How do, Single Women, find the love they want? How do they prepare themselves in the meantime for Love’s House, where do they find, single men?
Single women, who are believing God for a partner, can enhance their in the meantime experience by having the right mindset on why they want a partner, what are the best watering holes to find a partner and how to renovate, Love’s house, so that it is ready for Love.
I believe that when, Love’s House, is fully ready for Love, the right partner will appear.
The first Step, single women, need to take is to improve self.
- Work on being the best you.
Become clear on your strengths and the areas that needs improvements
Eg. Are you a good housekeeper or a good cook; but you lack self-esteem and self-confidence? Then work on improving your self -confidence
- Be clear on why you want a partner
- Do you want a partner for security or to help pay your bills?
- Do you want a partner because it is culturally acceptable to be married or in a relationship?
- Are you looking for a partner to complete you?
- Or Are you looking for a soulmate and equal partner to share your life?
- The last one was the perfect answer. Many, single women, and some, single men, are out there looking for a partner that contributes something to their lives; but never consider what they are bringing to the table. Why would someone choose you?
Where do you, single women, meet, single men?
The reason that so many, single men, and, single women, are still single is because it is hard to meet people.
Here are the most popular Watering holes for the, single woman.
- Sports events
- Networking events
- House parties
Most Christian, single women, would love to meet their spouse or partner in the church; but that is rare because most, single men, in church are using the church as their watering hole!
Bars are the most popular place for, single women, to meet a man; but they have to be careful. Bars have become hookup places for casual sex with no commitment; but in every scenario there are exceptions to the rule and you can meet your life partner at a bar.
My daughter had the perfect combination, she met her Fiancé in a club; but he was also from her church!
I met my husband on a train. He was the officer who checked for tickets. The train is definitely not a watering hole; but soul mates will attract each other like a magnet in any place. Gas stations, parking lots, grocery stores, bus stop, anywhere!
I have met past boyfriends at a car wash, by friend introduction, Dance club, school, bus stop, train, and work and they were all committed relationships.
The newest place for, single women, to meet, single men, now are dating sites. The good thing about dating sites is that everyone on the site has the same goal, to meet a partner.
As a realtor I love FSBO (For sale by owner) because they already want to sell their homes. I don’t have to convince them to sell, only that I am the right agent to sell their homes. Same with the dating site. You don’t have to convince anyone to have a committed relationship, only that you are the one they are looking for.
Arifah from a mental health perspective what can women do to make sure they are sending the right vibes to a potential mate? Let’s say they meet someone at one of the many watering holes?
- It’s really challenging sometimes, when it comes to giving off the right vibes, as different people enter spaces with their own intentions and interest. It’s important for those that identify as women, to be mindful of their expectations and also have personal boundaries for themselves and others, so when engaging in conversations with a potential mate they can better be aware of the right vibes vs negative vibes, from themselves and others interacting with. Some key tips, I would give are:
- Before you go looking for a partner, get to know yourself first and understand your past relationships (what worked/ didn’t work). This will help you get ready for a relationship, as you will be better able to recognize what you are looking for and if that relates to signs of a healthy relationship.
- Go to spaces where you may find someone with similar interest like you, somewhere that you feel comfortable and exudes positive energy. Most likely, you will attract a like minded person that will give off similar positive energy.
- Be assertive and clear when communicating. Engage in conversations to discover common interest, identify personal traits such as:
- Openness to experience.
This will help you determine if to continue getting to know the person or not.
- Know your boundaries and if you feel someone is not respecting them, have your exit and safety plan ready.
These are some of the tips, I would ask my clients to keep in mind when thinking about meeting a potential partner.
Where did you meet your husband?
- I met my husband Kevin Mortley while I was working in the entertainment industry as a promoter. He was also involved in the industry, promoting concerts for artist, and a graphic designer. He reached out to me online and we had a conversation over the phone.
How do, Single Women, find the love they want?
Almost 20 years ago, I read a book by Iyanla Vanzant called” In the meantime, finding yourself and the love you want”
The concept of this book is prepare yourself and your life for love.
One of the first things I remembered she said was to, Start by living your, single life, like you are already in a relationship.
Park on your side in the driveway or garage, sleep on your side of the bed. Etc. You are making room for a partner. But the synopsis of the book is to look at your single life as a 3 story house, complete with a basement and an attic.
She calls this house, Love’s House. Loving yourself in the meantime while you are waiting on the love of another.
In the basement of, Love’s House, you are pretty miserable. You are hurting, lonely and disillusioned. Your emotions are blame, anger, and fear. But the basement is also a place for healing. For understanding yourself. If you don’t fix yourself in the basement, you will carry that baggage and hurt into your next relationship.
Arifah how do you help, single women, heal from hurt and blame?
- Identify and validate the pain.
- Express yourself –Talking to a trust friend, family member or counselor is often a good way to soothe painful emotions and support healing.
- Self care – take a break and find time for things you enjoy or would like to try (creative activities, manicure, hairstyles, movies, journaling, baking etc.)
- Learn from it – An attitude of learning will help you discover value in the experience. You may also discover a curious new freedom: recovering from an emotional trauma or heartbreak makes you stronger, wiser and more resilient.
- Reinvest in your new reality. Set goals and write down the steps and supports you need to begin working on them. Spark new energy and interests into your life, to find purpose and love of something else.
On the first floor of , Love’s House, you are no longer miserable and is able to look objectively at why you attract the people in your life that you do. Who are let’s say are emotionally unavailable, abusive, unsupportive etc.
On the second floor of, Love’s House, single women, Love’s house is where you change the dialog from victim to player. You educate yourself to play. You read books on love, listen to podcasts on relationships, you start improving yourself, you become the picture card that everyone man wants.
The most important lesson on the second floor is that there is nothing wrong with you. You are enough and any man should be happy to have you. Say it until you believe it if you need convincing.
The third floor of, Love’s House, is when, single women, are living the single life and loving who you are as a, single woman. Content with herself, whole, needing no man to complete her. She is confident, self-sufficient, courageous and beautiful inside and out.
The top floor is the Attic
In the attic, single women, showers herself with unconditional Love. She is able to receive the love of others. This is where you will begin to attract the perfect partner because negativity, does not live here.
You know what you want and, who you seek is also seeking you!
Arifah How do you counsel, single women, through the phases of finding themselves using the analogy of the floors in love’s house.
- Make sense of your past
In order to uncover who we are and why we act the way we do, we have to know our own story
Differentiation refers to the process of striving to develop a sense of ourselves as independent individuals. In order to find ourselves and fulfill our unique destinies, we must differentiate from destructive interpersonal, familial and societal influences that don’t serve us.
- Seek meaning
In order to find ourselves, we must all seek out our own personal sense of purpose. This means separating our own point of view from other people’s expectations of us. It means asking ourselves what our values are, what truly matters to us, then following the principles we believe in.
- Recognize your personal power
When we know what we want, we are challenged to take power over our lives. We are accepting ourselves as a powerful player in our own destiny. Harnessing our personal power is essential to both finding and becoming ourselves
- Silence your critical inner thoughts
This destructive thought process can be made up of a judgmental attitude that tells us we aren’t good enough to succeed or don’t deserve what we want or a soothing-seeming attitude that tells us we don’t have to try or that we need to be taken care of or controlled.
- Know the value of friendship
We can seek out people who make us happy, who support what lights us up and who inspire us to feel passionate about our lives. Being friends gives you the opportunity to learn things about the person that you may not have learned otherwise
Here is a question from Mari. She lost her husband last year and want to know how do you start over. What should she look for in a mate?
As a, life coach, I think that single women starting over or starting out should have a list of what they want in a man. It should go deeper than tall, dark and handsome! You should have common interests, be equally yoked, have the same standard of living, same religion, similar sex drive. The list could be lengthy and you are not going to get every thing on your list but you are shooting for 80%.
Arifah how would you answer Mari’s question.
Hi Mari, its never easy after a significant loss, there is no starting over, as your husband will still play a role in your lifestory. Moving forward, you want to know what type of role that will be, maybe its pictures in a photo album or another memory keepsake. You need to figure this out, before you move forward, as sometimes we feel guilty, which is normal, but its apart of the grieving process, allow yourself to acknowledge that is what it is and determine what new reality are you hoping for in seeking a mate. You can start with figuring out what you want, create a love resume for yourself in terms of what would characteristics, interests, you are looking for in that mate. Once that’s done, you are half way there to having a mindset and discovering possible spaces or friends your potential mate may visit.
I also got a question on my website. www.myhelps.com/contactus
This is a question from our last episode. We talked about fear and courage in our last episode.
Steffy from India. Writes.
All I know is that I’ve a great fear. I’ve some kind of burden in my mind and I am not able to figure it out. Every day I wake up in the middle of night and I have these panic attacks and stuff, tried meditation but I am not able to concentrate. I always wanted to be a motivational speaker but I shiver when I start speaking in public. The more I try the more I lose my hopes and start feeling worthless. Please help.
Since this is a mental health question I will let Arifah answer this one.
Hi Steffy, thank you for sharing your lived experience with fear. It sounds like it is impacting your daily routine and ability to accomplish meaningful goals, such as being a motivational speaker. I want to say its common for people that are experiencing anxiety to lose hope, but you not worthless and help is available. It may be helpful to monitor your daily routine and meals for the day, for example, stress/sugar and caffeine can increase anxiety. Make an appointment to see your family doctor or at a clinic if you are able too, to share how you are feeling emotionally and physically. Your doctor can provide professional advice to best help you. In regards to public speaking, it’s helpful to practice writing down what you want to say, then reading it to yourself out loud or in front a mirror. If you have friends/family you feel comfortable around and that are supportive, you can also practice public speaking in front of them first to get comfortable before larger crowds. Breathing exercises and drinking water/herbal teas can be helpful in calming the nerves. As well, watching videos or reading books from motivational speakers, that may offer tips you may find helpful.
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