Turned out, dating as a divorced 35-year-old was a great way to pass the time until I felt ready for a relationship again.
Behold the 16 stages of my journey, illustrated with GIFs featuring sassy women.
Are you aware of your role in the marriage’s demise?
And, have you made as much peace as possible with your ex and the divorce?
Whether it's been one year or six since the divorce decree, you may never know with absolute clarity that you're truly ready for another relationship.Divorce is one of the most traumatic events we go through, and when we reach the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel," many of us feel that little spring in our step and start to think about dating again.So how can you start off on the right foot when you're just beginning to dip your toes back into the dating pool?Dating from a place of anger doesn’t usually lead to good choices.Don’t skip the counseling sessions — they will help tremendously down the road. We do what is comfortable instead of what is right. Still, it can be intimidating to re-enter the world of dating.Need a little encouragement before you take that plunge? It sounds like trite advice, but it’s worth following: Don’t date until you’re ready to date. If you’re serious about finding love again, make sure you understand where you are in the healing process.You just nibbled through an entire bar of dark chocolate. You are "out there" again, and the dating world has changed a lot since the eighties. Put down the chocolate; it really isn't so bad out there. The last time you had a first date, you wore jackets with shoulder pads and permed your hair.But it's also tough, she adds, because once you're on the dating scene you can feel like a teenager again, in that shaky, unconfident, not-sure-if-he'll-call sort of way.So how can you make post-divorce dating—whether you're looking for a good time or a good (relationship-minded) man—less daunting?