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Christina Pesoli is a native Austinite and the author if Break Free from the Divortex:  Power Through Your Divorce and Launch Your New Life.  She is also the founder of Emotional Hardbody where she coaches women who are going through divorce, helping them to avoid common mistakes that make the process take longer and cost more.  Christina’s essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Huffington PostAustin American Statesman’s Raising Austin, Notre Dame Magazine and KUT’s O’ Dark Thirty

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Emotional Hardbody Answers

Why can't she quit me? Constant contact with your ex doesn't make you a 'good guy'

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, My girlfriend and I broke up about a month ago. Krista and I dated since our junior year in college, and we parted on good enough terms ...


Emotional Hardbody Answers

Emotional Hardbody Answers: Going round and round over ring leaves fiancé feeling not so rosy

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, In September, I’m marrying the man of my dreams and couldn’t be happier. But there is one issue that is causing our wedding bells to ...


Emotional Hardbody Answers

Friends don't let friends have divorce parties, or do they?

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, One of my best friends just went through a nasty divorce. Now that it’s behind her, she wants to celebrate by having a “divorce party.” I ...


Emotional Hardbody Answers

Emotional Hardbody: After divorce, should you keep wedding photos for the kid's sake?

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, I am a divorced mom of a 6-year-old daughter, Cassidy. When Cassidy was two, I found out that her dad was a pathological liar. From his educational ...


Emotional Hardbody Answers

Underground mother-in-law: My ex's mom wants us to be secret friends

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, I’m going through a tough divorce that was prompted by my husband Tom’s affair. The whole thing came as a shock, and it has been ...


Emotional Hardbody Answers

Emotional Hardbody Answers: What to do when you can hear your neighbors?

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, We have new next-door neighbors. Unlike our last neighbors, the new neighbors spend a lot of time in their backyard. They especially log in a lot of ...


Emotional Hardbody Answers

My best friend’s boyfriend bought her a gift she’ll hate. Should I tell him?

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, My best friend, Veronica, has a new boyfriend, James. The two of them are head over heels about each other. James seems like a really nice guy ...


Emotional Hardbody Answers

Dealing with curmudgeons who play by their own rules at the movies

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, My boyfriend Perry and I went to a movie the other night.  Before the movie started, we were occasionally whispering comments to each other during the trailers ...


Emotional Hardbody

Emotional Hardbody Answers: Now that we're just friends without benefits, should I tell his new fling?

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, Something has been on my mind but I’m having a hard time figuring out if it’s a problem or not; and if it is, whether ...


About Vase

Emotional Hardbody answers: What do you do with a surly dinner party guest?

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, Last Friday I had a few people over for a small dinner party. My friend Amber arrived just as I was pulling the lasagna and garlic bread ...


Should She Stay or Should She Go?

Emotional Hardbody Answers: Ex-husband's new girlfriend wants advice on marriage clash

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, My ex-husband Bruce and I were married for seven years (no kids) and have been divorced for four years. We’re not best friends or anything, but ...


Emotional Hardbody

Emotional Hardbody answers: Are drinks before a school meeting against the rules?

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, Last Wednesday there was a parents' meeting at 7 p.m. at my son’s elementary school. Another mom of a child in my son’s class ...


tough questions

Emotional Hardbody answers: How to keep sister's squeeze from souring family get-togethers

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, My sister “Samantha” (who is single) is having an affair with “Chad,” a married man.   This has been going on for years now.   In her mind, she ...


Life Advice

Emotional Hardbody answers: If a friend thinks her husband isn't on Facebook, do you tell her he is?

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, I am friends with someone named “Jenny.” Jenny and I work together, and while I don’t think of us as besties or anything, I do consider ...


Life Advice

Emotional Hardbody answers: Does guilt over ex's friend's affair pass the "tell" test?

By Christina Pesoli

Dear Emotional Hardbody, My husband Craig and I recently split up and are getting a divorce (Fun!). A couple of months before we split up, Craig told me that his ...


Life Advice

Emotional Hardbody answers: Coworker's copycat behavior not taken as a compliment

By Christina Pesoli

For the second installment of her new advice column, Emotional Hardbody takes on copycat behavior; it's time to get creative. Dear Emotional Hardbody, There’s this coworker of mine ...


Life Advice

Emotional Hardbody answers: Daughter's secret cell phone highlights parental disconnect

By Christina Pesoli

This week, we're pleased to introduce our new advice columnist, Emotional Hardbody. For the first installment, she takes on complicated family issues, broken promises and stealthy behavior. Dear Emotional ...


school of life

Season's grievings: Post Sandy Hook, I'm observing 28 Days of Anger, not 12 days of Christmas

By Christina Pesoli

I’m having a hard time moving on after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Maybe it’s because we have had so many of these mass killings recently. Or perhaps it ...


Thou Shalt Not Steal Much?

Why being surrounded by conservative Christian Republicans makes me covet a security system

By Christina Pesoli

I'm thinking about getting a home security system, and boy do I resent it.  Security systems go against the whole 1970s-liberal-Democrat-spirit of my upbringing.   Guarding your house was a ...


Are You There God? It's Me, Christina.

The Church of Social Justice vs. Conservatism: Why this Catholic girl is praying for a schism

By Christina Pesoli

“Dear Father in Heaven…If you're up there and you can hear me, show me the way.  I'm at the end of my rope.  Show me the way ...


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