On the 1st of the month my friend sent me the Ultimate Summer Dating Challenge. It was ultimate alright. It was a challenge to ask and go on 10 dates in one month. While many would find this intimidating, the idea of meeting 10 different guys and going on 10 dates sounded fun. Then the mind-chattering excuses came: “You’re too busy,” “Maybe you should try it next month,” “It’s already 11 days in the month, how can you get 10 dates?” “Did you read that correctly, YOU have to ask a guy out on a date?” “How are you going to meet 10 guys to ask out on dates?” With my birthday being exactly a month away from today, the thought of being another year older and another year single did not seem very thrilling. So in an attempt to create lifestyle balance, I pushed away my excuses and decided to take the plunge and see if within the next 20 days (or I may give myself the full 30 day period which ends on my birthday) I can go on 10 dates. If you’d like to take the challenge with me or just like to get more dates, here are 5 ways to do it:
- Online Dating- This morning I did it, I took the plunge and decided to join Match.com. Being inspired by my client who has been dating a guy she met on Match for several weeks after I created her profile, I purchased a 30 day subscription and created one for myself. There are several great online dating websites, some are even free. For profile tips check out: 5 Tips For A Winning Online Dating Profile
- Networking Mixers- I know you have received emails about these or have had a friend invite you to a few, but somehow you still end up on the couch at home watching your favorite shows on TV. Networking mixers are great places to meet like-minded people in particular industries or with similar interests as yourself, so DVR your favorite program and go to the networking mixer.
- Meet-Up Groups- This website links individuals with groups of similar interests and hobbies. Comparable to networking mixers, it’s a great place to meet people who you share common interests.
- Work- Where do you spend more time than at your job? While many people don’t advocate “fishing off the company pier,” I think it’s a great place to get to really know someone and see how they work under pressure as well as in a group environment. You have to be careful with this one though. Whether it works out great or it ends in disaster, there’s a major possibility one of the individuals will need to leave the company after the union happens. However many successful relationships began as office romances. Yours could be next.
- Friends and Family- Friends and family members are a great resource in helping you find dates. Oftentimes, we just don’t let them know we’re seriously looking. Let them know you are open to dating and ask them if they know of anyone they think would be a good fit for you. Who knows you better than your friends and family?
These tips will assist you in finding people who are compatible for you to date. In the meantime, I’ve got some dates to go on myself….10 to be exact.
Are you up to joining me in the “Ultimate Summer Dating Challenge?” How do you find dates?
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