Some of you believe in love at first sight. I believe that meaningful love occurs once a friendship is formed. A real friendship between two people in a relationship develops trust and most of all, develops like. It is with the formation of a friendship that you discover if you really like your future partner.
It is very difficult to identify dislikes when you are intoxicated with emotions. The euphoria of “love” can cloud your judgement. I am a firm believer that a decision about lasting love requires more thinking than feeling. Sometimes we love people we do not like and that is never healthy. For this reason many people divorce people they love, but do not like. Ms. Whitney Marshall joined our commentary panel for the first time and she shared the following
Dating Tips From Whitney Marshall
5 Questions To Ask Yourself When Dating:
- Could I be friends with this person?
- Could I be friends with their friends?
- Do we have common goals and common values?
- What are their triggers?
- Can I handle them when they’re triggered?
Today, I was joined by some queens who gave me their perspectives on the topic. Take a look at their bios and look at podcast below:
Dr. Ayanna Eastman is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, who believes in the importance of pursuing your dreams. Her career path has included communication and public relations experiences with state and international agencies, such as the United Nations. At present, she is an Assistant Professor, of Communication and single mother of a tenacious 14 year old girl. An avid writer, she shares her thoughts and musings on motherhood, singleness, dating and more on her blog, Successful Mom. In her spare time, she hikes mountain trails and plans events. And most of all, she wants us to know, she is a woman of God.You can follow her on Instagram
Dawn Townsend, MS, LPC, NCC, one of the leading Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and a National Certified Counselor. Dawn graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Mercer University obtaining a Master of Science in Community Counseling and graduated in the top 10 of her class, summa cum laude, from Spelman College receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Her knowledge is vast, having more than 15 years of clinical experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse populations. She currently works as the COO/Vice President of Hopeful Change, LLC, is a psychotherapist in a group practice, and the Clinical Compliance Specialist and Behavioral Assessment and Mental Health Evaluation Manager for a local mental health agency. When she is not hard at work serving in the capacity of a therapist, you will find her serving her family and our surrounding communities. You can follow her on Instagram
Whitney Marshall is an entertainment lawyer by day and a dating coach by night. She is the founder of Yes to 50, a dating accountability group she started in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. As the leader of Yes to 50 she has established the Shameless Dating brand where she encourages women to get in touch with who they are, accept their flaws and relationship needs, and put themselves out there so they can find their perfect partners. She is the daughter of Jamaicans from St. Elizabeth and Kingston and enjoys spending time reading psychology and dating books. You can follow her on Instagram
We are also joined by Paula-Maria Hospedales-Bosland. She moved to Nassau, Bahamas from Trinidad and Tobago in 2007. She is the mother of two sons, aged 16 and almost 13. Her younger son, Obasi, is on the Autism Spectrum and is functionally non-verbal. Paula’s professional background is in IT and Project Management. She works at Colina Insurance Limited as the Life Operations Business Analyst Manager and the Reinsurance Administration Manager. She is based in Nassau, Bahamas. You can follow her on Instagram
I am also joined by Alana Avis. born who was raised in Montreal, Quebec to Trinidad & Tobagonian parents. She is a Cybersecurity Risk Executive, entrepreneur and fitness enthusiast, who loves a good effortless fashion moment. She is currently building an e-commerce brand rooted in wellness. You can follow her on Instagram