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Top 10 Best U.S. Cities to Fall in Love

I had the amazing opportunity to spend my birthday this month in Bordeaux with my family and then traveled to the City of LOVE—Paris–with some of our top earning Consultants. It’s been so much fun touring, shopping and enjoying the cuisine and wine of France!

Paris, of course, is known as the most romantic city in the world with its intimate sidewalk cafés, historic sites and cultural landmarks. But visiting Paris got me to thinking—what are some of the best cities in the United State to find, and fall in, love?

www.therichest.com and author Maria Hagan came up with a survey a while back, with the help of Facebook analytics, to figure out the best cities to fall in love. And surprisingly, New York isn’t one of them. (neither are Washington, D.C., San Francisco or Los Angeles).

So what are the top 10 cities for love? Here they are:

10. Phoenix, AZ “Phoenix has a fast growing up-and-coming music and arts scene, making it an ideal spot for socializing,” according to the article.

9. Cincinnati, OH Our home town! I’d like to think Pure Romance has something to do with our city’s top 10 rating.  “It is an exciting, sociable city to be in with festivals taking place all year round,” says The Richest.

8. Tucson, AZ “The city is home to the University of Arizona, but is much more than just a college town,” the article notes. “Tucson draws on many of the benefits of a college town, offering cheap rent, cheap takeout, and cheap drinks around town.”

7. Indianapolis, IN “The city’s good livability and vibrancy make Indianapolis an agreeable place to live and to play the dating game,”

6. Oklahoma City, OK “With 95 males to every 100 females, the odds of pairing-up are almost perfect,” notes The Richest. “No longer the sleepy town that it was of old, the city is student-friendly and rich in cultural and sporting events.”

5. San Antonio, TX “The city is one of Texas’s most popular tourist destinations,” Hagan notes. “It is a vibrant place to be.”

4. Fort Worth, TX “Home to the world’s largest rodeo and a number of theatres, museums and music venues,” says The Richest, “Fort Worth’s nightlife is full of opportunities for finding love.”

3. Louisville, KY “A thriving indie music scene makes for an animated nightlife and sociable lifestyle,” says Hagan, “full of opportunities of meeting ‘the one.’”

2. El Paso, TX “The strong military presence in the city is thought to increase adherence to traditional values, and thus to encourage long-lasting relationships among its people,” the article says.

And the top place to fall in love??? (drum roll, please…)

1. Colorado Springs, CO “Residents are coupling up in committed relationships at the highest rate of all U.S. cities,” says The Richest. “As a college town and a prime location for outdoor sporting, the lifestyle is young, dynamic and social. A thriving downtown bar scene and the beautiful location of the city (with a snowy Rocky Mountain backdrop) only help encourage the city’s air of romance.”

There you have it, the Top 10 cities in the U.S. to find love. But whether or not you live in any of these cities, you can make your own romantic setting. And Pure Romance is here to help you do just that. Want to read more about these cities? Go to the article at http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/nation/10-u-s-cities-where-youre-most-likely-to-find-love/  Happy romance, everyone!

It’s National Training Week!

 

We are always so excited to welcome our consultants for our training sessions and conferences but we’re especially thrilled this week to bring everyone in to our home town of Cincinnati for National Training! It’s going to be an amazing opportunity to “stay a student” and learn from each other, and from our experts on how to run your business, increase sales and generally become a better CEO of your own company and your own life.

In fact, there is research supporting the idea of continuing your education beyond the classroom. Ben Fraley and Mark Schaefer wrote a blog for Integrity Technology Solutions about the importance of continuing to learn, especially in the business field. One of the most important points they brought up was you can increase your productivity and efficiency. “The more a person becomes skilled at their job,” they say, “the more work that can be done in less time.” (And don’t we all want that??)

Education keeps us up to date on trends and topics and makes us experts in our field. Read more from their blog at http://blog.integrityts.com/the-benefits-of-continuing-education-for-your-organization. Want more support for the idea of learning beyond graduation? Read this article from our friends at The Muse https://www.themuse.com/advice/schools-not-out-the-importance-of-continuing-education.

National Training gives you a great forum to learn more about your business and about yourself as a small business owner. If you haven’t checked the complete schedule, you can download the app for Pure Romance National Training 2017 for the latest on speakers, activities and more. Some of the highlighted speakers include:

 

  • Brian Biro, breakthrough coach
  • Brian Parsley, certified professional behavior analyst and human capital strategist
  • Debby Herbenick, MPH, PhD, human sexuality expert
  • Ian Kerner, PhD, American sex counselor and author
  • Janelle Evans, MD, FACOG, FPMRS, OB-GYN and Urogynecologist
  • Madeleine Castellanos, MD, physician and sex therapist
  • Patricia Moreno, entrepreneur
  • Robyn Benincasa, entrepreneur

And, of course, Chris and I will be speaking as well.

It’s not all classes, of course, there’ll be happy hours, workout sessions in the morning, and we’re going to the Reds game this weekend. We’re looking forward to seeing you at this week’s National Training. We hope you’ll come away inspired and ready for a great year with Pure Romance!

Sex Education for Grownups

We like to encourage our Pure Romance Consultants to “Stay a Student”—that is, continue to learn better ways to entertain their clients, manage their own business and listen to what their customers say, in and out of the order room.

But all of us can be students when it comes to our own sex lives. It’s what l like to call “Sex Education for Grown-Ups.” In fact, the New York Times recently published a story with that headline on suggested reading materials to help us with our “homework.”

According to a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, “increasing frequency of intercourse from once a month to once a week generates the same amount of happiness as an additional $50,000 a year in income,” writes Judith Newman, the author of the article. (Now THAT’s my kind of return on investment!)

The books listed include: “Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters—and How to Get It” where the author talks about various ways, including, yes, vibrators, to learn more about our bodies work; “It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage With (Almost) No Help from My Spouse-and How You Can Too;” “Love: One Shrink’s Sensible Advice for Finding a Lasting Relationship,” examining traits for long-term partnerships; and “Sex That Works: An Intimate Guide to Awakening Your Erotic Life” that drops the interesting factoid that the rate of anorgasmic women is three times higher in the U.S. than in Europe.

No matter your relationship status, it’s always good to “stay a student” when it comes to your own sexual health and sex life. Communication is the key, whether it’s with a partner or if it’s with your Pure Romance Consultant. There’s not much she’s not heard of or dealt with, and always know that if you have questions or issues, she’s a great listener.

Want to read more about Sex Ed for Grown-Ups? Here’s the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/books/review/help-desk-sex-relationship-self-help.html And good luck with your homework!

Looking forward to seeing all of you in Cincinnati next week for National Training!

Save Your Summer Skin

Welcome to summer! We’re in the middle (at least in the northern hemisphere) of long, sunny days, outdoor activities, fun in the sun and on the beach. You may love getting out in the great weather, but your skin may pay the price for all that outdoor activity. Lucky for us, our friends at InStyle have what they call “The 25 Best Summer Skin Tips Ever.”

We won’t go through all 25, but here are some highlights that are good advice for all of us to follow, not just in summer but all year round:

You can find more summertime skin tips at http://www.instyle.com/beauty/25-best-summer-skin-tips-ever. And you can check out our Pure Romance line of skin care products just by asking your Consultant. Enjoy the summer!

Celebrate ALL Our Freedoms This Holiday!

A happy Fourth of July to all of you! In America, we set aside this date to celebrate our freedoms and those who were brave enough to envision what this country could be under democracy.

But while we celebrate freedom, we should pause to remember that not everybody enjoys the freedoms we do, especially sexual freedom. We still live in a time when women are sexually abused and their abusers face no consequences; when genital mutilation is routinely practiced, a surgery that the World Health Organization calls “a violation of the human rights of girls and women;” when women are stoned to death because they were accused of adultery.

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) includes sexual freedom in its statements of value and vision, stating that all individuals are entitled to enjoy:

  • Freedom of their sexual thoughts, feelings and fantasies.
  • Freedom to engage in healthy modes of sexual activity, including both self-pleasuring and consensually shared-pleasuring.
  • Freedom to exercise behavioral, emotional, economic, and social responsibility for their bodily functioning, their sexual liaisons, and their chosen mode of loving, working, and playing.
  • AASECT believes that these rights pertain to all peoples whatever their age, family structure, backgrounds, beliefs, and circumstances, including those who are disadvantaged, specially challenged, ill or impaired.

The group also emphasizes sex education, saying “AASECT recognizes that there is an urgent need for comprehensive education about sexual health to be made available to all peoples, and advocates for social, cultural, political, and economic change to expand, and extend the availability of quality education in sexual health.”

We continue to educate others about their sexual health, as well as their sexual freedom. It’s one of our rights as we celebrate the Fourth of July.

Want to read the entire AASECT statement? Visit https://www.aasect.org/vision-sexual-health for more.