THE DATING PROJECT #23. GRAND FINALE
Hurrah, it’s official. Lou Lou and Man #10 are now an item. The Dating Project team are all totally thrilled and we have our fingers crossed for happily ever afters.
So that’s it folks. We have decided to go out on a high, calling an end to the Dating Project after 23 weeks of tracking the bumpy adventures of our three wonderful women. We’ve all got to know each other very well in this process and will really miss our regular phone calls and email conversations as we caught up on the latest dating news. Thanks to all of you who came along for the ride.
It’s been a blast and we’ve all learnt a lot – particularly about how tough it can be to put yourself out there.
Lou Lou, Astrid and Eloise were a real inspiration in their valiant attempts to turn their wishbones into a backbone. It takes guts and resilience to keep picking yourself up after being slapped down and our team showed that in spades.
It’s paid off for Lou Lou and we have high hopes that our other two will get there in the end. Rob and I will continue to be there, barracking from the sidelines when they are ready to have another go.
But now it’s your turn. We hope we have inspired many of you to get involved in internet dating and my coaching service is available to help you get started.
Here’s our super-excited, wildly boasting Lou Lou, with her final words of wisdom…
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy! I have a boyfriend! I HAVE A BOYFRIEND!! WORLD, I HAVE A BOYFRIEND!!!
An actual living human being who won’t run for the hills, break out in a sweat, or collapse in the foetal position if I ever was to say, “Hey, everyone this is my boyfriend”.
He deftly takes the ‘boy’ out of boyfriend and bumps it up with unquestionable, indisputable, undeniable qualities of being a ‘man’.
Don’t worry, I’m not referring to a ‘man’s man’ here. There are no high fives or excessively loud burping, emotional constipation or a narrow-minded view of any food group that is not meat-related. I’m talking about a man who can tell me how he feels, who likes treating a woman well, and who can nurture, not quell a certain woman’s independence.
And guess what? I met him on the internet. Come on people. Look at me, I am giddily drunk on the Kool-Aid of Internet dating and the unexpected romance it brings.
Don’t you want to be one of those people too? Or would you like to think some more about it? That’s okay I won’t judge. I was one of those people too, remember? How long did it take to get my internet profile up, to kiss a guy, to go on a date? I was slower than Madonna’s aging process… It took a while, a long while.
So please accept my gentle nudges to get you not just over the line but more importantly online:
Gentle Nudge #1
As a single person wanting to meet someone in the real world, here’s how it is likely to unfold:
- You hook up with someone from work (Slightly problematic if it doesn’t work out. Plus you have to look hot 24/7)
- You meet someone in a bar (Slightly risky as you have beer or pinot grigio goggles to contend with the next day)
- You are set up on a blind date (Slightly corrosive to your ego when your friends set you up with a short, overweight bald man who can only talk about the merits of sourdough)
- You bump into someone in the supermarket, gym, or on the street… (Slightly delusional – when does that ever happen other than the movies??)
As you can see the options for meeting someone organically in the real world have their downsides. I’m not saying this can’t happen. I’m merely suggesting that internet dating might be a nice distraction while waiting for something magical in the real world.
Gentle Nudge #2
Get over the misconception that internet dating is littered with creeps and sex pests.
Reality check please in Aisle 7. The odd balls, serial gropers and clueless stalkers do not just exclusively operate online – they are everywhere! On the dance floor, by the bar, at your friend’s wedding, in the office… they know no boundaries. Their coverage is just as comprehensive as Telstra when it comes to establishing some form of connection with you. So I am vetoing this as a valid excuse.
Gentle Nudge #3
People who have already embarked on Internet dating rarely talk about this little gem… maybe it’s because they want to keep this ‘secret weapon’ to themselves.
Internet dating draws out your mojo. It can be as buried deep as Tom Cruise’s true self, but somehow internet dating effortlessly rekindles your sexy self.
Well, after several online interactions, you remember that special little flutter that comes from a few flirty exchanges. You remember how it feels to receive a compliment and let it swell up inside you for a few days. You remember some of the best bits about being a woman – we are cheeky, saucy, sassy minxes!
I’m using my final words in The Dating Project to reach out to all you single folk who are considering taking the plunge and implore you to dive in.
If nothing else you will have great stories to tell. And you might just meet someone who takes you to the brink of blissfully falling in love… I’m referring to me by the way! Man #10 makes me feel something I haven’t felt in a long time. And it feels good. Scary, but good. I’m so happy I found him.
So what are you waiting for? Your dreamboat could be online now!
We’ve coaxed Astrid to take a break from her ongoing family drama and offer her goodbyes…
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