Just Me

“If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.”
-Paulo Coelho

Years ago I was offered advice to write down all of the things that I wanted in my life within the following five years, seal it up and wait to open it. I stumbled across this list recently when I was organizing my office (and ironically right before leaving on my first solo vacation in over a decade). Clearly marked, “Open October 2016.” Given that the deadline had passed six months prior, I opened to see my dreams unfold.

Listed: to have found love; to be married with a child or one on the way; health; working part-time doing something that I love; security in myself; sober; have a dog and cat; feel happy.

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Why YOU Are the Hottest Date in Town

Date Yourself When was the last time that you asked yourself out? We live in a day where we are constantly connected to other people, our phones, social media, open floor plans at offices. If you’re single, you swipe right to meet someone. If you’re in a relationship, you’re synching your smartphone calendars to find a time that works.

It’s important to slow down the pace and have some time just for you. In my early 30s, I found myself single (again) and was given some of the best advice of my life – I was told to date myself. Mind-blowing.

Many of my relationships were doomed from the start because I was a stranger to myself. I hardly knew how to share my interests because I didn’t even know my own interests. Enter self. No one to hide behind or mold my interest to. What do I want for dinner? What movie would I like to see? What do I want to do?

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