3 Not So Typical Places You May Meet Your Mr. Right

 

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Dating can be tough. If 2017 taught you anything about dating, it was that the process of finding decent guys to date is sometimes equivalent to banging your head against a wall, and hoping for some kind of miracle that will knock the wall down.  Why does it seem like most women feel like all guys in the dating pool are the same? Sometimes that is exactly the case, because you’re looking in the same ole places and expecting different results. Don’t be afraid to try new venues in order to meet potential partners, and release your hang ups about places that aren’t so “normal”. Here are a few places to keep in mind as you tackle dating this year.
Charity Events 
What better way to meet someone with a big heart than through events where everyone’s donating or volunteering for a cause? This is a great way to meet guys that could have the same passion and purpose as you. This not only gives you a chance to make a difference and give back to your community, but also to interact  with potential partners that have similar life goals.
Does this mean that every guy at these events will be a great match or sincere in their intentions? Not necessarily, but it’s a good place to take a chance. After all, these men are choosing to take time out of their schedules and help serve others. A selfless spirit is already a plus.
Online
I know,I know….I tend to cringe too sometimes at the automatic thought of hookup sites disguised as dating sites that help you to find your forever. I’ve definitely had my fair share of horror stories and comedy from my dating site trial and error phases. But set aside your urge to roll your eyes, dismissing the internet altogether based off past experiences or the popular opinion of infamous dating sites.
Give decent dating sites another breath of life. It may seem like most guys there are only looking for a quick, good time, but don’t be so quick to
write  off every guy that reaches out to you as such. A little online conversation doesn’t hurt anyone, and sometimes leads to great relationships and networking. Don’t be in a rush to take things offline just because someone else is. Take your time, and remember that you control your the pace of whatever you decide to pursue.
Another thing to remember is that you can use non dating sites online to meet others also. Don’t let the negative talk of being “thirsty” and “sliding in DM’s” scare you away from trying to get to know those you interact with online. We’re all adults, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with speaking respectfully and privately with someone you have an interest in. Don’t be afraid to use regular social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as places to meet someone. It’s a great way to meet those with similar interests as you that you may not run into daily offline.
Bookstores
This may sound cliche,but you’d be surprised how many people overlook the possibility of meeting an intelligent, creative, and driven partner inside a bookstore. This is another one of those situations where you can hit two birds with one stone, because you can possibly meet someone with substance while also getting a chance to pick up books you’re interested, or books that will help you to advance in your own craft.
If bookstores don’t make you feel like you’re in a beautiful corner of Heaven (as they make me feel, don’t judge) and they’re not your normal place to frequent, start small. Step into one to simply sit and enjoy a coffee while people watching. Eventually you can work your way up to browsing the store, or even bringing your laptop to sit and get your work done peacefully. It’s actually quite relaxing for those that have never chilled in a bookstore before.
Everything that works for others isn’t always going to work for you,and vice versa. Don’t miss out on a potentially great match for yourself by continuing to search in the same places you’ve always frequented, or by overlooking places that don’t seem as exciting. Take on a different approach to dating this year, and as time goes on you’ll find that it will bring about some positive results.
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Tinder Foolery

The more I try to give Tinder a chance,the more I realize it’s just not for someone like me. In fact, the most exciting thing about Tinder is scrolling the profiles to swipe left or right, and the short-lived excitement when you see the “it’s a match!” message flash across the screen. 

My latest Tinder experience included a match with a handsome guy who stated in his caption that he was interested in making friends and a relationship (if it happens). He enjoyed quite a few things that I also love to do,so I was pleased when I saw he had also swiped right for my profile. He wrote me within ten minutes of my swipe. 

Him: “Hi beautiful”

Me: “Hi! How are you?”

Him: “I’m okay beautiful. What you up to?”

(Mind you,it’s almost 1 am)

Me: “Lying in bed getting some writing done. You?”

Him: “you should come lie in bed with me” 

*Side eye followed by major eye roll*

Me: “I don’t even know you lol”

Him: “come get to know me. I’ll send you my address.”

Me: “sir do you know what time it is? I don’t go to people’s homes at this time of night, nor do I go to homes of strangers”

Him: “that’s too bad. You’re sexy as f*ck” 

(That message was followed up by him removing me as a match immediately.)

So much for meeting new people and possibilities of a relationship. I guess in Tinder land that really means “let’s have sex on the first night”.