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10 Realistic Movies About Love (Well, Realistic-Ish)

Hollywood romances are super popular, but not always truthful depictions of what really happens in love. Here are 10 realistic movies about love… well, as realistic as Hollywood can be anyway.Source: Warner BrosLove can be such a complicated and layered topic at times. Even moreso when it's your own love life you're looking at. It can be much easier to critique or explore the issues of love when you're looking at someone else's life.And even if it's not a real life, but a fictional one - watching someone else's drama can be an escape from your own. Or perhaps more ...

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Do You Really Want To Marry Your Best Friend?

Words can say one thing, but dating habits can say another - are you sure you really want to marry your best friend?Source: Lionsgate, and easily one of my favourite movies on this topicMature written content warning.Everyone says being able to marry your best friend is the absolute goal when it comes to dating and marriage. I wholeheartedly agree to be honest. So much so that on our wedding day we made sure that the words of Bishop Jeremy Taylor were shared during our ceremony - that love is friendship set on fire. I'm very fortunate and blessed to say ...

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The Lonely Christian & 5 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections

Can't find a date, a place to belong, or even a friend in and around church life. Here are 5 ways to make meaningful connections and avoid becoming a lonely Christian.Photo by Ric Rodrigues from PexelsMany Christians live their lives guided by a series of views on what they're "supposed to" be or not "supposed to" be. In fact, "supposed to" is one of the biggest phrases we throw around in our life of faith. It's because the Christian life by nature shows us what our ideal and fully fulfilled and redeemed potential could be, as well as things that get in the ...

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How a Warped View of Forgiveness Enables Abuse and Destroys Lives

Christian teaching is big on forgiving, but have we missed something important? Here's how a warped view of forgiveness enables abuse and destroys lives.Photo by RODNAE Productions from PexelsI'm a big believer in forgiveness. Healing is often impossible without first forgiving. It's something I've written a lot about and a quality I've endeavored to exemplify in my life. We can't keep clinging on to the things of the past without sacrificing the health of our future.Way, way easier said than done though. When someone shatters a dinner plate in the kitchen, forgiveness on its own doesn't fix the plate. Many times the one ...

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10 Of My Favourite Baby Products As A New-ish Dad (So Far)

As a dad I've learned there is a psychotically staggering number of things you can buy for infants. Here are 10 of my favourite baby products... so far.Source: Our baby shower! Credit my wife's amazing creativity and photo from the super talented Kenneth Yam PhotographyI've really enjoyed being a dad. I was going to title this a list of my favourite baby products as a new dad, but the reality is it's not so new anymore. The number of nappies changed is in the hundreds and well on its way into the thousands, the number of family outings has grown ...

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Why You Can't Keep Saying No To Everyone

I continually see one word destroying people's love lives and opportunities. Here's a few reasons why you can't keep saying no to everyone.Photo by burak kostak from PexelsWe were recently at a baby's birthday party and it's so great watching my friends and their kids as they continue to grow up. However, for a number of my friends, they've hit or are hovering around the Terrible Twos. Why are they so terrible? One word, and you already know what it is:No.No is an amazing word. It can actually also be a really great word. A powerful word. A freeing word. When you recognize ...

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5 Reasons You Keep Losing Friends and Close Relationships

Have you ever wondered, "Maybe it's something I'm doing?". Well, maybe it is. Here are 5 reasons you keep losing friends and close relationships... and how to fix that.Photo by Liza Summer from Pexels"You say you want it, but then you complain when you get it!". I stared her straight in the eyes as this frustrating conversation was underway. She had been very very adamant that this was what she wanted, but her actions weren't lining up. It was so confusing to have her telling me and everyone else who would listen that this was what she wanted, but when she was being ...

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Why Are Men So Immature? (Revisited)

You want him to be a man but he's content to stay a child, or perhaps you feel like all you know are little boys. Why are men so immature?Source: Paramount - the immature manchild is a common trope of cinema indeedDid ya miss me? It's been quite a while since I've done any writing. The reason is because I've recently joined the Dad Club, with our daughter being born and I've been focusing all my time on making sure that's been strong. It's been a great experience and looking forward to our new life ahead.But before Dad life became ...

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The Most Beautiful Places I've Ever Been To (So Far)

International travel is still off the cards for now but the world is still full of amazing sights. Here are the most beautiful places I've ever been to... so far.New Zealand's South Island approaching Mount Cook, definitely one of the most beautiful places I've ever been toHard to believe it's been about one year since Coronavirus shut down international borders. It's amazing how much globalisation, the Internet, and fantastic airline services made the world so connected. Nowadays the digital highways are getting the most traffic but we still remember a time when travel was freely available and people were posting ...

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Reality Is Often Disappointing: 3 Ways WandaVision Nails Grief and Loss

Marvel's most popular show is a great watch and brilliantly written, and I must say I absolutely love the way WandaVision nails grief and loss.Source: Disney/MarvelSpoilers for WandaVision (up to Episode 7) below.I would probably call myself a mid-range Marvel fan. I don't own any comics or know every single character, but I'm definitely on the nerd spectrum and can keep up with most references brought up. I've seen most of the movies and even rate comic book-esque movies (like Scott Pilgrim and Amazing Spiderman 2) pretty highly. Most of my exposure to the characters previously has been in the ...

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