As a something single mom with a wide circle of friends, financial stability and fulfilling career as a marriage therapist, I encountered more villains than heroes in my quest for happily ever after. That is until I tried a few of the following ideas listed below and found my own knight in shining armor.
Are you over 40 and in a dating rut? Add the difficulties everyday life presents and dating becomes more of a chore than a pleasure. Swim to the top of the dating pool at the swank Caliza Restaurant in Alys Beach. All you need to do is get out there and have fun. Married Friends Sometimes a friend knows you better than you know yourself, at least when it comes to picking a mate. Every married person on the planet has a single friend or two tucked away that they would love to fix up, so why not ask yours for help?
Then beg, I mean, ask them to arrange an introduction. Chemistry will take care of the rest. Use Animal Attraction Never underestimate the power of a pet. Take your pooch to the Niceville Dog Park on a pretty Saturday morning or HarborWalk Village, which is not only dog friendly — you and your pet can both catch a bite to eat.
Be bold and smile at the cutie with the terrier and then ask about his or her favorite brand of puppy treats. You may find a canine connection with your potential mate. You may get the opportunity to ask the person in aisle three which spaghetti sauce tastes better.
That prospect in the Mercedes could present an opportunity, especially if you take the chance and strike up a conversation on the price of gas. Location, Location, Location Most somethings and beyond learned early in their dating career how to navigate the ins and outs of the club scene.
However, there are a few chic, fashionable and tasteful locations to meet other like-minded singles. If this is your venue of choice, consider a place that is cozy and comfortable, with a warm atmosphere that caters to a quiet setting — which can be perfect for practicing those flirting skills.
Looking for something a little more casual? Want to meet the tourists? Just remember, the tourists will eventually have to go home. Class, elegance and exotic atmosphere a must? Then Caliza Restaurant in Alys Beach is where you want to be. Sit poolside and people watch while enjoying a sinful foodie experience. Good conversation, not to mention service, can be found at Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach.
Newly opened is the V Restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach, which boasts indoor and outdoor seating perfect for watching the world go by. Send your waiter over with an invitation for coffee written on your business card. Find this group on Meetups. Ladies, take a few golf lessons.
Give yoga a try. Feed your soul and your stomach at All One Yoga and Wellness Center, which offers a variety of classes and nutritional food — the perfect combination of indulgence and a healthy lifestyle.
You just might find your soul mate on the mat across the room at Yoga by the Sea in Destin. Check out the Art and Design Society, Studio b. Enrich your sense of style and meet a new friend by asking their opinion on a painting or sculpture. Common connections are great ways to build a new relationship. Throw a Mixer Ask everyone who attends to bring a single friend of the opposite sex along.
Your married friends should bring two, one of each gender. Give a prize for the person who brings the most single friends. Voila — a room full of new potential dates. Available might be reaching for the same celery stick.
When you see someone interesting, give your prospective love interest a FlipMe card. On the other is a website where they can leave you a message. This is a clever way to break the ice without feeling publicly rejected. This method has the added bonus of safety, giving you the chance to navigate getting to know someone online before heading out on your first date. You can start your own group or join an existing one. Find all your nightlife entertainment options, ranging from bars to concerts and special events.
Think Outside the Box In order to meet singles, , and year-olds need to do the unexpected. The ever-popular sporting event can provide some fun and a chance to meet like-minded singles.
Be brave and start a conversation. You have nothing to lose except another lonely Saturday night sitting at home. As always, use common sense and be safety-conscious when dating. Single people are everywhere. Make that chance encounter happen by looking beyond the typical places for that someone special. Step outside your comfort zone. You just might end up with your very own happily ever after.