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Whatever your situation, a check-in is never a bad thing. Read on for 20 tough questions to ask about your relationships before moving forward.
Is for better or worse making me better or worse?
Does your partner encourage you to be your best self, or does he or she get intimidated by any triumphs and feel more secure when you're not putting your best foot forward?
Do we really accept one another?
There will always be things you want to change about the people in your life, but no one should be in a situation where they feel they aren't allowed to be authentic and accepted as the unique, special (yet flawed) person they are.
Who am I?
How can you know if your partner is a good match if you have no idea who you are?
Am I happy to be in this relationship?
The idea of sharing a life together is not to find someone to complete you or make you happy. But let's face it: being unhappy at home can seep into other areas of your life . . . and fast. If you're always fighting or just generally not feeling great about your twosome, it doesn't mean you have to bail out (counseling might be a good option) but marrying someone in the hope that it changes things is a bad, bad idea.
5. Am I feeling trapped?
Do you really want to be in this relationship the majority of the time or do you find yourself wishing for a way out? Do you stay because you've invested time or are you really invested in your mate?
What am I doing to hold us back?
Maybe you could be more attentive, more thoughtful, quicker to let things go, or the first to bring up going to counseling. Whatever it is, take this as your sign to step up.
Is this relationship balanced?
Do you feel you're both on the same page in terms of compromise, care, support and sacrifice? Or is one of you doing most of the giving while the other just sits with their hand out?
Can we have fun together?
Have you ever seen two people sit across from one another in silence at brunch as though they are being forced to walk through their day together? Not. fun.
Can we have fun apart?
Co-dependency ain't cute, y'all.
Why am I in this relationship?
Is it because you respect, love, trust, and value the person you are with? Or because you're afraid of being alone, worried about finances, or have built a life you're scared to leave?
Where is this going?
Living in the "now" is great, but eventually the partnership will need a plan or someone will begin to feel anxious.
Do I really trust my partner?
For some, the immediate response to this can be devastating. If you're one of them, it's time to ask why and how you can begin to build or rebuild trust. Without it, there's no chance.
13. Am I with a good person?
Knowing what you know about your partner today, would you vouch for them if they were a friend?
Am I attracted to my partner?
Physical attraction is hardly the most important component in a relationship, but forcing yourself to be in a relationship with someone who you're not attracted to — just because it's comfortable or "perfect on paper" isn't fair to anyone. You will feel resentful and they will feel rejected.
Am I a parent or a partner?
Taking care of someone you love is a great thing to do, but when you feel like you're raising a boyfriend — or worse, a husband — things get a little complicated. You'll resent his childish ways. Who wants to sleep with their mom?
Does my partner have my back?
Do you feel like you're a part of a loyal team who stands up for one another, supports one another, and shows a united front (even when the other is not around)? Or, do you feel like you're constantly being thrown under the bus by your mate?
Are we looking in the same direction?
Some couples avoid having the big talks (religion, marriage, babies) because they think that, somehow, these things will just "work themselves out." By the time they realize they won't, they're in a complicated, painful situation that leaves one (or both) feeling a little bit duped.
Are we growing together?
Being a human being living on this earth, we all have a right to grow and develop, and create a full life for ourselves. Are you and your partner still indulging in your passions (individual and shared) and growing as individuals?
19. Am I still me?
Being in love with someone should not require changing our identity to fit someone else's idea of who we should be, on any level.
What is my gut telling me?
You have intuition for a reason. Listen to yourself.
| 7:30 Tim's News You Can't Use
A boy around six years of age hopped into a medevac helicopter that was on display at a Minnesota air show on Monday, and managed to get it started, causing a panic and two minor injuries.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the enthusiastic attendee of the Minnesota Air Spectacular at the Mankato Regional Airport jumped into the Mayo Clinic's unoccupied Eurocopter EC145, and accidentally started the helo's rotors.
The resulting prop wash toppled a fabric sun shade into spectators, leading to two minor injuries, as a crew member jumped into the craft to shut it down and get the child out.
Eyewitness Agro Gushwa, a ticket taker at the show, shot the scene with his cellphone. He told the paper that once the pint-sized pilot was taken out of the helicopter, he was, "crying really bad," and, "ran to his father, who gave him a hug and told him it was OK..."
Air show Director Mark Knoff tell the paper that a Federal Aviation Administration official who was on hand to monitor the air show was informed about the "unfortunate incident," and a federal investigation is underway as to how the potentially deadly situation could have happened.
Forgetting to send a birthday card, especially to a family member, can become a major headache for years to come. For brothers Ron and Jeff, that'll never be a problem.
Back in 1973, one sent the other a birthday card that features Charlie Brown urging the recipient to pass the card along instead of throwing it out. The two took the message to to heart and have been sending the card back and forth ever since- a whopping 42 years.
One of their children posted a picture of the card on Reddit and it soon went viral.
Being a four-eyes is the best thing that's happened to Bob Sabo. The Connecticut man went to his local grocery store to buy a lotto ticket but he didn't want to wait in line to buy one from a cashier, so he decided to use the self serve machine.
Sabo planned on buying two $20 tickets, but he didnt have his glasses, so he accidentally bought one $30 ticket. When he checked the numbers, he found he had won $30,000. Talk about a happy accident.
Source: Associated Press
Japan is really running on all cylinders these days. We know they're ahead of the game when it comes to technology, but creating robots with artificial intelligence was just the tip of the iceberg. Now, they have held the first ever robot wedding, marrying robots Frois and Yukirin at a ceremony, which saw robot wedding guests, robot Frois cutting the wedding cake and even robots dancing during the robot wedding reception. It looks like a futuristic Chuck-E-Cheese show. I think my brain just melted a little bit.
The ceremony began with robot Yukirin being walked down the aisle like a true robot lady in her wedding gown, with robot Frois following. Seems a little out of the ordinary for the male to follow the bride, but hey, they are forward thinking pieces of technology afterall. Maybe that's how it should be!
After the vows were read, Frois extended his weird robot mouth and kissed Frois, which is when the cake cutting occured and the party really began. Guests enjoyed a buffet and socializing with the other robots in attendance to the lucky couple tie the knot.
Even though the two robots are equipped with artificial intelligence, it's not sure if they actually did want to get married (and if not, why the hell this all happened in the first place), but regardless, it's amazing that it did.
Taking a vacation with a cruise ship full of zombies sounds like the premise of a blockbuster Hollywood film, but it will be a reality now for those who get aboard the Norwegian Pearl in January of 2016.
In a partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line, festivals at sea marketer Sixthman and Walker Stalker Con, the normal cruise ship will be transformed into playground for fans of the hit television series and comic books, “The Walking Dead.”
According to Sixthman, zombie-themed cruise will sail from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas for three days of horror-filled fun, scheduled for Jan. 15-18, 2016 aboard the Norwegian Pearl.
Passengers will interact with actors from “The Walking Dead,” attend question and answer panels, have photo opportunities and autograph sessions, zombie gaming, costume contests, theme nights and more to be announced.
Londoner Millie Clarke spends $750 a month on clothes because she doesn't want to be photographed in the same outfit twice.
The 25 year-old Facebook addict tells the Daily Mail: ''It started when I was 17 and I set up my Facebook account. Everyone always took pictures at parties and, when we were out and about, I started noticing that I'd been snapped in the same outfit twice and I hated it. Like all young girls in their 20s, I do check my Facebook countless times a day and check the photos, especially to see that I'm not wearing the same outfit. I have been known to call up my friends and ask them to take down the photo if I'd been pictured in the outfit before. I wear the same thing to work, but when it comes to nights out I always have to have a new ensemble. I've got quite expensive taste. I know it might sound materialistic, but all my friends are like it too. No one wants to be pictured in the same outfit twice – it's embarrassing.''
Millie donates her old clothes to charity.
The Wayback burger chain is going to begin offering Oreo shakes made with crickets. The protein shakes will feature Peruvian chocolate-flavored cricket powder. The shake began as an April Fool's joke, but has blossomed into an actual menu offering. Wayback tested 20 to 30 different variations of the shake before deciding on a winner.
Herbert Chavez has undergone 23 surgeries to look like Superman. The 37-year-old native of the Philippines has had nose jobs, jaw realignment surgeries and skin whitening procedures.
He tells the Daily Mail, ''I totally don’t have any regrets. What is there for me to regret? Everything that has happened in my life has been positive and because of Superman. When my body says it can not endure it anymore or when my doctor says that my body can not handle it because of age, then I will stop.
Need help with a tech gadget? Call a kid. That's what police in Duncanville, Texas did when their robot was on the fritz. The Dallas Morning News reports the robot was sent to the Duncanville High School engineering department. Seventeen-year-old Adrian Mayberry was able to get it working again. But it was no quick fix. Adrian spent two and a-half months and an estimated 100 hours of after-school work to get the robot functional. Now, Duncanville police plan to have the high school student train officers on how to use their robot.
A Park Ridge, Illinois woman and her small white dog recently stole a cab. The twenty-something year-old woman approached a cabbie at a Dunkin Donuts and asked him to buy her a cup of coffee. The woman and her dog jumped in the cab and took off as the driver ordered.
No arrest has been made.
Authorities in metro Atlanta say they have arrested a man accused of snatching a funeral home employee's car keys, stealing a hearse with a body inside and later carjacking an SUV.
Atlanta police Sgt. Gregory Lyon says 34-year-old Henry Lyles faces two counts of hijacking a motor vehicle. Police say Lyles snatched the keys from the funeral home employee and stole the Ford Flex Sunday morning, crashing through a locked security gate outside Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta.
Police say Lyles abandoned the hearse a few blocks from Grady, ordered a man out of a Ford Explorer and drove off in that vehicle. Officers recovered the hearse, with the body still inside.
Lyon says Lyles was arrested later Sunday in Douglas County, west of Atlanta.
Word to the wise, don't mess with Kyle Mullane's weed. Mullane's daughter, Ashley, reportedly found her mom's marijuana on their kitchen counter. The 18-year-old decided she was going to get rid of the drugs and flushed it down the toilet. When the 46-year-old saw her child flushing the weed, she got in the teen’s face and “began to yell at her... and calling her names." When Ashley threatened to call the cops, Kyle slapped her in the face. Kyle Mullane denied striking her daughter, though she acknowledged that the teen “did flush her weed down the toilet" and added that “it was no big deal because she would just go out and get more.” Not so surprisingly, the mother of the year has a prior battery offense so she was slapped with a felony charge. Source: The Smoking Gun
The get away vehicle in this bank robbery wasn't a car -- it was a wheelchair. Police in New York City report a bank in Queens was robbed by a man who wheeled into a Santander branch. Investigators say the man handed the teller a note demanding cash. He got away with more than $1,200. When last seen, the wheelchair bank robber was heading west on Broadway.