Another suggestion is to tell your friends and family, "I'm single. I would like to meet somebody. Do you know anybody?" You can get fabulous referrals through your friends and family. There is always somebody you know who wants to play matchmaker!
If you don't make it known that you are looking to meet someone, people don't know that. It Is a safe way to meet somebody, and you would be able to get some good background information from them. It's very important with to let people know up front what kind of relationships you are looking for. Is it companionship, physical, short-term or long-term? It keeps people from getting their feelings hurt. It's just a mature, gracious thing to communicate with them. To be respectful to that other person so that they don't misunderstand your intentions.
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If you are dating for fun, for recreation, for the social activities, just tell him something like" "I'm not interested in a long-term, committed relationship right now. If that doesn't work for you, then we just need to part ways and good luck to you. I've enjoyed the time that we spent together." If you don't know how to communicate this, write out a script and work it until the words are comfortable for you.
Don't continue to date someone that you know is not your ideal match. You're wasting everybody's time and dating is a process of discovery. You're going to date a lot of men who are not going to be your ideal partner before you find your true love, if that's your objective.
When you finally decide that you want to meet, the first thing is safety. If it's a first date, drive separately. Meet him at a public place for coffee. Coffee is good because typically it won't last over an hour. Within an hour, you're going to get a feel and use your good woman's intuition to know if it's someone that you would like to see again or if they're just not what you were looking for.Tell your friends and family where you're going before you meet this person. Give them a number that you can be reached at.
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Know your boundaries before you get there. What conversations are you comfortable discussing? How are you going to end the event? Are you going to have a handshake? Do you want a hug? What if he tries to kiss you? You need to be prepared and know your boundaries about that and just simply say, "I would like to end this with a hug," or "I would like to end this with a handshake." You really have to be assertive about your boundaries. Keep reading ...