I’m booking a flight to New Orleans for this weekend. Brice: I should have been with Maggie since ’08, but then again, I suspect I am better because of the experiences in between. A decade of dating in NYC can teach you a lot about yourself.Brice: [Defers to Maggie]Maggie: We met at our first job. Crew straight out of school – he was in men’s design, I was in women’s merchandising.

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At each new point, we always had a conversation to find out where we were and how we felt.

I think that viewing relationships as an inevitable thing that happens between two people who are attracted to each other takes away from the emotional vulnerability, and work, that goes into building strong commitments.

Kelly: We were good ol’ fashion friends from the fall of 2010 to the fall of 2011. Then we were friends with benefits until I moved to Seattle, and then back to just friends until October of 2013.

Ashley: We met in a college class and slowly became friends.

Ashley: We hooked up for a semester in college, then spent about two years being mostly just friends again while he did an internship in NY (I was still based in Indiana) then moved to Seattle.

After a year in Seattle he came back to Indiana to visit, and we decided to try and date for real. Ashley: We talked so much about every decision and all of our feelings so that even when it felt weird, it quickly went back to not feeling weird.When he showed up in Indiana the last time, I was terrified to try and date ANYBODY for real.But it quickly felt natural and right after all that talking and sharing.I learned this lesson the hard way when I started dating a friend in high school.Not only were we good friends, but our families were also extremely close and had been for years.Dating a friend is widely recognized to be a pursuit fraught with potential complications.