new school. I thought it would be great to move to a new school, but I was wrong. It isn’t and I’m still not making any close friends. Everyone already has all their groups and best friends, so it’s really hard for me. I still haven’t found Read more

The Relationship Benefits of Double Dating: Shape Magazine Interview

According to new research by Wayne State University, double dating may be a way to boost the bond with your partner. The study found that couples who shared embarrassing moments or asked for advice on personal matters reported feeling more passionate love than couples who kept it to small talk. I share a few tips to keep in mind to get the most out of your double dating experience in this Shape Magazine article.

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The Resolution That’s Not on Your Radar: Shape Magazine Interview

Shape Magazine

What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Losing 5 pounds? Getting more organized? I interviewed recently with Shape Magazine to talk about a resolution that you may not have considered…improving your emotional connections.

Here are a few of my tips on how to strengthen your face-to-face relationships with loved ones…

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What’s Your Holiday Burnout Cure? #BurnoutCure Book Giveaway

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration…and stress! Parties and family gatherings, finding that perfect gift for loved ones, decorating and other joyful parts of Christmas celebrations can leave many women feeling burned out! Self-care often gets put on the back burner during the holidays in order to meet our own and other’s expectations.

Here are a few things I do to prevent holiday burnout:

  1. I give myself permission NOT to attend every gathering my family is invited to attend (even if we want to go).
  2. I schedule down time to nap, read, get a pedicure, or relax in a hot tub.
  3. I make sure I maintain some kind of physical activity.
  4. Find joy in giving!

So…I want to give away 3 Burnout Cure books this week

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5 Labels to Lose: Studio 5

Labels, even seemingly positive ones can feel restricting. Studio 5 Women’s Self-Improvement Contributor Julie Hanks shares 5 labels to lose from our vocabulary!

New Book Review Posted #BurnoutCure Blog Tour

Thanks to Jill at for her generous review of The Burnout Cure! Click the link above to read her review and check out her great FHE resources while you’re there…

Why Adults Need Close Friends

Will you be my friend? It sounds like a line straight off of Sesame Street. But research suggests adults could take a Kindergarten clue, when it comes to making friends.
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