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    Hindsight is 20/20, right? In the months leading up to my divorce, I was spending a lot of time trying to figure out if I could survive a life outside of marriage, or would it be better to just concede and continue being the good wife I always had been? It had already become very clear that the husband was happy with the status quo and unwilling to make any changes.

    One day I finally admitted out loud to my therapist, whom I paid to not judge me for expressing such things aloud, "I think I feel like I already have one foot out the door." He gently suggested that given the feelings I had shared with him, it sounded like I had more than "one foot out of the door."

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    Being a military wife may not be a "job," but the women behind all those men in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard live a life like no other. They're brave. They're strong. And they can pack a house up like nobody's business!

    So what makes a military wife? Other than the fact that she's got a husband in uniform? We asked women who are married to servicemen to share some of their favorite signs that they are SUCH a military wife, and some are pretty hilarious!

    Here's what they said ...

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    When you're first married, you don't want to let him out of your sight. It's not that you don't trust him; he's just so dang cute, and you're just soooo in lurv. Ladies, been there, done that, still have his t-shirt that I slept in. But I'm going to let you in on a little old married lady secret: there are a lot of things you need to be doing without your husband.

    Sure, you're married now, and two became one and all that jazz, but honey, you are still you! And the sooner you get used to telling him you'd rather fly solo on this one, the sooner you realize you can have your cake and eat it too.

    Not sure what I'm talking about? Let's dive in, shall we?

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    Claire Johnson, 50, was at a two-week guide dog training course in March of 2012 with her guide dog Venice when her pup fell in love with another dog. Venice and Rodd, another guide dog, were smitten with each other at first sniff. It was hard to get them to stop playing and nuzzling together. There were other dogs there, but these two just wanted to be around each other. This of course brought Claire to talk to Rodd's owner, Mark Gaffey, 51.

    Claire and Mark realized they lived less than two miles from each other. They planned Labrador Retriever "dog dates" so the two puppy lovers could hang out and sniff each other's butts and do whatever it is dogs in love do. I am talking about the dogs. All of this amore rubbed off on Claire and Mark.

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    For nearly 11 years of marriage, I thought I had the wife thing down pat. I was by no means perfect, but I loved being a wife, and I tried really hard to be the best one I could possibly be. I had shelves filled with books on how to be a better wife, how to pray for my husband, how to survive difficult marriages ... I actually thought I was a stronger, better person for staying married despite some very serious challenges.

    A lot of the advice I sought out on how to be the best wife possible went something along the lines of "show love to get love." No husband wants a nagging shrew of a wife, right? To make my marriage work, I just needed to be the best wife I could possibly be, and my husband would be compelled to love me back.

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    When it comes to dating and relationships, men and women have more choice and freedom than ever. No longer are racial, religious, and family of origin or "class" considerations as liable to doom or determine whom you decide to spend your life with. But with all of the advantages comes one big disadvantage -- it's become harder and harder to find that elusive committed, long-term, maybe even lifetime relationship. I know many women -- as well as men -- who have their pick of the opposite sex, but who just can't seem to find someone who wants to cut off their options and make a commitment. Here are 9 reasons commitment can be so hard to find these days.

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    It seems like couples are typing the knot everywhere, from under water to the tops of mountains, which makes it difficult to be surprised at this point by anyone's unique wedding plans.

    But new mom and dad Amber Brunell, who is 23, and 24-year-old Joshua Fox are different. The couple gave new meaning to the phrase "thoughtful wedding" when they held a full-blown wedding at the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Christopher's Hospital, where their 1-month-old son Lucas is recuperating from health problems detected shortly after his birth.

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    There's no real rhyme or reason as to why people cheat on their spouses. Sometimes it's a drunken escapade when the marriage is going through a rough spot, and other times it's a full-blown love affair with one or both partners feeling trapped in matrimony.

    Sexual conquest, boredom, angry revenge sex, or just because the opportunity presented itself ... the list of reasons why people cheat is basically endless. According to, at least one in five women who cheat do share one particular trait: They're in sexless marriages.

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    It may be the first day of spring, but it's also National Proposal Day! Yes, it's true! And what better way to celebrate than by taking a microscope to some stunning findings from David's Bridal's 8th annual "What's on Brides' Minds" survey of newly engaged and married women? Hmm, actually, I guess being proposed to would be the best way -- even for those of us who are already hitched. Because if this survey is any indication, 1 in 2 of us would love a re-do proposal!

    Well, 53 percent, in fact, said they'd change something about their proposal if they could: 22 percent would change the location; 14 percent something about their engagement ring; 14 percent wish different people had been present for the Q-popping; 10 percent wanted a different engagement date; and 3 percent would change something else. Ouch!

    So, to test these stunning stats ourselves, we asked real women to share about the proposals they wish had gone down (even a bit!) differently. Here, 10 proposals gone wrong ...

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    When it comes to a happy relationship, women are off the hook in one surprising way: Apparently your man's health and disposition matter more than yours. That's the finding of one study, anyway. Researchers found that men's good health and upbeat personality lead to relationship bliss. But women's health and temperament don't matter nearly as much. Does that mean we get to stop pretending we're much nicer than we really are?

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