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The Woman Behind the Matchmaker
As a woman who has navigated the single's scene well into her 30's, I come from an, "Ugh, I've been there," approach to dating. Since my twenties, I have aimlessly wandered down roads that I hoped would lead me to love.
Fresh out of college, I eagerly handed over my hard-earned pennies to a hungry matchmaking company who restored my hope of meeting "the right one" for "the right price." (It has since gone out of business, and I learned the woman I met wasn't even the matchmaker!?)
Broke and still on the market, I flirted with online dating before it was cool to admit. One six-week marriage, five years of a toxic relationship, one catfish, and three stalkers later, I found myself contacting old flames because at least I knew they were "normal" commitment-phobes.
I practiced my five second stare at country bars and wine tastings, attended church gatherings for reasons that had nothing to do with God, entertained blind dates, and read far too many how-to books that promised to reveal the secrets of attraction and successful relationships.
I even went to therapy to fix my character flaws; after all, what else but my own inadequacies could explain my inability to sustain a healthy relationship? So I did my inner work, learned to accept myself and my singleness, and finally let go of the old to make room for the new.
I share this because I want you to know that I can relate. I swallowed the jagged little pills of hopelessness, loneliness, and boredom that can be a very real part of singleness. I played the part of the girl who could never be alone, even if the price meant becoming someone she wasn't.
As a matchmaker, relationship mentor, and a person who has undergone a lot of "core" work, I understand now that you will never recognize, let alone accept, someone who will give you lasting love until you find and accept your authentic self first.
I always say that I earned my way to lasting love, which I finally found at the ripe old age of 36. Surrounded by family and friends, I married my best friend and am now living my life with a wonderful partner by my side.
Since the curtain has fallen on the single stage of my life, I have continued to think of those deserving individuals still sitting in the audience.
Through my experience working with countless singles, I have heard my fair share of limiting belief systems. Before you utter the mantra, "All the good ones are taken," one more time - consider this:
If you have a desire in your heart for a life partner, your desire exists because that person exists. The stirrings of your heart are there for a reason, so do not ignore them or silence them with excuses.
Never, ever, ever give up. "Love waits for one thing, the right moment." It is just a matter of time before the details of your love story finally unfold. Until then...
Use your singleness as a time to confront and embrace yourself. Become self-aware, self-accepting & self-loving. Learn what you stand for and what you won't ever stand for. Then, search intelligently and selectively for your partner.
Have the faith that if you keep putting yourself out there with an open heart and an open mind, it will happen. Your unwavering belief will attract the lasting love you deserve.
Once it touches your soul, I promise you will never regret the journey you walked to find it.
Your friend and mentor in love,
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