My Internet Dating Experience: Part 1: Top tips

online-dating-sitesPrior to meeting the boy (because who really thinks that while on exchange in Scotland (aka the other side of the world) on a bus tour of the local attractions is the time you will meet the love of your life?), I made the (slightly daunting) venture into the world of internet dating. And while I can’t say that it was successful in my case, it taught me a lot about myself and about dating in general (at least a portion of which is what allowed me to see what I had, and have, in the boy).

Luckily at the time, I had a friend who passed on some excellent advice, and it is that advice I would like to pass along to you. Now, I am no internet dating expert (not that I’m sure there is such thing as an internet dating expert, but either way I’m not one), but I found it helpful to get some advice other than that which the sites themselves offer, and maybe you will too. (P.S. There will be 2 more parts come in this short series: what it taught me and would I recommend it – they will be linked here when they are live.)

So here goes:

1. Allow yourself a maximum of 5 must-haves and 5 deal-breakers

I’m sure we have all been guilty of constructing the perfect partner in our minds, from looks to profession, the list can be endless; but such a list is not going to see you get very far in the quest for love. Here’s the thing: you’re not perfect (there I said it), because no one is perfect, and expecting the person you’re dating to be is not just unfair, it’s guaranteed to end badly.

That said, having some (reasonable) expectations is a good thing, particularly in a dating environment where you will be sorting through two-dimensional descriptions of people before you get to meet them face-to-face.

This is where the 5 and 5 comes in – they allow you the comfort of system while leaving you open to possibility (a critical aspect of successful dating, full stop).

2. Never chat online for more than a week before meeting in person

This one is probably a little bit controversial, but hear me out. In my mind, the aim of internet dating to introduce you to people you would not other wise have met, who you then quickly meet (and if things go well) then start dating in the three-dimensional real world.

No matter how detailed a site’s matching system may be (and thus how many hours you spent completing your profile) nothing can replace the instant YES or NO you get from meeting someone in person.  Hence, the one week rule.

If chatting has been going well, you need to make sure that your idea of the potential for the relationship meets the reality, and that means meeting in person.

3. I highly coffee dates as first dates

Given the new one week rule, you may need to go on a few first dates before you find someone you gel with. So, do yourself a favour and keep things simple.

Arrange a coffee for mid-morning at a nice public coffee shop (safety is still important here people so make sure there are other people around), and put yourself in the perfect position. See, an 11am coffee leaves you with plenty of options – if the date goes well, you can stretch it into lunch, and an afternoon activity, or frankly as long as you like; if it doesn’t go well, you can always have ‘arranged lunch plans’ at 1pm, allowing for a smooth get away.

Bonus tip: Some may disagree with me here, but I haven’t seen it work any other way. If the first date isn’t good, chances are the second date won’t be better. If you not feeling it the first time you meet,  it’s likely not meant to be. So, thank them for their time, wish them luck in their search for Mr/Mrs Right, and move on to the next profile. Love definitely evolves and changes over time, but if on date one the sparks aren’t there, love is very unlikely to follow.

Let me know your thoughts

ttfn,

Bec

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A quick update then back to the posts

Time flies when you are learning to be a grown up, and sometimes (maybe) blogs fall to side for a (long while). So here is a life update in 5 points, and a summary of what you can expect for future posts.

1. We moved flat- same area, just more us

2. We are getting married in less than 4  months – I know, crazy right, but the date is set for 7/8/15 and we seem to have almost everything organised

3. I have now been at my job for over a year and am still really enjoying it. I have moved on from the huge adjustment that is working full-time for the first time, and seem to be getting into a bit more of a groove with it all.

4. I bought a car, only significant in that it is the most expensive thing I have ever signed my name to – it’s practical and pretty and (very weirdly for me) doesn’t have a name. I plan to drive it till is dies – did I mention how scary signing your name to a car is?

5. I have started postgrad study (having finally finished the diploma I decided to start in the second year of my degree – I think decisions around study should be a topic for another post) – at the end of 2014 (I get to graduate again this coming June/July). So, I thought it was time to enter the big-leagues of post-grad study while working full-time (possibly not the most well thought out decision, but as I’ve come to be catch-phrased with many things in life – it’ll be fine.).

So, there you go, you have been caught up on a year in my life in five dot points.

On the beingbec front, here’s what you can expect from in a blog post a week:

  • a short-series on my experience with internet dating
  • reviews on books I read and movies I see
  • a on-going series on this thing they call “being a grown-up”
  • and plenty more

For those that have hung around, thank you; and for those that have randomly found me, thank you too. I look forward to sharing a bit more of my (odd) life with you if you want to come along.

ttfn,

Bec

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Holy Changes to Bec’s Life Update Batman

So, it has been a while and A LOT has changed – so here is the giant update to get you caught up and me back into the blogging mood.

Change 1: I have a new job! I have conquered what I was starting to think might be the impossible – I have found a really great full time job straight out of uni. Full credit must to my best friend for connecting me to the company in the first place – they are a really good group of people and the organisation is doing really cool things – which is a really nice combination. Tomorrow will mark the end of my second week, and I guess I feel like I now have between 3/4 and one of my feet on solid ground, though I’m sure my brain will be in a constant state of information absorption for at least a few more months to come.

Change 2: We moved! To fit in with the whole new job thing we have moved city and place of living. The boy and I have ventured into the grown-up world of property rental, with a cute little 2 bed flat to call our own. We are still learning our way around the new area (so don’t quote me on this) but I don’t seeing us wanting to move away from here anytime soon. There is something nice about being somewhere quieter, about cutting the daily commute from between an hour and an hour and a half to twelve minutes, and something exciting about starting afresh.

I’m excited to see where this new adventure leads.

ttfn,

Bec

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Bec Reviews: Frozen

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I don’t think it’s any secret that I am a lover of Disney. The Lion King was the first movie I ever saw in cinemas, and it’s still one of my favourites, so it would be fair to say that I went into Frozen with high hopes. To say that my expectations were met would be an understatement, Frozen is the best movie (and definitely the best children’s movie) I have seen in quite some time. Brave is probably the movie that has come closest (I told you I like Disney) but Frozen, in my mind, was a step above.

So what was this step above – a true return to magical, epic, completely addictive and highly sing-along-able Disney music! Think Lion King level of story-telling music; with clever, well written lyrics and tunes you will happily listen to over and over again (or at least I will, I downloaded the album off iTunes and now have it on my laptop, my phone and a CD in my car). Now it’s true that not everyone likes musicals as much as I do, and some people (i.e. the boy) don’t enjoy listen to Disney music on repeat as much as I do – but if you like Disney and/ or musicals it’s fair to say you will LOVE Frozen.

With all of that said, I should probably give you a quick plot summary (no spoilers, promise). Frozen is an animated Disney movie loosely based on the Hans Cristian Andersen fairytale The Snow Queen. It follows the story of Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff, Sven the Reindeer and Olaf the magic, talking snow man. Anna, Kristoff, Sven and ring-in Olaf set off on a quest to bring back Anna’s sister Elsa. Elsa is princess of Arendelle, whose icy powers have accidentally sent Arendelle into an external winter. Adventure ensues, great songs are sung, and a message about what’s really important in life comes across load and clear.

So, if you have seen Frozen yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a fantastic family feel-good film (yes to all the alliteration) that will be loved by kids and adults alike; and has raced it’s way to the top of my favourite Disney movies.

ttfn, Bec

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Into the great beyond aka life after uni

On December 10 of 2013 I graduated with my undergraduate university degree, a significant achievement to be sure, but as quickly as the excitement around graduation built it was met by a single reoccurring question – what comes next? For those who have chosen a study route with a clearly defined professional end point (i.e. a teaching degree makes you qualified to be a teacher), this may seem like an odd point, but for those whose path is not quite so clearly defined, you may find my situation a little more relatable.

Let me explain a little further. Schooling life (i.e. the years we spend attending formal educational institutions) to this point, flowed clearly from one to the next. In Queensland, Australia; this process now consists of two distinct phases – primary school and high school – and then an array of options beyond that, or so it would seem. I guess the difference for me, as I am sure it is for many people, was that undergraduate university was always the defined third stage in the educational plan. So it is now, at the completion of this third stage, that the world of endless possibilities opens before me. Is it exciting ? Yes. It is also slightly terrifying and a little overwhelming? Yes and Yes. Now throw into the mix that as the best (be it a very unplanned) part of educational stage three, I met a completely amazing man on the other side of the world, feel hopelessly in love (see links here, here and here) and am now incredibly lucky to have in Australia with me; and things get a whole lot clearer (personally) and a whole lot fuzzier (professionally) all at the same time.

So where are things at right now? I am applying for a lot of jobs, becoming more and more familiar with selection criteria and interview processes, and work hard to ensure the uncertainty never overwhelms the brilliance of possibility.

Where to from here? The boy and I working to solidly stand on our own two feet and figure out where we want to head next on this crazy adventure called life. Things are sure to not go according to plan, but that’s half the fun, right ?

ttfn,

Bec

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We should all want to be Hufflepuffs: Part 2

This post has been a long time in the making, but one I felt was too important to just skip over. So, without any further ado, here are “The reasons we should all want to be Hufflepuffs” (based on the life experiences of Bec).

I guess I would class myself as weird, not eccentric in a hipster kind of way, but just plain odd. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think badly of myself for this, in fact I embraced my oddness, made in my badge of honour in fact, many years ago. That’s not to say that being yourself (whatever combination of odd, ‘normal’ and numerous other factors that may be) is easy, but it is most certainly worth it. But what does all this have to do with being a Hufflepuff I hear you ask – nothing and everything is probably the best answer.

See, to me, the main aims of life should be to do the right thing WHILE being yourself. See, both missions require courage, but not the big, flashy Griffyndor kind; the internal kind the pushes you through adversity and struggle because you know better things lie beyond. It’s also true that this two part goal requires brains, but not the ‘memorise the books’ Ravenclaw sort; an intelligence that is as much about understanding yourself as it is being able to accurately assess the situation. And finally, it requires a sort of pride, but not the boastful Slytherin type, a pride that comes from being as proud of your achievements as you are of the lessons you learnt from the challenges you’ve faced.

I guess then, in the odd mind of Bec, being a true Hufflepuff is taking the best quality of all the other houses and adding a large splash of humility – the result is a wizard (or muggle) who strives to be as good to themselves as they are to others.

I would love your thoughts on whether this makes any sense outside the oddness of my mind :)

ttfn,

Bec

P.S. For the Hufflepuff-themed back story look no further than here

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We should all want to be Hufflepuffs: Part 1

As I was catching up on my Youtube subscriptions (yes I am somewhat of a youtube addict – if you have channel or video suggestion please leave them below), I came across a video that it me much harder than I expected, and harder in an inspirational not saddening way (which I think you will agree is even more rare), and so I felt compelled to share.

The video was by Alex Day (sometimes known as Nerimon – link here) and was a short clip paraphrasing none other than J.K.Rowling (link to her clip here) – to cut a long story short, both Alex and J.K.Rowling argued that we should all want (and I will extend it to say try) to be Hufflepuffs. But why, I hear you saying, Hufflepuff has forever been presented as the place for misfits – the house you go to if you don’t fit any of the others – so why is it something you would choose to be in? The answer I am going to present is two fold – firstly, the J.K.Rowling reason that I will get to after a brief background for those who have never (I hate to admit you exist but still) read Harry Potter, and those, like me, for whom your peak Harry Potter reading period was sometime back. Secondly, I shall give you my extension of the support of Hufflepuff-ness, based on my own life experience (Part 2).

So, without further ado, a short description of the Hogwarts Houses (now you all of course know this is school that Harry (and Ron and Ginny and most other Harry Potter book characters attend) but I am explaining it just in case you are one of the above mentioned people). I will keep it brief, just: the house badge, a few character traits of house members, and the names of a few well known members.

Slytherin:

Slytherin

Traits: a quest for power and/or greatness, traditionalism, being of pure magical blood (there a few rare exceptions), and as Albus Dumbeldore said “a certain disregard for the rules”. Notable Slytherins: Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, and the Black and Lestrange families (with the exception of Sirius Black).

RavenclawRavenclaw:

Traits: intelligence, creativity, a certain level of individuality and wisdom. Notable Ravenclaws: Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang and Gilderoy Lockhart.

GryffindorGryffindor:

Traits: bravery and daring – Gryffindors always rise to a challenge. Notable Gryffindors: Harry Potter, the Wesley boys (including Ron), Hermione Granger and Neville Longbottom.

Hufflepuff

Hufflepuff:

Traits: dedication, kindness and largely impartial. Notable Hufflepuffs: Tonks (Nymphadora), Cedric Diggory and Professor Sprout (Pomona).

So why should we want to be Hufflepuff’s?

To paraphrase both J.K. and Alex: in the final stages of the final book  the four houses (and all their members) are giving to opportunity to rise to a final  and somewhat world-defining challenge. Slytherins (with some understandbale reasons, admittedly) decline, only half of Raverclaws partake, and while the majority of Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs rise to the challenge, their reasons are very different. As J.K. says, while Gryffindor is a house of bravery, it is also made up of a fair few “fool-hardy and show-offy people” and while both houses stayed to fight, in is the reasoning given for the Hufflepuffs staying that had me so intrigued.

The Hufflepuffs stayed because it was THE RIGHT THING TO DO, a statement both simple and incredibly complex all at the same time. And there in lies the root of J.K. and Alex’s reasoning behind why we should all want (and in my opinion aim) to be Hufflepuffs. Being a Hufflepuff, fundamentally, is about choosing to do the right thing, however scary or complicated that path may be, and to me, that is the best life guide there is.

So what about my personal reasoning, that, my amazing readers, will be in Part 2 (I shall add the link here when it is up).

ttfn, Bec

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All house images from: harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki

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