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Spring Cleaning Your Love Life
WFLD Fox Interview on 4.28.18
Spring is a season of renewal and fresh starts, right? Especially for those who might find themselves in a relationship slump. Local professional matchmaker Erika Kybartas from It's Just Lunch Chicago visited the set of Fox 32 to tell viewers that now is the perfect time to clear the clutter and get your love life in order!
Why is spring such a good time to refresh our love lives? Spring is the season of renewal. If you didn’t have the desire to go out and meet people in the snow, the nicer weather makes it easier. It’s also a time of year when people who may have “uncuffed” -- or broken up -- around the holidays are now ready to start dating again. If you haven’t been successful when it comes to finding love, you can start by doing a little “spring cleaning” to help yourself get off on the right foot -- and give yourself a clean slate.
So, where should singles begin?
First, Delete the Duds If you’re holding onto exes or old flames, meeting someone new might never happen. Go through your phone and delete any numbers or emails of former flames. Get rid of that security blanket so that you can truly make a fresh start.
Next, T Away Negative Thoughts Winter can be depressing and dark. Spring makes everyone happy, so lighten things up. Throw away any thoughts you have that “you’re never going to find anyone” or “it’s just too hard to meet people”. Also, practice being positive and open yourself up to new possibilities. You can start by taking care of yourself -- get a new outfit, a new pair of shoes, a new haircut. The more confident you feel and look, the more excited you’ll be about getting out there again.
Reorganize Your Routine It’s important to push yourself out of your comfort zone. If you’ve been going to the same gym or coffee shop and haven’t met Mr. or Ms. Right yet, you’re not going to. Find something that you’ve always wanted to do… and do it! Go to new places. Try different activities. Now that the weather is getting nicer, start doing more outside. It’s all about opportunity and putting yourself in a place where you can take advantage of it. You have to be proactive because no one is just going to come knocking at your door.
Dust Off Your Date Chatter If you’ve gone on dates that felt more like job interviews, then dust off your date chatter or conversation skills. At It’s Just Lunch, we match our clients based on common interests and goals, so that when they meet for the first time, they can hit the ground running when it comes to getting to know each other. They can make a much stronger connection. Stop asking the same questions or falling into the same bad conversation habits -- for instance, don’t talk about your ex or a laundry list of small talk / background questions.
Is it better for our love lives if we do these things more often than just once a year? Do it whenever you feel like you’re stuck in a rut. Change is good when it inspires us to stretch and grow!
On the Road for Work and Finding Love
MICHAEL T. LUONGO
In 2010, Heleen Devos, a native of Belgium who works in corporate social responsibility and communications for a French energy company, was heading to Cuba for a United Nations climate change conference.
“I had seen him and found him handsome,” Ms. Devos said dreamily of a Chilean in her row. Yet she was unsure of his relationship with the older woman next to him.
Easy and Fun Ways to Meet Guys This Fall (Even Though 'Cuffing Season' Isn't a Thing)
Now is the perfect time to meet men.
By Taylor Davies
Earlier this summer, the New York Times published a story about a Harvard Business School study which suggested people who spend money to save time (rather than spending time to save money) are generally happier. Those who outsource tasks they dislike, like cleaning, accounting, or ordering in dinner rather than cooking, reported “greater overall life satisfaction.”
So if dating and dating apps make you feel stressed, frustrated and exhausted—why not try outsourcing the work to an expert? ….It’s Just Lunch will do all the legwork for you, setting you up with dates that are carefully selected for potential compatibility.
Can Dating Make You Healthier? 46% of Daters Think Being in Love is Good For Their Waistlines
By Hayley Matthews
Oftentimes, staying healthy and looking attractive are one in the same. The desire to attract a partner can be a strong motivating factor to watch what you eat or go to the gym every week. Maybe an active dating life is the best medicine. Studies seem to support the idea that many daters feel motivated to stay fit when in a relationship or looking to get in a relationship.
It’s Just Lunch, a matchmaking firm for busy professionals, gave us a look at their own internal insights on the subject. The team’s “Dating, Dining, and Push-Ups” survey investigated the link between healthy habits and dating, and the results are striking.
The world is round. The sun always rises and sets. And first dates can be awkward. It's just the way of life. So what is it that makes first dates so weird? "Fear of the unknown, fear of being rejected," says Irene LaCota of dating site It's Just Lunch. While there are ways to make things less uncomfortable, even the concept of a first date leads to inevitable awkwardness. "You're so new to each other that you don't have any common ground yet," therapist Jill Whitney explains. "You're both aware that you're evaluating each other. You're both trying to strike a balance between making a good impression and being your authentic self. With all this going on, of course things can be awkward."
It can seem hard, maybe even impossible to avoid, but it's not. I talked to psychologists and relationship experts to get their secrets on how to truly release awkwardness and tension. Hopefully with these 10 secrets, both of you will be able to enjoy each other's company and conversation. Hey, it might even lead to date number two!
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