6 Signs You're In A Toxic Relationship

6 Signs You're In A Toxic Relationship

Here are some red flags if you think you're in a toxic relationship!


Relationships are hard, but they can evolve into toxicity. Ahead are some signs to watch out for in your relationships!

1. The "guilt trip"

Did he tell you a really sad story about his life way too early on? Does he use this story as an excuse for his BAD behavior? Does he hint that he's "damaged" whenever you catch him treating you poorly? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are dealing with a manipulator. A REAL man would NEVER use his bad life experiences for any other reason than to just simply open up to you.

2. The "blame game"

Does he blame you for EVERYTHING? If he knows that he is wrong but is still blaming you for his actions, then leave him. Run and don't look back!

3. "I'm sorry!"

Two words... Seven letters... If he says it too much, he could be TOXIC! You shouldn't have to apologize for everything you do! Overall, it's your life. If he doesn't like that you have your own thoughts, opinions, hobbies, and interests, then he isn't the one.

4. Narcissism

He's easy on the eyes, charming, self-centered, and it's always about HIM! Last time I checked, a relationship should be 50/50! If he NEVER puts you first, you deserve better than him.. Just remember that you have the power to find someone who treats you how you want to be treated. Don't settle for less (AKA: him)!

5. Ghosting

Modern-day ignoring is called ghosting. If he isn't texting, calling, snapping, DMing, and he just isn't talking to you, he doesn't care. It takes two seconds to send someone a text. He is manipulative and is intentionally trying to play mind games with you... It's all about him having control. Well, take that control back and leave him!

6. Red flags

Early on, if you notice that he's shady, has a bad reputation, and not holding up to your standards, these are all red flags! You have doubt for a reason, so follow your gut feeling. You will be okay!

Acceptance is the hardest part—accepting that the fantasy you created isn't reality. You wanted him to fight for you, to change for you, and to care for you, but he never will. You can't change someone who doesn't want to change for themselves. He doesn't want to see you on your terms because he wants to do his own thing.

He doesn't even care that you're reading this, probably hoping that he will change. I hope this gives you the courage and strength to see your own self-worth and accept that you DO deserve better.

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1. They shop at Goodwill mostly... low maintenance you could say?

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2. They are pretty awesome at talking to parents... opening days have given good practice for them. Give them 15 minutes and they will become best friends with your parents.

3. Their best friends actually are long distance...so you can wait a while to meet their besties who will want to know everything about you and make sure your intentions are good.

4. They have learned how to look decently presentable without showering for a week... maybe two...you may or may not like this one.

5. They are always down for adventure... sure let's hike for eight miles uphill in the middle of the week!

6. They know what it is like to be woken up at 2 a.m. because someone wet their bed... mom training.

7. They also know how to give the "modest is hottest" talk to the teenage campers... and will help give you a classy future daughter.

8. Building fires is their hidden talent... if you ever get stuck on a deserted island with them they can help you.

9. Animal shirts are a common clothing item... they know how to have fun.

10. They throw killer dance parties... ones your grandma would approve of.

11. They are used to being publicly embarrassed for others (their campers') enjoyment... and usually can take a joke or prank well.

12. They also know how to prank you back... summer camp prepares you for awesome prank wars.

13. If you want to see her with no makeup on just look at her camp photos... natural beauty?

14. They actually love children... they chose to spend a whole summer loving other people's kids; imagine how awesome they will treat their own.

15. Chances are they are a really fun person and will bring out your inner child... yes, climb that random tree and paint your face because it is Wednesday.

16. Their "real job" will come later in life... they will end up being successful. Most employers love to hire former counselors, so it is not a waste of a summer.

17. They know how to hide their favorites in life really well... so if they choose to date you they are basically saying you are their favorite and that is a big deal to them.

18. They have learned how to eat unhealthy food every day for a whole summer and stay in shape... or try to at least.

19. They also are obviously not a diva when it comes to material needs...they went a whole summer without even air conditioning and never complained.

20. If they love you anything like they love their campers your needs will always be put first...they are some of the most selfless people you will ever meet.

21. They love God, living for Him, and have already made a difference in many children's lives... they are the real MVPS.

If you are still looking for a place to work this summer and love adventure, Jesus, and children, apply for Camp Crestridge for Girls; they still have many positions available. I'll be there so you should too!

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You've Heard Of 'How To Be Single,' But Let's Talk About 'How To Be Romantic'

For some of us, it takes work to be cutesy and romantic.


Okay, I'm probably the least romantic person anyone has ever met. Not to say that I'm a bad girlfriend or that I'm not caring. I just find love in simple things like knowing what to order for them at restaurants, doing their laundry, planning unique dates, or cooking for them. It's not that I'm opposed to being arduous, I've just never been a chocolate and flowers kind of girl. I'm more of a Mongolian hot pot and "let's walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!" kind of girl. I appreciate some effort, tailoring something to fit a person's idiosyncratic personality or general spontaneity, not how flowery something looks. Not saying that I'm not feminine, I'm just my own entity, so to speak, and that translates into my love life. Needless to say, I thought I should learn how the other half lives, so I've challenged myself to take a course on being a classic/hopeless romantic just to understand how others think and who knows I might change some of my habits!

1. Leave notes

I think it's a really cute and simple idea that I will try to do because it makes everything very personal.

2. Write them a poem

I've had this done for me but I've never actually done it, because believe it or not, I didn't like to read or write poems up until this year.

3. Cuddling

Okay, so I'm not a cuddler, I have no idea why — it's more or less a personal space and attachment issue, I guess. I love hugs though! I guess I just have to be in the mood to cuddle and at times I can be. Other times it just makes me nervous.

4. Dedicate a song to them on the radio

It seems like the people on the radio that do this are crazy in love and honestly, to be able to have the ability to go on the radio and just declare your love for someone else is really inspiring.

5. Surprise them!

I personally cannot stand surprises, but I love to surprise other people and just be spontaneous, so I sort of do this already.

6. Carve your names into a tree

I've thought about doing this, but I've never got around to it, so I promise one day I will.

7. Go see a romantic movie

Nope, nope, I'll barf! Not happening, strictly horror movies for this girl, sorry!

8. Make them a care package

See, this makes me think a lot about what really defines romantic, because I do this all the time, but I don't consider it romantic, I just think it's sweet.

9. Take a walk on the beach together

I've done this, but I have to be doing this while looking for seashells or I feel like I'll be bored.

10. Make a CD for them


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