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Date… a lot!

Date… a lot!

Two of my girlfriends and I were having dinner last week and the question about their dating life came up along with a lot of groans. Victoria bellowed, “does the dating BS ever end?” We all laughed, but then I very seriously said “Yes, of course it does.” We are all in our late 40′s and until a year ago were all single.  I broke the dysfunctional dating cycle and got married.  For the past year, I have been writing about my dysfunctional dating scenarios and how I finally figured out the formula to finding a life partner.  Click here to read my previous articles which would be helpful in understanding all that I did during this time.

I truly meant it when I told Victoria that “yes,” ending the nauseating dating game is possible at any age. I believe it does take work and a willingness to do some serious self reflection. For me, there was no question.  It was not only about wanting to spend my life with someone, but also about a personal growth journey that I knew in my heart had to be healed in this lifetime.  I had to figure out what held me back from creating a healthy, intimate, relationship with a man. Not only did I have a deep desire to heal this within myself, but all of my being longed to be partnered with someone that was a fit for me and me for them.  It is a magnificent experience for me to finally heal this within myself and to be with a man that brings out the best in me. As cliche as this sounds, this is exactly what the right fit does for a person.

So, to expound on Victoria’s question, the BS does end.  It ends when you are ready to get real with yourself and discover why you choose the same kind of person over and over again to date.  It ends when you clearly state from the onset of dating someone that you are seeking a long term partner.  It ends when you stop dating people the moment you know they are not right for you.  It ends when you stop making excuses for the person you are dating and their behavior.  It ends when you stop pining away for someone who is not interested in you. It ends when you begin to start dating…..a lot.

What do I mean by that last one?  If you are looking for someone to be in a long term relationship with, start dating…a lot!  Go out there and do the 20 minute coffee date at least 2 or 3 times a week with different people.  In order to find someone who is a fit for you, meeting a lot of people who are not a fit for you is part of the scenario.  Sometimes people find their partners early in life.  For me and some of my friends, that did not happen. As we get older, we have to date more to find that person we would like to spend our life with.  Someone once told me that it is a “number’s game.”  I’m not sure about that, but I do know that I dated quite a lot.

This will sound extremely unromantic, however, if you are looking for a job, would you apply for one job and then sit home waiting for that one job to call you?  No!  You would probably apply for 10 jobs and hope that one of them would be a fit.  Think of dating as the same thing.  You have to meet a lot of people in order to find someone who is a fit for you….and of course, once again I know that there are people who meet their partners right away.  This is for those of you who have not met someone yet.  Keep putting yourself out there and remember to be clear and honest with the person you are dating and with yourself.

Learn to gently call yourself on your own issues in order to begin eliminating it “out there.” Be honest, loving and patient.

Until next week!

Related:
10 Tips for Dating in the Real World
DOs and DON’Ts of Internet Dating
Conscious Dating

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Liz Dawn Donahue

Liz Dawn Donahue was recently married after years of dating. She is the CEO of Mishka Productions whose signature event Celebrate Your Life, brings together people from all over the world to assist in raising the consciousness of the planet. CelebrateYourLife.ORG

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7:09AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

I don't quite understand the fixation with ''love''

1:58AM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Thank you :)

11:37AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Very funny take on it, but informative! I completely agree, introspection is key in the dating life (as it is everywhere else). Thanks.

2:51AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Its not that easy to find a partner however, IMHO its easier for a man to find a lady than the opposite for a lot of reasons but maybe its for them as well. Who knows? Lots of older women dont want to go to the pub and stand there twiddling their pinkie finger and laughing or giggling endlessly to waffle to look a bit interested when it may be boring as watching paint drying. Or going to a pub to find that all the men and women are decades younger than you are. Then there are clubs and I have searched heaps of clubs only to find they cost a lot of money to join....... these clubs are in a mixed volunteer capacity.
I have no idea now. Its not easy and the men my age are truly brain dead and uninspiring b/c they havent done anything much with their lives. Tell me where and I ' ll go and take a look.

12:37AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

ty

2:09PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

I just want to say I think the picture is hilarious......and I want my 20 butterfly credits......didn't read the article,but I would say quality is most important and some quantity probably important too....

12:21AM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Thanks.

2:36PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

great article thanks!!!

3:03AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:25PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

I think women read/watch too many romance novels, and get it in their heads...looking for Mr. Rightor Mr. Perfect. No one is always right or perfect. We all need a reality check.

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