I was a single woman for a long time, enjoying a great lifestyle with dual careers as a recruiter AND travel writer.Free time and evenings were often spent with my small and offbeat family or good friends and good drinks.

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Statements such as : “I don’t need a man to complete me, and I can take care of myself.” It was a given to me that I was self-sufficient and probably have been since a very young age, enhanced by the fact that my parentsdivorced when I was 8.

Alhough I considered myself a happy and independent woman, I still wanted a husband and family. Did I learn from my mother who raised us in large part on her own?

When I finally met the man I'd fall in love with and marry, I didn't anticipate he would come as a package deal which meant instant stepmom status for me, yahhh!

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This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.

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