Understanding Dating, Relating and Mating

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Unleashing the Cougar!

I came across this article when I was doing some research for this blog (and the book behind it) about search engine terms and questions people look to have answered on the fascinating subject of dating.

It’s interesting to read of appropriate ‘phases’ in relationships, and the idea that everything has a time and a place.

I guess we imbibe this in the many social and cultural cues that surround us from the moment we enter the world, even within our own home. Our backgrounds clearly influence who we become – if we are raised in a family of over-sharers or over-relaters, that is bound to have an affect on how we interact with others, just as the opposite is true.

Having said this, a part of me rebels at the idea of ‘correct’ and ‘incorrect’ ways to go about living our lives and forming relationships. Some of the most…

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The Wednesday Rule: Conversations for Succesful Dating

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Dating
can have extreme highs and lows. When I take a look back on some of my
relationships that didn’t work out, I noticed one thing that they all have in
common,I was not open about my needs early in the dating process. I was
just a go with the flow type girl and most of the times things didn’t flow my
way. What I’m sharing with you today are
fourconversations that I believe we all
should have at the beginningof the dating process. These
conversations give your possible partner
an understanding of what you are looking for and what they can expect from
you.

COMMITMENT LEVEL

Withsituation-ships on the rise, dating with purpose is very important. I want you to be open and honest with the person you are dating when it comes to the type of relationship you are looking for. When my boyfriend and I started dating…

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Dating Someone with Different Food Lifestyles

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Dating Atlanta with The Fire Jayde

Listen! I might be placing my foot into my mouth right now but at 213 pounds, I don’t even care. I was doing so good while on my healthy eating streak (smoothies, exercising at the gym and drinking plenty of water) but the minute I started dating someone who’s eating habits did not align with mine, the pounds quickly began to add up. I understand that no one forced me to eat but when we went out to eat almost once a week, I lost sight and sight of the “no meat” diet. “Buffalo and Lemon Pepper wings” became my favorite and the weather outdoors became “too cold for me to work out.


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Those were my excuses so let me be and stop judging!


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Family Time is Great, But Date Nights Are Needed

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The "F" Word Principles

When Mike and I first started our relationship, we were inseparable and always enjoyed each other’s company. We’d always go out to eat together ( we immediately made the connection that we both loved food! ), and we had long enjoyable conversations about anything and everything. I still laugh whenever I think about one of the very first dates we had. I had invited him to go with me to the AMA’s, and this would be the first time we would be in the car together for over an hour drive before arriving at the Nokia Theater. I was concerned ( more like freaking out ) about what we would talk about the whole way there. I mean, that was a long drive! What if we had nothing to talk about? What if it became awkward? I don’t handle awkward very well! If this turned out to be a disaster…

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Dating Is So Hard!!

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TOE's Diary

Been wondering why dating has to be so hard for me when every one else seems to be having it easy. I always feel hyperventilated when I get the question “are you seeing someone?”

I recently asked my friends to tell me why I am single. Majority of them said I don’t go out enough. While others said I don’t put myself out there enough. As a result they set me on a couple of blind dates (I didn’t like) and they signed me up for dating apps (majority of the people I met there were either creepos or misfits) so I took down the apps.

I decided to do things differently 6 months ago when I moved to a new city. I challenged myself to ask 3 guys in the new city out on a date. This is something I always said I was never going to do when…

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Age ain’t nothin but a number?

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The musings of a 30 something singleton

“What is an acceptable age gap”? is question that has come up repeatedly in my conversations with my friends. This is of course very personal and everybody has their own preference. My own personal view is don’t go out with anyone more than 15 years older or more than 10 years younger. Older men are very attractive because they usually have a good career, income and lifestyle and generally “know what they are doing” in dating and in the bedroom. However they may come with baggage (messy divorces, kids, demanding careers) and may be reliving a lost youth and will not necessarily want to settle down with you. A younger man usually appeals to our sense of fun and adventure, yet they may be too young to settle down and may not have much financial security. It’s not that we are expecting a guy to support us, but if he…

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Am I the Only One Who Actually Enjoys Dating?

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Buffalo Sauce Everywhere

So I think there’s enough literature out there about how awful dating is and how online dating especially is worse than getting root canal and getting your eyes clawed out by a tiger while your great Aunt Sue comments on how chubby you’ve gotten.

So this may come as a shock to you…I actually enjoy dating. I even like online dating.

Hell, I didn’t even realize until recently that I’m in the minority.

I was driving home talking to my ex on the phone chatting away about how I didn’t understand why my best friend wouldn’t give OKCupid a try. And suddenly he erupted at me:

“MAYBE SHE JUST DOESN’T LIKE DATING, RENATA!”

Nonsensical, I thought. What could be bad about dating?

Now, I do want to take a moment to point out that there is actually a dangerous side to dating, especially for women, and I understand anyone would…

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