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The Number One Question I Get Asked by Singles

When I’m working with someone who is newly single or habitually single, inevitably he or she will ask me this question--

 “Where do I meet quality people?”

Given how many dating sites one can find on the internet, I’m always baffled by this question. Finding someone to date is easy. Simply put up a well-written profile and a nice picture and you will find someone to date. In fact, you can find someone new to date every week. No problem.

Finding someone who is right for you may require a different approach. While the Internet and dating (or those “hook-up”) apps offer a multitude of people to choose from, they also invite a lot of deception, disappointment and may end up feeling like a numbers game. I’m also a bit old fashioned and I do believe there are benefits to meeting people the way we were meant to—in person, by chance—or not.

So here are my six suggestions on how to meet that someone who is right for you. 

  1. Do what you love to do—just find a group, club or class to do it with. Get yourself in proximity to people with the same passions and interests as you. And being around them week after week provides the perfect environment for relationships to form.
  2. Try something new. Take up tap dancing, piano lessons, whatever. Get past your comfort zone and spend time with others who are learning the same thing. When you’re outside your comfort zone, you become more vulnerable, real and open.
  3. Volunteer for a cause you care about. You will most likely meet others with similar values. Helping others is also a natural anti-depressant and dopamine boost. Focus on something and someone other than your obsession with meeting someone new.
  4. Go to the dog park. Go whether you have a dog or not. There’s something about being at a dog park that makes everyone feel good. Create a ritual around being there at the same time each week. People form friendships easily in these kinds of settings and if you like dog people, this is a great place to meet human friends and furry friends alike.
  5. Go to a restaurant and eat dinner at the counter. Start a conversation with the people sitting next to you. A lot of people eat alone at restaurants. And most of them are hungry for conversation as well as a good meal. Take the lead. It’s as simple as saying, “Hello, my name is ____________.”
  6. And lastly, go through each day with a good attitude. Smile at strangers. Make a point to be kind to the cashier, share a joke with someone on the subway. Connect.  

Let me know how it goes. While it may be scary at first, it won’t take long before your confidence and your social calendar begins to soar!

If you or someone you know is struggling with finding love and would like more information on how to navigate through the four phases of a developing relationship, visit. www.julieorlov.com/pathway-to-love.  If you’d like more information on how to create the life you choose and work with me personally, please contact me directly at julie@julieorlov.com or call 310-379-5855310-379-5855 to schedule a session.

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Be well,


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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Dealing with Mixed Messages

Let me tell you a story about Jill. She met a man who asked her out on a date. She was very attracted to him and believed it was mutual. After the first date, he called her every night for about a week, pursuing her with interest. He asked her out for a second date and then a third. On the third date, they had sex--she knew it was probably too soon to have sex with him but it had been a while since she was interested in anyone and she got caught up in the moment, enjoying the attention and physical connection.

He told her he would call her the next day and they would continue their time together. Jill did not spend the night; she had two children waiting at home and needed to get back at a reasonable time. She kissed her man goodnight and went home. 

The next day she did not her from her new beau. She waited until mid-day and then called. She believed him when he said he wanted to continue their time together so she invited him over suggesting they go to the movies or grab a bite. Although he sounded a bit hesitant, he eventually agreed to take her to dinner.

That night over dinner he told her that he was not good at relationships and hoped last night did not indicate she was ready for anything too serious too soon. Jill was confused by this declaration. Although they had been sexually intimate last night, she understood this relationship was very new and didn't really expect anything at this point. She tried to reassure him that they were just getting to know each other and she hoped he was open to simply spending time and having fun. And while she heard the words "I'm not good at relationships" she interpreted this to mean that he had been hurt in the past, was scared of intimacy and she was just the person to heal his past wounds and show him that a good relationship was safe and wonderful.

Fast forward three months and this is what Jill discovered. She was constantly trying to convince this man that he really did want a relationship and if he'd just open up to her, she could "show him the way."  He remained unavailable for any real relationship, canceling dates from time to time and keeping her at arms' length. Jill's feelings of frustration and rejection continued to grow. The situation was increasingly painful for her and she just couldn't understand why he continued to give her mixed messages--he still wanted to see her from time to time but never fully integrated her into his heart and life. This went on for another three months before he finally told her that he felt guilty for keeping this going since he would never be able to give her what she wants. Reluctantly, Jill accepted the loss and moved on.

Now before you go and judge Jill for being so oblivious to the obvious, think about a time when someone was giving you mixed messages--think about a time when someone told you something you didn't want to hear. Most of us have had an experience of feeling such a strong connection that we deny the message that says go away and we hang on to the message that says I'm still interested. When this happens, we stay much longer than we should, determined to find a way to make someone want us as much as we want them to.

The lesson? When you get mixed messages, listen to the one that says "go away." It will save you a lot of time and heartache. Mixed messages mean I want to get what I want from you but I'm not interested in meeting your needs. Nothing more, nothing less. Mixed messages DO NOT mean "I'm scared and if you just love me a little bit more I will feel less scared and realize that you are the one for me."

As hard as it is to let go, don't get caught in the trap of these crazy making situations. Find a good friend with a solid head on their shoulders and listen to their advice--drop him and move on. I promise you that by doing so, you honor yourself and create room for the right man to come along--the one that does not give mixed messages, the one that embraces you fully into his heart and life. You deserve no less.

If you or someone you know is struggling with getting their needs met, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help. I provide personalized counseling and coaching. And if you want to start right now, go and purchase The Pathway to Love at-home program. You don’t need to wait. You can begin the process today.

Take advantage of the opportunity receive the support and guidance you deserve. 

Be well,


Julie Orlov, psychotherapist, speaker, and author of The Pathway to Love: Create Intimacy and Transform Your Relationships through Self-Discovery

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