She felt lonely and wanted the companionship, so she let it be that.

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Tip #7: Don’t take on the role of victim If you’ve taken on the role of victim, Carlson suggests leaving the “perpetual pity party” so you can transition into your new life as a single woman.

“Take the stand that you will move forward,” she says.

First relationships are meant to help you heal, to move out of the loss you’ve experienced and then move on.

Tip #3: Don’t try to live by anyone else’s rules “I don’t prescribe rules,” says Carlson, “I encourage people to find their own way. I just know what I needed.” Because widowhood is not a journey we choose, and there is no one way to do it, she suggests tossing the “sure advice” from others out the window.

She found a companion, he was long-distance, and there was sex involved.

She didn’t take it beyond that, but it was something she craved at the time.

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They should help give you an idea on what type of profiles get attention and have more people responding to it. A little bit about myself: I enjoy travel, camping by a lake, gardening, home decorating, Comedy Clubs & Dinner Theater, music, my dog, & celebrating special occasions.

In 2006, after the death of her husband, Richard Carlson, Ph.

D., author of the best-selling "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff" books, Kristine Carlson felt a loss that sent her on a healing journey through grief.

For many of us, Thanksgiving kicks off a season of celebration which doesn’t really seem to stop until sometime in January.