What A Vacation Can Do For Your Relationship

Whether it’s to the white sandy beaches of St Lucia, the glistening mountains of Switzerland or to a romantic inn upstate, a jaunt away can be great for any relationship. If you are thinking that you are too busy to plan a trip and your relationship won’t suffer for it anyway, think again; here are some  reasons why you should make the time for that vacation you keep putting off:

Grnad Pitons, St Lucia

Grnad Pitons, St Lucia

...A vacation can provide you with new perspective

When you are on vacation, it is a great time to cut off all distractions and take the time to reevaluate what is important as a couple. You can discuss any issues, goals and plans or simply enjoy the alone time that a holiday brings. Use this time to communicate and be honest.

...You have the time to reconnect with your significant other

When you are away with your honey, this is a great time to bond and create new and precious memories.  Spend time doing things you don’t usually do together at home,  like talking at your meals instead of reading the newspaper, going for walks together or experiencing something new that you have never done before. This will help revitalize the relationship.

...You can do some relationship maintenance

When you are on vacation, this is the perfect time to do some relationship maintenance. Take the time to focus on things that you take for granted at home like being romantic, showing spontaneous appreciation and being affectionate.

Student Lawyer Magazine - Secret Lawyer

A Matrimonial Lawyer, in the Truest Sense

Vol. 42 No. 7

ByLeslie A. Gordon

LESLIE A. GORDON is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years.

Law, Samantha Daniels said, is “in my blood.” Her father was a prestigious lawyer and Philadelphia chancellor. Her two brothers are lawyers. “As a family, the law and legal education [were] considered fundamental,” she said. “At a young age, I was fascinated by the law. If I wanted to convince my father of something, I had to lawyer him. I grew up with it, I understand it.”

So it was natural for Daniels to become an attorney herself. After graduating from Temple University Beasley School of Law, she went into matrimonial law. She chose that field because she was “always a people person” and liked the family law classes in law school. She first worked for a judge in the matrimonial division of the New York Supreme Court and later joined a law firm’s matrimonial practice.

While working as an attorney, Daniels was always “throwing parties on the side for my single friends,” she recalled. “To be a good hostess, I would introduce people: ‘You’re both from Chicago and you both like to play tennis.’ Then I’d learn that they’d gotten engaged. I thought to myself, ‘It’s more rewarding to get people together than to break them apart.’” And her matches were solid because she’d learned in her law practice why relationships don’t work and was able to avoid those pitfalls.

Before long, Daniels left the law to form a matchmaking company, Samantha’s Table. She has since helped more than 300 people find spouses. Her database now has 50,000 clients across the country and she has offices in New York and Los Angeles. Her business caters to high-profile, successful people looking for love. “They’re all top, top in their professions,” Daniels said of her clients. “The have no trouble getting dates, they just haven’t found the right person.”

Chronicling her work, Daniels wrote Matchbook: The Diary of a Modern Day Matchmaker, which was made into a TV show called Miss Match created by Darren Star and starring Alicia Silverstone. Today, she regularly appears on TV for advice and celebrity segments and writes romance travel articles and relationship columns for several publications, including The Huffington Post.

Though far from the courtroom, Daniels said, “Honestly, I think I use my law degree every day. A JD is a better degree than even an undergrad degree because it teaches you skills you’ll use in the real life.