Where Did I Find 50 Men?
My book, Fifty First Dates After Fifty, shows that going on first dates with 50 different men made dating more enjoyable and led to my perfect partner. But you might wonder—how did I come up with 50 men*?
Creating a pool of men to choose from
Dating is a numbers game – the more people you go out with, the more likely you will find the right partner for you. To create a pool of fifty (see previous post for Why 50 First Dates?), I looked for places where I could meet a variety of men, practice relationship skills, and develop friendships as well as find one special man. While cities have the most opportunities for meeting people, the four types of places I used can be found anywhere to some extent, either in-person or online:
- °Online dating
Online dating provides a big pool to choose from. It is worth joining just to create an online profile—specifying who you are and the type of person you want. This gives you a vision that will guide your whole dating journey, whether or not you connect with anyone online. Many people have found partners online. I found eight dates.
- Activities you love
Live the life you want to lead with or without a partner—join groups and do activities that you love. Get to know the men there. For me, that meant Sierra Club hikes, meditation nights at retreat centers, dances, spiritual gatherings, and professional organizations. If these groups had singles events, I attended. However, any group with a mix of singles and couples will do, as long as it is something you enjoy doing, and it includes the type of men you want to date. I found eleven dates this way.
- Being open wherever you are
Be open to meeting men wherever you are. I met one in a real estate seminar. Another at a photography exhibit. Five were referrals from friends. Nine dates came from just being open.
- Best place of all: relationship workshops!
If you want to find a man who is interested in forming a loving relationship, attend workshops on creating loving relationships! What a high-quality pool of men to meet, become friends with, and possibly date—men who are working on improving their relationships! I found almost half my dates there.
It was not just the workshops, but the community around them that was the source of dates. When I took my first relationship workshop, I stepped into a large community of people who had done the workshops in previous years. They put on local parties and gatherings, where we practiced what we’d learned—clear communication, self-love, and appreciation for others. By the time I started dating, I knew dozens of men, many of them single, who I would want to date or be friends with. I had also developed my dating and relationship skills. These types of workshops, both in-person and online, can be found all around the U.S. and world. The two I recommend are on my website under Dating Resources.
Finding my partner
And the partner I found? I met him doing an activity I loved and learned that he had attended similar workshops. Our common training in communication, self-love, and appreciation gave us the basis not only for dating, but for our relationship, now over 10 years and going strong.
Where have you found people to date? Where would you like to look? Share in comments!
Goals of this blog
I want to inspire women, especially midlife and older women, to enjoy dating and find the right partner for them; model being sexual in our 50s and beyond for those who want that; and encourage all women to be brave, in dating, or in any part of their life. Thanks for joining me on this journey!
*I was looking for a male partner, but this method could be used for searching for a partner of any gender.