19 Sep 2012

Here I go … again

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After a 13 year hiatus from the dating world, I’m about to reenter it.

In case there’s a reader who doesn’t know me, I’m recently single — after a 13 year relationship (8 years of marriage). And just like everyone else in my shoes, I didn’t think I’d ever date again — but here I am.

And since I’m here, I might as well as make the most of it. With my 40th birthday just around the corner, I’ve been inspired by the milestone. While brainstorming blog themes with my friend Mai on a drive to Lake Louise, I came up with the idea of “fortyfirstdates.” The goal is as simple as the domain name: go on 40 first dates and perfect my dating skills!

What happens if I like someone and want to go out with him again? Then I’ll go out on a second date and will probably blog about it — but it won’t count toward the 40.

Will I use real names? No. I will disguise names to protect the innocent, and even the not so innocent. The only exception is if I find out they are married, but “forget” to disclose their current status. Then I’ll happily publish their names.

Other than that, I don’t know what to expect! But I’m feeling ready-ish.

I couldn’t have made it this far without the help of a few talented friends: Chris created the stylish logo, which I heart; Hope helped write and edit my entries for my Match profile (I enjoyed shocking her with my very low standards) and Mai took flattering photos and created this blog. Jean, Allison, Susan and many others have been extremely supportive, enabling me to take baby steps forward. It takes a village, right?

Let the dating begin!
Julie in Seattle