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Three Easy Rules on How to Find a Mate

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426pt thToday’s cartoon is about being ready. Two of my favorite expressions are: Act as if, and Be ready for. Maybe because they are challenges!

I was listening to KFI’s new relationship talk show host, Dr. Wendy Walsh, a couple of weeks ago, and she said there are 3 dating mistakes people make when they are seriously looking for the One.

  1. Only looking online for a mate, and ignoring all the opportunities in real life. (If you’re very introverted, stretching yourself to be more friendly in the real world is a challenge, to be sure. But we really like those who enjoy similar activities, or hang out at the same places.)
  2. Another mistake: Only looking in real life, and not trying the online sites! 🙂 (She speaks highly of OK Cupid, but and Tinder are probably better known.)
  3. Here’s where it gets weird: I forget the 3rd rule. What if it’s the most important one? What if that’s my worst mistake ever? I looked up her podcasts, but couldn’t find it. What do you think it might be?

So all I have to work with here are numbers 1 and 2. I like the idea of meeting online, and have read many success stories, but first I have to get some great photos.

Not sure if I’m ready for that… but at least I have #1 to try. Unfortunately, that means I have to be friendly to people, I guess. SIGH.

Next: the first cartoon of Love Month!

Three Easy Rules on How to Find a Mate

Donna Barstow

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