On Managing Healthy Relationships

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I’m an introvert so naturally that means that I am a little challenged when it comes to managing relationships. It takes me a while to trust others. While I am cautious with my habitual reading and evaluating of people, I do have a great safe circle of friends and family. I also have relationships that I need to work on.

As the year closes, I’m feeling an urge to be more present in the lives of the people who are special to me. I feel like I’ve let so many other things take too much of my time and I need to prioritize. The thought of managing so many personalities can be overwhelming though.

Often times life feels like a reality TV drama and I become so drained, I just want to shut down. My fear of drama is what keeps me from fully investing in new relationships. In the third episode of Mary Mary Season 2, there’s some of everything going on and it serves as a perfect example of how important sacrifice, communication, and using the word “no” are to fostering healthy relationships.

Erica is working during her 11 year wedding anniversary and also missing her sister Alana’s bridal shower. She makes plans to celebrate with her husband in between her work schedule and time she would have been at the shower. Tina is pregnant and overdoes it at an amusement park with her 4 year-old daughter, putting a Mary Mary concert and her health at risk. Since she is so dedicated to her children, she’s wanting to spend less time touring while Erica wants to do the complete opposite. Goo’s new boyfriend, Justin, wants her to move to Atlanta, uprooting her from her established career in LA. People will be left unhappy, but at the end of the day, each person has to do what’s best for them.

There will be times when you have to make sacrifices for the ones you love. There will be times when you’ll have to be a little selfish and say “no” more often than you’d like. Open communication is key to helping both parties understand each other’s choices and convictions, thus keeping relationships healthy.

Three-time Grammy® award-winning gospel duo Erica and Tina Campbell face situations that challenge their relationships in Season 2 of WE tv’s hit series Mary Mary as they balance being recording artists, mothers, and wives. MARY MARY premieres Thursday, December 6 at 10|9c and moves to its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 9|8c, beginning December 13. Watch a sneak peek here!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WE tv. The opinions and text are all mine.



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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

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