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Advice for dating for marriage

The best part about being divorced after a short marriage is being single again at 35. When my marriage ended after just two years, the idea of navigating the dating world all over again seemed daunting, unappealing, and pointless.

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The dating village should be filled with people who support you and will bring you up, instead of bringing you down.

When I say "date," I'm referring to the old-school style of dating — not sleeping together or hooking up.

Have a good vetting process and keep the pipeline filled.

But, I figured, if Robin Wright can snag a hot younger boyfriend after 15 years of marriage and a very public divorce, I could at least give dating a shot.

To my pleasant surprise, my 30-something confidence combined with the dawn of casual online dating culture made for one damn fun year and a half.

Don’t rule out someone who is a little taller, shorter, skinner, heavier, a different color, older or younger than you “think” is your type.

You should be attracted to the person, as that is so important for the long term!

Dating after divorce isn’t easy, and will require a great group of people surrounding you to keep you motivated and inspired!

Maybe it’s your buddies from work, school, your family, neighbors or kids.

Sex can be great but, had too early, can cause the demise of a relationship as we are caught in a fog of oxytocin, estrogen, testosterone and dopamine.