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10 Intentions to Set for Your Love Life Now

New year, new you? Making simple changes and committing to mindful action often transforms everything. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are ten intentions to bring to your love life in 2019. 1. I will bring positive energy to dating. I will not be negative or unload any…

Singleness Isn’t a Gift (and maybe a partner isn’t either)

At this time of year, we’re surrounded by images and suggestions for gifts. A flat screen TV is a gift. So is a box of assorted chocolates. It’s understandable to have presents on the brain. But it’s not just stuff that’s a gift, especially around the holidays. People often talk…

How to Celebrate the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind

Under the best circumstances, the holidays can make a person crazy. There are so many expectations—those other people have—and those you have. In a lot of places, it’s cold and dark, which really doesn’t help. What’s a person, especially a single person, to do? Here are some ideas for moving…

6 ways to Handle Anxiety During Dating

You may know that online dating is a valuable platform for meeting new people, but you may find yourself anxious and uncomfortable with the process and all of the uncertainty that comes with it. From being ghosted or rejected to getting your hopes up prior to meeting in person only…

Family, the Holidays, and Those Endless Dating Questions

As if straight out of a Hollywood movie, you may soon get asked some very personal questions in front of your extended family this holiday season. “Have you found that special someone?” you can practically hear your grandmother ask, or perhaps it’s your dad or uncle or brother who casts…

5 Reasons to be Grateful to Your Single Self

The holiday season can be a mixed bag for single people. Although it’s a festive time of year with lots of opportunities to meet other single people, it also can be a stark reminder that you’re unattached. Colder weather makes you crave a cuddle partner. Family dinners are full of…

A Reflection on ‘What If This Were Enough’

When I first heard that Heather Havrilesky’s newest book was called What If This Were Enough? I knew I needed to get my hands on it. Heather writes the advice column “Ask Polly” for The Cut and has written another book I enjoyed, mostly made up of those columns: How…

How to Handle Flakes and the Plans They Make

Everyone loves to complain about flakes in dating. You’ll probably come across someone who doesn’t return texts or goes MIA just as you were gaining momentum. That’s definitely disappointing. The bigger grievance? When they attempt to make plans with you. Under no circumstances is not showing up on a date…

4 Things to Address Before Your Next Relationship

When you’re single, you know it’s entirely your decision when you decide to start a new relationship. You choose when you start the next one, yet the kind of relationship you have –the quality of it –depends largely on you. My point is simple. You can start a relationship any…