Is it Meant2Be? Tips from our relationship coach

Is it Meant2Be?
In 'Is it Meant2Be', we discuss the changes in dating with our expert Karen Ann, the Meant2Be Relationship Coach.
Is it Meant2Be?

In Is it Meant2Be?, we discuss the changes in relationships and dating with our expert Karen Ann of Meant2Be Relationship Coaching.
For better or worse, the pandemic took a toll on most parts of life. That, of course, included dating – how and with whom we could safely spend our time.

Making matters more complicated is how technology has revolutionized the dating landscape. Dating Apps have made looking for love into a game, with users racking up matches like Pac-Man points. But what about those who genuinely want to find a partner and start a healthy relationship? The answer might be: be more mindful.

5 Tips on Mindful Dating

1. Figure out what you want in a partner.

Is it Meant2Be?

Before you even open up an app or log into a dating site, consider what you want in a mate, focusing on their character and personality and not on their physical traits.
Also, think about what type of relationship you want. Are you looking for something long-term that leads to marriage? Or something more short-term? And don’t be afraid to be honest about what you’re looking for on your profile. The more you reflect on what you want, the easier it will be to spot among that sea full of fish.

2. Avoid those yes/no questions.

Is it Meant2Be?

You want to understand the person behind the profile better, so ask thought-provoking questions. Try not to be rude or intrusive, but feel free to ask interesting questions beyond the usual chitchat. This rule applies to first-date convos, too. If you’re passionate about a topic and looking for a like-minded mate, ask about it over drinks.

3. Check in with yourself and ask - 'Is it Meant2Be?'

Is it Meant2Be?

Sometimes we’re so worried about impressing the person sitting across from us that we lose sight of how we feel. Do you even like this person? Or are you consumed with the idea of them liking you? This might not be clear until after the date, so it’s good to check in with yourself and consider how you feel. Are you experiencing butterflies because you’re into them or because they make you feel anxious? Learn how to spot the difference because how you feel should decide how you spend your time.

4. Put a Priority on Having Fun

Make having Fun your focus. By pursuing activities you enjoy and putting yourself in new environments, you’ll meet new people who share similar interests and values. Even if you don’t find someone special, you will still have enjoyed yourself and maybe forged new friendships.

Is it Meant2Be?

Volunteer for a favourite charity, animal shelter, or political campaign. Or even try a volunteer vacation
Take an extension course at a local college or university.
Sign up for dance, cooking, or art classes.
Join a running club, hiking group, cycling group, or sports team.
Join a theatre group, film group, or attend a panel discussion at a museum.
Find a local book group or photography club.
Attend local food and wine tasting events or art gallery openings.
Be creative: Write a list of activities available in your area and, with your eyes closed, randomly put a pin in one, even if it’s something you would never normally consider. How about pole dancing, origami, or lawn bowling? Getting out of your comfort zone can be rewarding in itself.

5. Nurture Your Budding Relationship

Is it Meant2Be?

Finding the right person is just the beginning of the journey, not the destination. In order to move from casual dating to a committed, loving relationship, you need to nurture that new connection.

Meet Karen Ann The Meant2Be Relationship Coach

Is it Meant2Be?

Consider talking with Karen Ann, our Relationship Coach, for the best approach available. As a coach, Karen Ann will partner with you to create that vision of your future, defining what your non-negotiables are in a relationship, determining your boundaries and much more.
Unlike a therapist, Karen helps you move forward by enabling you to take control of your life, determine your goals, and develop an action plan that works.

And then ask yourself, ‘Is it Meant2Be?’

Is it Meant2Be?

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses

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