MySingleFriend blog http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog Welcome to the mysinglefriend(r) blog, where you can stay up to date with MSF news, views and the odd pair of shoes. en-gb MySingleFriend Copyright 2015 FREE tickets to Diary of a Dating Addict! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/free-tickets-to-diary-of-a-dating-addict http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/free-tickets-to-diary-of-a-dating-addict MySingleFriend is all about supporting your friends, which is why we couldn’t wait to get involved when we heard Maddy was looking for some help in taking her search for a man international!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Diary of a Dating Addict FINAL poster(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 447px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;" /><br /> <strong>Maddy Anholt</strong> is a comedian with her own hilarious one-woman show, ‘Diary of a Dating Addict’. This year she’s taking things to the next level by performing her show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>**20 lucky MSF Members will get the chance to see this hilarious comedy for FREE on 24<sup>th</sup> July at the Museum of Comedy, London at 9.30pm**</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>To apply for tickets, email <a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com?subject=Ticket%20to%20'Diary%20of%20a%20Dating%20Addict'">press@mysinglefriend.com</a> with your full name and registered email address.</strong><br /> <br /> <br /> <em>The tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, and priority will be given to MSF subscribers. If you would like to go with a friend who is not a MySingleFriend member, they can purchase a ticket for the show</em>&nbsp;<a href="https://museumofcomedy.ticketsolve.com/shows/873532894?TSLVq=1bde947e-85ea-4cbc-b63e-c5cd084f3b09&amp;TSLVp=d989bd49-9b9b-4b1d-99ef-7899d194a566&amp;TSLVts=1433415350&amp;TSLVc=ticketsolve&amp;TSLVe=leicestersquare&amp;TSLVrt=Safetynet&amp;TSLVh=179d38b99412007fd2fc5a3a44c7c587">here.</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> More about Diary of a Dating Addict...<br /> <br /> With thirty fast approaching like the Grim Wrinkler, Maddy Anholt goes online to find the man of her dreams.&nbsp;In this outrageous one-woman comedy, Maddy reveals every hilarious detail&nbsp;of a whirlwind year of dating, mating and hating.<br /> <br /> Known for her “... effortless transformations... ” (British Comedy Guide), riotous characters and hysterical observations.<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3HnMn5ZMXSE?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="560"></iframe><br /> <br /> From 5<sup>th</sup> to 31<sup>st</sup> August at 1:30pm, Maddy will be relaying her latest dating exploits at <u>The Study in The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh.</u><br /> <br /> Maddy will also be bidding farewell to her London dating life in a series of comedy shows in July.<br /> <br /> If you are unable to make the 24<sup>th</sup> July and would like to see the show, buy a ticket to any of the other preview shows in London. Below are the additional dates...<br /> <br /> July 3<sup>rd</sup> – &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.etceteratheatre.com/details.php?show_id=2031" target="_blank">Etc Theatre, 7:30pm</a><br /> July 5<sup>th</sup> – &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/diary-of-a-dating-addict.html" target="_blank">Bread &amp; Roses Theatre, Clapham, 7:30pm</a><br /> July 9<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;- &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="https://system.spektrix.com/suttontheatres/website/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=43503">Charles Cryer Studio Theatre,Sutton. Double Bill with Tom Allen, 8pm</a><br /> July 10<sup>th</sup> – <a href="https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/diary-of-a-dating-addict-edinburgh-fringe-preview/" target="_blank">Hen &amp; Chickens Theatre, Islington, 7:30pm</a><br /> July 12<sup>th</sup> – <a href="http://komediabath.ticketsolve.com/shows/873533953/events?show_id=873533953" target="_blank">Komedia, Bath, Double Bill with Amy Howerska, 7.30pm</a><br /> July 24<sup>th</sup> – <a href="https://museumofcomedy.ticketsolve.com/shows/873532894" target="_blank">Museum of Comedy, 9:30pm</a><br /> July 26<sup>th</sup> – <a href="http://komediabrighton.ticketsolve.com/shows/873533012/events?show_id=873533012" target="_blank">Komedia, Brighton, &nbsp;Double Bill with Tom Allen, 7.30pm</a><br /> July 30<sup>th</sup> – <a href="http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events/comedy-festival-tom-allen-maddy-anholt" target="_blank">Cutty Sark Studio, Double bill with Tom Allen, 7:30pm</a><br /> <br /> Or head up to<a href="http://www.gildedballoon.co.uk/tickets/performances.php?eventId=14:852" target="_blank"> Edinburgh Fringe Festival between 5<sup>th</sup>-31<sup>st</sup> August (not 17<sup>th</sup>)</a> to see the show at the Gilded Balloon at 1.30pm.<br /> <br /> Follow Maddy at <a href="https://twitter.com/maddyanholt1" target="_blank">@MaddyAnholt1</a> or use the hashtag #AskMaddy to get humorous dating tips and advice.<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Michelle http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-michelle http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-michelle Meet our newest profile of the week, Michelle! She’s a pint size, adrenaline junkie who loves bungee jumping and Formula One. She lives for adventure and is looking for someone who shares her passion and loves to travel.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/michelle2.png" style="width: 300px; height: 515px; margin-left: 225px; margin-right: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what her friend Helen had to say about her...<br /> <br /> <em>“Dear Men of Oxford and the U.K.</em><br /> <br /> <em>I know what you are thinking.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Where HAS this little pocket rocket been hiding?!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Probably closely followed by ‘why is a hottie like this single?’&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Let me put your mind at rest.<br /> <br /> Despite not currently having a boyfriend, Michelle comes fully equipped for all your dating needs. She is an excellent conversationalist with a wicked sense of humor and a great rack to boot. She’s definitely what people in the business would call ‘girlfriend material’.<br /> <br /> Interested in a bit of arm candy but looking for a little more?&nbsp;<br /> <br /> We’ve got that!<br /> <br /> Michelle is slim, pretty and likes to take care of her appearance, but don’t let her looks and impeccable manners deceive you! Far from being a girly-girl, Michelle is very active and loves the outdoors. She regularly takes herself off hiking, cycling and running. Last year she took part in the Snowdon Xtreme Challenge with a team to raise money for the Intensive Care Foundation. They cycled and ran up Mount Snowdon (what?) and canoed across a lake, coming in a very respectable First place.<br /> <br /> This year she’s already traveled to Macau to jump of the world highest bungee jump and (having already completed a number of century rides), shes all set to take on the cycling challenge of her life when she will pedal over 1000 miles from lands end to John O Groats over 9 days for charity later this year.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> She’s also a Dietitian who loves to bake – so if you like a slice of cake along with your healthy lifestyle – you’re in luck.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Overall, if you make the cut the and have the pleasure of getting to know her, you’ll find Michelle to be polite and easy going, but that she’s also got a cheeky, wicked streak lying not so far beneath the surface.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> However, don’t take my word for it. Grow a pair, drop her a line and see for yourself!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/michelle3.png" style="width: 300px; height: 450px; margin-left: 225px; margin-right: 225px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqazfujqjqgtjq/admin/yes" target="_blank">Michelle’s full mysinglefriend.com profile here</a>, and why not send her a message?<br /> <br /> Mysinglefriend.com is all about helping your friends find dates, if you know someone who you think deserves to be Profile of the Week, email us at <a href="mailto:blog@mysinglefriend.com?subject=Profile%20of%20the%20Week%20Nomination">blog@mysinglefriend.com</a> and let us know!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Poppy & Alex http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-poppy--alex http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-poppy--alex Another week of liking, flirting and dating has gone by and we hope to have helped many MSFers make some great new connections. One couple who did just that a few years ago was Poppy and Alex!<br /> <br /> Poppy and Alex met on the site three years ago in May 2012 and recently got engaged on their summer holiday in Bali! Congratulations! They will be getting married next May, four years after meeting on mysinglefriend.com.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Poppy &amp; Alex2(1).jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 425px; margin-left: 190px; margin-right: 190px;" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> Story of their first date, written by Alex:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>“&nbsp;I had been on MSF for a couple of months and Poppy was fairly new to the site when after exchanging just a few brief and comical messages we arranged to go on our first date! </em><br /> <br /> <em>We arranged to meet outside Borough market after work. Poppy got immediately lost after exiting by the London Dungeons side, but a short phone-call and dodgy navigating later, we finally caught eyes of each other outside the Natwest bank! She was in a royal blue blouse with white trousers and heels (Poppy- I'm very impressed he remembers this!!)&nbsp;&nbsp;First stop was 'Black &amp; Blue' for wine and nibbles to share. Unfortunately when carrying the wine outside, we inadvertently choose the wet seats leaving Poppy with a wet bottom from the get-go. Luckily we both saw the funny side! </em><br /> <br /> <em>Next stop was 'The Rake' to sample cider and ales from around the world - It was so busy that a few rounds in we strangely found ourselves drinking cider in the rear car-park next to the overflowing bins, chatting to a Italian gentleman who drew scary clowns in a book, which he kept with him at all times. But unperturbed by the evening thus far we headed to quieter location - St Christopher's Inn - for a get to know each other chat. The hours just flew by, until Poppy realised she had missed her last train home and would need to get a taxi. I helped her hail a cab and pecked her good night. </em><br /> <br /> <em>When I got home, I text to say thank you for a fun evening and to find out if she wanted to do it again. Her reaction was unexpected when she had replied “I seriously doubt it will happen again. That taxi just cost me £60 pound'' Thankfully she was only joking and so after a few well chosen words, I convinced her to see me again that week…<br /> <br /> Three years later we've bought a house in Wimbledon and just became engaged on our summer holiday to Bali and planning our wedding for next May. Who would have thought it after such a disastrous first date! We’re so glad to have found each other and look forward to spending the remainder of our days together.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Poppy &amp; Alex.png" style="width: 400px; height: 543px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Congratulations to you both! We will be staying in touch with Poppy and Alex and are hoping to catch up with them after their wedding next May.<br /> <br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: George http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-george http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-george To help beat those Monday blues we’ve got another great MSF profile to share with you! This week’s chosen profile is George.<br /> <br /> George’s friend says he’s a foodie who is laid back, creative and intelligent; he’s the life and soul of the party and has always been enthusiastic about life.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/George2(1).png" style="width: 250px; height: 312px; margin-left: 250px; margin-right: 250px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what else Freya had to say about him:<br /> <br /> <em>“George is my best male friend and has been for ten years. He is great fun for crazy nights out but also for cooking me dinner and catching up on all the news. He came out to see me when I lived in Asia and we went to Hong Kong to the races which was lots of fun.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I lived with him and a couple of other friends for three years at university and he is a brilliant house mate - he cooks yummy food (he is a bit of a foodie) and is really laid back. Now he has his own swanky flat which I am really jealous of!<br /> <br /> George works in TV and has a real sense of adventure. He is tall and attractive - what's not to like!? He would really suit a girl who is fun, active, intelligent, independent and good natured.<br /> <br /> Every year we go as a group of friends to a music festival which George is always ready to be silly and have fun at as well as to enjoy the music. His family live in the countryside and are absolutely lovely - everybody loves them! In case you hadn't picked it up already I think he is totally wonderful.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/George1.png" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 250px; margin-right: 250px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If Freya’s description doesn’t have you sold...George also includes a list of pet hates on his profile which will help you get to know him a little bit better...<br /> <br /> <strong><em>George’s pet hates:</em></strong><br /> <br /> <em>Roquefort (why would anyone eat mould, that's just weird + it tastes of sick)<br /> Wasps (there's no point to them and they keep stinging me)<br /> Pigeons (has anyone else noticed all the one legged pigeons in London? I'm sure it's a vitamin deficiency from eating too much KFC)<br /> Smelly people on tubes (self explanatory)<br /> Queuing at the post office (who are all these people standing next to me?)</em><br /> <br /> <br /> So if you too hate Roquefort and pigeons, (or even if you don’t...) check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/ircxevjqbycx/admin/yes" target="_blank">George’s full profile here</a> and get in touch!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Tessa & Alex http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-tessa--alex http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-tessa--alex Happy Friday MSFers!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our favourite part of the day is when we open our inboxes to find success stories from happy couples who have met on the site, so we were thrilled to hear from Tessa and Alex when they got in touch to let us know that they were engaged! Tessa and Alex met on the site back in November 2013, and recently got married on 1<sup>st</sup> May this year! Congratulations!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Tessa &amp; Alex(2).png" style="width: 400px; height: 600px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /> <div style="text-align: right;"> &nbsp;<em>Photography by Anna-Marie</em></div> <br /> We asked Tessa about her experience on MySingleFriend.com and this is what she had to say:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>“I was that girl who swore I would&nbsp;never date online&nbsp;until one cocktail infused evening&nbsp;my friend signed me up to <a href="http://mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank">mysinglefriend.com</a>. The&nbsp;funny thing&nbsp;is that Alex originally got&nbsp;in contact with me&nbsp;because I accidentally made him a&nbsp;favourite instead of bookmarking him. It has been the best mistake I've ever made. We started writing to each other and eventually met for drinks and the rest is history.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>We had no friends in common so chances are we would not have met without MSF. Now, I tell all my single friends to give it a go.&nbsp;So favourite away and have fun in the meantime - we both only met nice people on MSF&nbsp;before meeting each other.”</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Congratulations again Tessa &amp; Alex! We are so happy to have played a part in the two of you meeting and we wish you endless happiness.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Cook together, stay together! *Competition* http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/cook-together-stay-together-competition http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/cook-together-stay-together-competition Doing an activity with your date, such as <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/How-Cooking-Together-Improves-Relationships-25799023">cooking together</a>, can help you both feel more connected, leading to a stronger bond and a happier relationship.&nbsp; Whether you’re a natural in the kitchen or you burn everything you make, cooking together allows you to share an experience that will help create memories.<br /> <br /> The end result doesn’t have to be Michelin-star quality, but it’s the experience of making it together that is important.&nbsp;Remember when Bridget Jones made blue soup and orange marmalade for her dinner guests? Luckily it was the effort she made that mattered, not the outcome...<br /> <br /> <u><strong>**Competition time!**</strong></u><br /> <br /> We’ve teamed up with <a href="http://www.personalise.co.uk/" target="_blank">Personalise.co.uk</a> to give one lucky winner a personalised chopping board!<br /> <br /> Perfect as a gift for your cooking partner or to keep for yourself, the winner will get to choose one of the 5 best selling styles to personalise with their own message.<br /> <br /> Prize: <a href="http://www.personalise.co.uk/chopping-boards">Personalised Chopping Board<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Custom Name Message Chopping Board Personalise_co_uk.png" style="width: 300px; height: 275px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Personalised Name Loves Name Chopping Board Personalise_co_uk.png" style="width: 300px; height: 274px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong>**To enter the draw to win this prize, here’s what you need to do:**</strong></u><br /> <br /> <br /> Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PersonaliseCoUk" target="_blank">@Personalisecouk</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/mysinglefriend" target="_blank">@MySingleFriend</a> on Twitter and tweet this line:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “@MySingleFriend @Personalisecouk Cook together, stay together!”<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> **For an&nbsp;<strong>exclusive 10% discount code</strong>&nbsp;on Personalise.co.uk – enter the discount code <strong>MSF10 </strong>at the checkout!**<br /> <br /> <br /> <em>The competition closes on</em>&nbsp;<strong><em>Wednesday 8th</em></strong>&nbsp;<strong><em>July</em></strong>&nbsp;<em>at 09.00am and the winner will be selected at random, and contacted within 3 working days to arrange delivery of the prize. All entrants consent to having their details shared with Personalise.co.uk. There is one prize to give away; the winner will get to choose from a selection of 5 styles to personalise.&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong>Here are just a few reasons why cooking together is a great idea...</strong></u><br /> <br /> <em><strong>It makes you communicate</strong> - </em>Sure it may be easier for one person to cook and the other clean up, but that’s not the point here. Following a recipe and navigating your way around a kitchen requires you to communicate and talk about how you’re going to approach the task, which is great for getting to know each other better.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://elitedaily.com/dating/couples-cook-together-stay-together/782404/"><em>Connect</em></a> </strong>as you cook you share an experience where you are both present, much more than watching a film together. The experience of doing an activity together is also more engaging than eating out at a restaurant, which will help you get to know each other better.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Learn from each other</strong> – </em>Cooking together is a great way to teach each other your favourite recipes and show each other what you like. It’s not about showing off or who is better, it’s about getting to know each other. If you’re not a natural in the kitchen and tend to stick to ready meals or eating out, cooking for your date shows you’re willing to try new things and take the time and effort to do something nice for them.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <em><strong>A little bit more about <a href="http://www.personalise.co.uk/" target="_blank">Personalise.co.uk</a></strong></em><br /> <br /> <div style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.2em;"> <em>The idea for Personalise.co.uk came in early 2013 after having received a handmade present from a relative which had our family name on, we realised that when it's got your name, a message or some other form of personalisation on a gift it makes it that extra bit special.<br /> <br /> So we decided that there needed to be a site that is dedicated to personalising gifts and so Personalise.co.uk was born.<br /> <br /> We are a company who specialise in creating personalised gifts for any occasion, whether it's your best friend's birthday and you want to buy them an engraved champagne flute with their age and name on, or your Grandparents anniversary and you want to buy them a gift to celebrate their anniversary with a message on, whatever it is we can personalise it for you.</em></div> <br /> GOOD LUCK!<br /> <br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Jess http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-jess http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-jess Hi MSFers, meet Jess, our newest profile of the week!<br /> <br /> She’s a budding chef who is always up for trying new things, whether it be hiking or painting – this girl is up for the challenge.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/jess2.png" style="width: 247px; height: 247px; margin-left: 250px; margin-right: 250px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what else her friend Lidia had to say about her...<br /> <br /> <em>“Just like YouTube sensation 'Hot Salsa Dog,' Jess is the gift that keeps on giving. And like this pup, she is rhythmically well co-ordinated, a latino at heart and downright makes you laugh. Two of these statements are false.&nbsp;<br /> Hot dogs make me think of food, which seamlessly brings me to my next point - this girl can cook. Nay. She has a Midas touch when it comes to gastronomy. And she's always up for a culinary challenge; making everything possible from scratch.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> In fact, Jess has interesting hobbies from all woks of life (sorry). She's a gym bunny and always up for getting up and trying out new things (most recently, hiking). She's also basically what would happen if Van Gogh and Simon Amstell had a love child - a great painter and currently lending her hand to comedy writing. But that ain't where she gets her Monet...(she's probably regretting choosing me to write this now). Jess is incredibly bright. She excelled at uni and has since worked her way up the ranks in the world of Innovation Consultancy.<br /> <br /> I've known Jess for nearly 7 years and can definitely see why she has so many good friends. She can laugh at herself and make others laugh plenty too. She's just genuinely great to be around. Like Hot Salsa Dog, Jess doesn't take herself too seriously, wouldn't hurt a fly and knows how to make people smile. All these statements are true.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/jess1.png" style="width: 400px; height: 285px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If you’d like to know more about Jess, check out her <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqazhshsirjqjq/admin/yes" target="_blank">full profile here</a> and get in touch!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Online Dating Profile Mistakes http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/online-dating-profile-mistakes http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/online-dating-profile-mistakes Online dating is one of the easiest and fastest ways to meet someone new. I know of so many people that have met and married their partners by finding them online. So, if you're serious about finding love too, don't let these common mistakes ruin your chances by making potential partners click NEXT!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Paid-online-dating1.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong><u>I never thought I'd be doing this but here I am!</u></strong><br /> <br /> Get over it already! Seriously? You're <em>still</em> embarrassed about using online dating? This might have been understandable 20 years ago, but these days, in the social media age where people live off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like, it's really <strong>not a big deal</strong> that you're using online dating. I think I would be safe in saying that these days, amongst the single population, if you're <strong>not</strong> using online dating, you're in the minority.<br /> <br /> Saying <em>I never thought I'd be doing this</em> is a really cliché sentence. There are <strong><em>so</em></strong> many profiles that begin in this way and could easily cause someone to skip over your profile when they're in a rush to a more interesting opener. What also happens when you begin your profile by writing <em>I never thought I'd be doing this</em> is that you're insulting everyone that reads your profile because you are implying that they are the sad desperate loser that <strong><em>you</em></strong> think <strong><em>you</em></strong> are. But you're <strong>not</strong> a loser. If you're doing something pro-active to find a partner, you're an <strong>action taker!</strong> And we all <em>love</em> people that take action. So do yourself a favour and <strong>delete</strong> that line in your profile right now and come up with a more <em>positive and engaging opening line.</em><br /> <br /> <strong><u>Negativity e.g. Don't get in touch if you're ....</u></strong><br /> <br /> Another profile turn off is filling your profile with negativity and angry feelings. For example:<br /> <br /> <strong>DO NOT message me if you are stuck up, lazy, a gold digger, bitches about others, loves herself, and acts like a princess.</strong><br /> <br /> How does this person sound? Not great, right? Nobody wants to date someone with such a chip on their shoulder.<br /> If you're worried about attracting the wrong type of person, then you need to write in your profile what you DO want. Start focusing on what you want in a partner and you'll soon find that the Law of Attraction kicks into gear and people that meet your criteria will starting filling up your inbox!<br /> <br /> <strong><u>Use of text language and grammar</u></strong><br /> <br /> OK, 4 startrz nobody hz 2 stiK 2 160 caractRs n a txt msg anymore, &amp; thx 2 autocorrect, tym iz not an issU eithR.<br /> Can you imagine having to read 200 words of the above? Potential dates will take one look at this and click <strong><em>next</em></strong>. If you really want to use <strong>text</strong> language, use it in a <strong>text</strong> <strong>message</strong>, anywhere else is simply not appropriate. Some people may not understand what you're trying to write, and others will think you can't be bothered to take the time to &nbsp;write a profile summary, which may then translate to: <strong>Can't b botherd w u eithR. </strong><br /> <br /> Worse, yet, they'll think you have a poor command of the English language and can't spell!<br /> <br /> That brings me onto the second part of this section, a profile littered with spelling and grammar mistakes will also say all of the above: that you are lazy, can't be bothered, cannot spell and have poor grammar.<br /> <br /> If this is genuinely an issue, get someone to proof read your profile, or just admit it in your profile. It's a stronger, more self-aware and consequently more attractive person that can admit their weaknesses.<br /> Failure to acknowledge this weakness is more likely to count against you.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/A-mom-online-why-we-spend-so-much-time-in-the-web_2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong><u>Not writing enough, or not writing anything</u></strong><br /> <br /> Another sign of a person unwilling to put in the effort is the person that barely writes anything on their profile apart from 3 or 4 lines. When you consider how many thousands of people there are on online dating websites, you have to be prepared to stand out from the crowd. Stay away from writing profile lines like:<br /> <br /> <strong>"I'm a down to earth person that's looking for love. Work in I.T and enjoy my job. Based in London, I like bars, restaurants and socialising with friends, all the usual stuff".</strong><br /> <br /> As well as being too short, this is also <em>way too</em> general. Nearly everyone considers themselves to be down to earth or easy going.&nbsp; And after all, who is going to describe themselves as being uptight in an online profile? In addition, generic descriptions like this don't stand out against all the other people that like the <strong><em>usual stuff.</em></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>"Will fill this in later".</strong><br /> <br /> And when someone checks your profile a month later and it's still not filled in ...... &nbsp;the chances of getting a date are slim.<br /> <br /> <strong>"Will tell you more if we meet".</strong><br /> <br /> This is only sufficient for your online dating profile if you are George Clooney or Heidi Klum because then you have no need for words...<br /> Seriously though, if you're lucky enough to have A-list looks, do you really want to attract someone that is only interested in your appearance and nothing else? If you're just looking for a bit of fun, that's fine, <strong><em>but if you're looking for love</em></strong>, then you need to be ready to make some <strong><em>serious effort</em></strong>, because relationships that last are based on more than just sexual attraction.<br /> <br /> <strong><u>Not using good quality photos or not using any!</u></strong><br /> <br /> It's scary putting photos of yourself online, believe me, I know. Even I hid behind the password protection feature during my first foray into online dating. Although, I think it's fine not to put a photo up in the first 2 or 3 weeks of registering to a site, while you feel it out and decide whether you want to pay for your membership or not, remember, people with photos get up to 10x more response than people that don't.<br /> <br /> When trawling through hundreds of profiles online, profiles without photos are more likely to be overlooked, because the eye is naturally attracted to <strong>images</strong> and it's the first thing that is displayed at the top of everyone's profile, so a good quality photo is a must, <strong>if</strong> you want to have success in online dating. Furthermore, remember this is online dating NOT blind dating.<br /> <br /> As well as not having a photo, avoid using blurry images, red-eye, selfies in the mirror, side profiles and photos where your face is so tiny, potential dates can hardly make you out. Remember this, if you get to the date stage, or what I like to call Date Zero, what you're really doing is checking that the other person is who he/she claims to be online and moreover, looks like their profile photo. Therefore, you need to have a photo where someone can actually see what you look like in the first place.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;So, if you're struggling to find online success, take a look at your profile again and make sure yours doesn't contain any of these classic online dating profile mistakes.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <em>This post was written by Jenah Parmar.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Jenah Parmar small(2).jpg" style="width: 220px; height: 314px; float: right;" />Jenah Parmar is a Life Coach and Dating Coach that helps single people&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">get the life they really want!</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">She specialises in coaching marriage-minded singles find the type of&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">relationship</strong><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">they really want</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">. She helps them discover where they have been going wrong and reveals to them the skills they need for future dating success. Her mission is to help clients become more confident, less frustrated and empowered as they make a fresh start in their journey to finding a long-term relationship.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">As a Life Coach, Jenah offers a&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">w-holistic&nbsp;</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">approach by helping single people get their&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">whole</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;life in order. She coaches individuals on a range of areas such as work/life balance, career, diet, health and confidence, to name but a few.&nbsp; When you improve one area of your life, it has a knock-on effect on everything else, including your love life!</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Connect with Jenah and receive your free e-courses: The 5 Steps You Need To Take To Ensure Dating Success and 10 Life-changing Lessons&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">www.datingandlifecoaching.com&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Have a look at her pages and follow her on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenah-Parmar/1546525912244711" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">Facebook</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/lifedatingtips" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">Twitter</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.google.com/+Datingandlifecoaching" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">Google +</a></em><br /> <br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Paul http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-paul http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-paul Happy Monday MSFers! We hope you had a lovely weekend making the most of the sunshine!<br /> <br /> This week we’re introducing you to Paul, a rugby-loving advertising guru living in London.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/paulprof(1).png" style="width: 249px; height: 248px; margin-left: 250px; margin-right: 250px;" /><br /> <br /> Here is what his friend Nick had to say about him...<br /> <br /> <em>“This is a bit of tough one. Not because Paul is a contender for the Undateables, in fact quite the opposite - but purely because there's a lot to be said for the guy and a few paragraphs seems to be short changing him somewhat!&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <em>Here's a guy who's passionate about his work, he's an 'ad man' and responsible for some of tv's best (and worst! - anyone remember the Enzo Calzaghe Coral ad? Yep, thanks Paul). He's on track with a barnstorming career and as it happens a lot of the time with Paul, all started with a rugby ticket and huge stroke of luck - a story definitely worth hearing when he takes you for a glass of wine or a whiskey old fashioned!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Hailing from shores about 8000 miles south on London, you'll be spending time with a class gentleman and a great </em><em>believer in manners and values. I would imagine if you're dating this guy, you'll be enjoying every hidden gem on the gastronomic </em><em>and drinks map of London from michelin star to street food, high ball cocktails to plastic cups. Plenty of outdoor activity on the cards too, Paul's a regular on 'Borrow my Doggy' and always uses his free time to get out and about and try new things, travel new places and sample new ways to drink rum.&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <em>Having had a promising rugby career cut short by injury, Paul's still a regular in the gym and loves a good bike ride and looks after himself. His dancing is questionable as are a few of his hipster shirts and Rupert the bear scarf but I'm conscious not to build the pedestal too high so I've got to bring him back down within reach somehow don't I?&nbsp;<br /> <br /> As a friend, Paul's the person who's always happy to give up his own time for you. He's honest, incredibly grounded, hilariously funny and one of the most positive and engaging individuals you'll meet. He's surrounded by good people, comes from a great family and is nice to animals and old people - what more can I say?”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/paul3.png" style="width: 320px; height: 306px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/paul1.png" style="width: 330px; height: 216px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;" /></em><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If Nick’s description has left you wanting to know more about Paul, check out his <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqazhshsgtdwjq/admin/yes">full profile here</a>. Why not get in touch and find out how a huge stroke of luck and rugby ticket started his career?<br /> <br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Dating after divorce http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/dating-after-divorce http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/dating-after-divorce When we said our vows, it’s unlikely we imagined ourselves back out there dating again. We were no doubt happy to leave that side of life behind us. However, life changes, people change and we find ourselves single once more.<br /> That was me following a 20 year marriage. I was 45, divorced and a single parent to three children. Once I’d healed I turned to online dating to meet guys, for fun, for dating and finally to find a new partner. Now 52, happily with a guy I met online almost 3 years ago my life is very different.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/shutterstock_149160512.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 279px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here are 8 tips and advice I learned along the way...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>There</strong><strong>’</strong><strong>s no rush</strong> - it’s so important to take this at your own pace, only you know when you’re ready. And it’s worth waiting until that time. It’s vital to be ready emotionally, to have grieved and let go of your past relationship before you move on. Friends may well urge you to get back out there dating, they will say this in good faith but really listen to your gut instinct.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Learn to love yourself</strong> - before we get back out there dating again we need to take a look at ourselves. Before we can begin to think about falling in love again or allowing someone to love us we need to fall in love with ourselves first. Yes, we need to be able to look in the mirror and love the person we see looking back at us.&nbsp; We must be able to see through the superficial flaws we see. The extra pounds or the greying hair or the wrinkles aren’t who we are. Loving yourself…might sound a bit new agey but it’s vital. How can you expect someone to fall in love with you if you don’t show yourself love?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Look after yourself</strong> - take this time to get back on track. Make eating well and exercise a priority. We always feel better about ourselves when we’re making the right decisions. Knowing how to look after ourselves well , treating ourselves with self-respect are attractive traits.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Have a positive outlook</strong> - things might very well have been tough during your divorce. It’s never easy, I know that. But, no one likes a victim so don’t do that. Same with bad-mouthing your ex. Just don’t! Be someone you’d go on a date with. Be someone whose outlook on life is positive and future focussed.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Leave your baggage at the door</strong> - we’ve all got baggage and by the time you’ve been through divorce you’ll have gathered some more. However, work through your personal issues with a counsellor or a <a href="http://www.rebperkins.com/">coach</a> before you begin dating. You want to leave the past in the past.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Update your life </strong>- get yourself a new haircut, have a style makeover, find a new sport or fitness plan you enjoy, how about a new hobby or something you used to love doing years ago. Your new love isn’t going to come knocking when you’re on the sofa, you need to get outside and do things.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Have an irresistible dating profile</strong> - so many singles are now finding love online, there are new websites and apps appearing daily. This is great news, it means there is a lot of choice, it’s also means that it’s important to stand out. So make sure you have an <a href="http://www.irresistibledating.co.uk/">outstanding dating profile</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Enjoy the process</strong> - we can go from excited to despondent very quickly online dating. Patience is required! Some people treat their dating life almost like another job…not something I recommend! Enjoy chatting online, have fun meeting up with different people. It might lead to something or it might not. Don’t take things personally, we’re all at different stages. <em>Have fun!</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <em><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Rebecca Perkins stephen cotterell photography 10650.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 270px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" />This post was written by Rebecca Perkins.<br /> <br /> Rebecca Perkins is the author of “Best Knickers Always: 50 Lessons for Midlife”. and founder of <a href="http://rebperkins.com/">RebPerkins.com</a>. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio London. She regularly writes for the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-perkins/">Huffington Post.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> She began writing to make sense of her life after the ending of her 20-year marriage. She is passionate about midlife as a time for renewal and for living the second half of life with enthusiasm and vigour.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Rebecca trained as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner and Coach; she works closely with clients, guiding them to make often profound changes to their lives. She is a talented and dedicated midlife coach, a role model for those wishing to make substantial positive changes in their lives.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Rebecca finds energy in inspiring others. 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Meet Victoria!<br /> <br /> Victoria has recently moved back to London after living abroad and travelling around the world at every opportunity.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/vicki2(1).png" style="width: 251px; height: 250px; margin-left: 250px; margin-right: 250px;" /><br /> <br /> She really needs no introduction as her friend did such a great job of describing her, and since she knows her a little better than we do, we will let Claire do the rest of the talking...<br /> <br /> <em>“Introducing Vicki – my marathon-running, globe-trotting, book-loving, risk-taking best friend who I’ve known for (gulp) over 25 years.</em><br /> <br /> <em>Vicki is one intelligent gal but don’t let those brunette locks fool you – she’s known to have a few blonde moments every now and then, much to both her and my amusement!<br /> <br /> With a passion for travel, yet not necessarily to your typical tourist destinations, she’s already scratched off a hefty chunk of countries on her World Scratch Map, probably helped by her spending 4 years living in Singapore and spending many a weekend venturing off to some exotic island at the drop of a hat. 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