Single Girl Challenge
It was a gorgeous day in Central Park, and Amanda, a 28-year-old New Yorker, was taking a walk. Suddenly, the site of a couple holding hands caused her to burst into tears and reminded her of the one issue that's taken control of her life. "I spend 99.9% of the time thinking about finding Mr. Right," she admits. She's posted her profile on three dating Web sites, scopes out possibilities at the gym, and goes on a ton of first dates. "But I hardly get called back for a second date and I start questioning myself," she says. "I worry that I'm running out of time. Where is Mr. Right?"
Rachael's got two surprises for Amanda. First, she's surrounded her with 20 other single girls to show her that she's not alone. They share her fears and concerns.
"I miss the companionship," says Joanne. "I travel a lot to Europe and see all these great things and have no one to share them with!"
"All my friends are dating or married and I have to do everything by myself," admits Lori.
Rachael's second surprise for Amanda is that instead of helping her find Mr. Right, she's challenging Amanda and the other single girls to go on a "Dating Drought."
"Before I got married, I had 36 years of experience as a single girl," Rachael tells them. "I put men way down on the list, and life and work and having fun way up high. I bet if you don't date for 90 days, you'd be better at your job, have a new hobby or two and be even more sparkling and entertaining. You're going to bring out the best part of you and maybe find the right kind of guy instead of just a guy."
During the 90-day Challenge, Rachael offers these suggestions for handling events alone:
• At a restaurant, sit at the bar instead of a table. You can order dinner there and people don't think it's weird if you talk to other people at the bar.
• When you're in the park, play with some stranger's dog rather than focusing on other couples. Look every day for opportunities to smile rather than to be miserable.
Rachael gets Amanda started on the challenge by helping her remove her profile from the dating Web sites, and by giving her a package full of movie and theatre tickets...all for one! And Rachael has a few final words of wisdom for her:
"For the next 90 days, just really think about you! Really, how many times do people ask you to be selfish?"
It's been ninety days since Amanda embarked on the Single Girl Challenge. What did she learn about herself from not dating for three months? Find out!
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