So because I haven’t been doing a good job in answering questions that come in publicly so today is an Ask Toi drop. I am answering a series of questions publicly that I have already answered readers privately. Looks like some of you had some personal ones for me too, that’s fine. If you have a question remember you can ask it at email@example.com
- Have you ever gotten into a fight with a woman over your husband? No and yes. When I was in undergraduate school I have gotten into some verbal tussles even though I knew basically my husband aka boyfriend at the time was the one who had gotten me into the situation in the first place. There was a girl on campus who he tried to talk to in the very early stages of our situationship at the time. We were not an item but my thing is I didn’t take too kindly to him pushing up on the girl and the girl and I lived in the same dorm. I didn’t verbally attack her, she was pretty and I definitely saw what he saw. However I let the both know at the same time in front of others that I wouldn’t be the one playing a back and forth game. He must have agreed because as far as I knew it stopped that day. Another time on campus he took a number from a woman and the woman knew we were dating. I blamed him for that and let him have it. However my friends and I still call her a little nick name and I let her know that I wasn’t the one for the undercutting. Since then its been little petty things prior to marriage. At this point in my life, we have known each other too long, I ain’t fighting. I’ll go Lemonade and he will “lose his wife.”
- Have you ever lost a job and if so how did you handle it? I was only laid off on one job when I had my daughter. They laid off about 40 others at the same time. It was hard. My oldest daughter had asthma and I had to be off a lot to take care of her. I believe in my entire heart that is why they allowed me to be in the number to be let go. However it was the best thing in the way to happen to me. I got engaged a week before, I was able to take care of my daughter full-time, and it pushed the move to Philly that helped to shape me into a better version of myself today. Now back to how I handled it, at first I was pissed. Technically I could have gotten an attorney. I just completed my paperwork to protect me from the very thing they were doing but at the time I had too much on my plate and didn’t feel like going back and forth.
- What should I do if I feel like I am burned out from my job? First you need to do some soul-searching. Are you burned out due to the fact that you shouldn’t be there any longer? Sometimes we stay in places we shouldn’t and then wonder why we are burned out. You may have stayed longer than you need to be. It may be time to find a new career path or a new job. Anytime you are in a parking lot crying or willing yourself to a place you are in the wrong place. You may just need to take a few days off. Even if you can’t go anywhere, a staycation is what you need to get your spirits together. Over working yourself is never a good thing. So make sure you place breaks and stops in your work and home balance.
- If your man hasn’t proposed should you stay? This is something that ONLY you can determine. You have to balance what makes sense. If you have only been together for a few months, marriage shouldn’t be in your horizon so soon. I truly believe staying with a person through at least all of the seasonal changes is ideal. You need to get a sense of how that person deals when they are angry, upset, hurt, or feel betrayed as a few examples. These things still look like Power Puff Girl cartoons in the early stages when men are still in the impress you stage. So get to know a person. I am not one for giving an ultimatum. I think as a woman you need to give yourself one. If you say that you have been with this man long enough and you have stayed through the tears and fears and he just won’t put a ring on it, make a date in your mind and stick to it. Do NOT share this date with anyone but yourself. You don’t need your friends in your ear telling you a bunch of stuff they WON’T do if they were in your shoes. You don’t need a please don’t leave me ring either. It should be genuine. I had a date in my mind and my now husband never got to it. We have been married for 5 years. If you can’t keep a promise to yourself on a date and stick to it, telling him won’t change that either. That is why the ultimatum to yourself is more important. If you tell him the date you will leave if he don’t do, you will regret it because you will always wonder if he did it for you to stay or not.
- If sex is a deal breaker how can you tell a man this without hurting his ego? You can’t. Sorry but not sorry a man and his sex is a package deal. For some men its there one go to. So to tell a man who the sex isn’t good and he’s not pleasing you will not go over well. I am not saying that many people haven’t had this talk and it worked out, I am saying is that they will be bruised. IF they love you they will try to step it up. However when you say that sex is a deal breaker this means to me that you have had the talk and no matter what is being said it’s not working in the bedroom and now you are ready to leave and find the one where sex is amazing with. Be careful and make sure that is what you want. Sex is important. I don’t buy into the whole sex is secondary bit especially in a committed relationship or marriage. When you speak of staying with one person and not cheating than sex should be satisfying and it should be for both partners. I have dated a man in the PAST where sex wasn’t even close to be satisfying. I left. It was a personal decision for me and I was fine with making it. I was honest and I tried to make it work after I had “the talk” but it didn’t work. I was crystal clear in letting that man know that if I stayed knowing the sex wasn’t working I would cheat and I felt it more honorable to leave than to stay. He may not have liked it or agreed with me but again it should be satisfying for both.