7 Reasons Closing Yourself Off From Dating Is The Wrong Move

7 Reasons Closing Yourself Off From Dating Is The Wrong Move

Dating can be hard sometimes, but there are some advantages to it.
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Look, I get that sometimes dipping into the dating world can be extremely nerve-racking and challenging, but sometimes it can be worth it.

I personally have closed myself off to the idea of dating many times, but here are some reasons why you shouldn't completely cut yourself off.

1. It can lead to more

I know in college most of us aren't looking for our future husband or wife just yet, but dating can always lead to more if you open your heart up to the idea of it.

2. Dating can sometimes be fun

Contrary to popular beliefs, going on dates can sometimes be worth it.

Think about it, you're meeting different people and just having a casual conversation.

Sometimes the dates can be terrible but at least you'll get a great story out of it.

3. Figure out what you like

You don't really know what type of man or women you like until you've dated around. Dating has taught me that I definitely don't want a gamer, partier or a man with no direction in life.

4. Social Skills

OK, we all know people that need to date to develop their social skills.

Dating is a great way to do that because it allows for you to work on those skills and figure out what is and isn't acceptable to talk about on dates. For example, you probably shouldn't be bringing up ex-relationships on your first date with a future mate.

5. Learn to flirt

Listen, I'm not a girl who's good at flirting but dating has allowed for me to learn how to be better at it.

I used to be the girl that would blush just when a semi-cute man would look my way, but now I can keep a flirty conversation going without getting red like a tomato... sometimes.

6. New Adventures

Sometimes when you decide to go on a date with someone they might surprise you and take you to a cool place, like a museum you've never been to or a fun park.

You should always be open to exploring on dates because you can really get to know a person when they show you their favorite adventures.

7. Isn't the one? That's ok

Maybe this person isn't the one but he or she is part of the journey to the one and those people count too. Before finding the person who you're meant to be with, you will encounter many other people first but they're also part of that journey and shouldn't be forgotten either.

I personally have shut down dating entirely lately, but thanks to some pretty amazing friends, I've realized that dating is important. Yeah you're going to stumble upon some pretty awful people while dating but one day it'll all work out, you just have to open your heart and know these things take time.

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16 Fall Dates Your Girlfriend Is Hoping You Have Planned

Take your girl apple picking and she'll love you forever.

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The great season that brings us homey days and spooky nights is right around the corner—Who doesn't love fall? Weeks filled with bonfires, football, beautiful colored leaves and the smell of cinnamon apple wherever you go. Fall is definitely the season for love, the temperature drops which makes you want to grab someone for some cuddling under some cozy blankets. Fall is also the perfect time to do some super cute things with your significant other, but us girls don't want to do all the planning.

If you know your girl would be down for some fun stuff this upcoming season and you want to surprise her a little bit with some of your planning skills, I got you covered.

Here are 16 Fall date ideas that your girlfriend already hopes you have planned:

1. Apple picking

Find the nearest apple orchard and grab your girlfriend and go pick some fresh apples. You could even decide to bake a sweet apple pie afterwards!

2. Visiting a corn maze


You can have fun getting lost together in these for hours.

3. Pumpkin picking

Find the perfect pumpkin that matches you. My personal favorite thing to do with pumpkins is by taking their seeds out and baking them!

4. Pumpkin carving


You can pretty much create anything design wise on a pumpkin.

5. Have a scary movie marathon

Staying in a night and watching a ton of scary movies is totally something your girl has in the back of her head. Some of my favs are "Scary Godmother" the "Insidious" and "The Conjuring" series and of course, "Halloween Town."

6. Visit somewhere near with pretty foliage

Taking a trip somewhere where you can really check out the Fall colors really makes you love the season even more.

7. Attend a football game

If your girl is really into sports (like me!), she'll love going to her favorite team's game. Whether it's high school, college or professional football, I'm sure she'd love the crisp air with great atmosphere!

8. Check out a haunted house

If you really want a thrilling date, definitely check out a local haunted house.

9. Have a bonfire or go to one

Bonfires in the Fall months are always the best. It really can't get any better than wearing a nice big sweatshirt, hanging out with your favorite person and roasting marshmallows around a warm fire.

10. Create some autumn themed treats

You can go as easy or tricky as you want with these. From something as simple as caramel apples to something as hard as a bonfire cake, your significant other will love the thought and then you two can enjoy something after all the hard work.

11. Look for couple Halloween costumes

Halloween is all about having fun, so go check out the stores and get some matching costumes.

12. Attend a Halloween party

It could be a nice small family get together Halloween themed party or a huge Halloween themed college party... whatever you or your girl is down for!

13. Visit a local coffee shop

Pretty much every coffee shop around the country brings out some Fall themed flavors. Each of you order something new and seasonal and try them out!

14. Spend time in fuzzy blankets by a fire

Cuddling up together in nice, fuzzy, warm blankets and listening to the crackle of the fire can be so relaxing. Talk about your day or simply take a small nap together while snuggled up.

15. Go to the farmer's market

You can always find so much at the farmer's market. Sunflowers are in season during the early Fall months so you could always surprise your lover with a cute bouquet of them.

16. Have a picnic in the park

Pack some Fall favorites like soup, caramel and apples, pumpkin bread and all those other cozy flavors. Pick your favorite park, dress for the weather and enjoy some good homemade food with your favorite person.

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9 Ways To Lean Into Your Nerdy Side While Still Keeping Things Cute Enough With Your Partner

Nerdy and flirty.

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There's nothing like bringing out your nerdy side with your S.O. Unlike the typical dinner date, the pressure is off and you have a chance to let loose and relax. Check out these fun nerdy date ideas for inspiration.

Check out the local arcade

You obviously can't go wrong with an arcade date. Video games, junk food, and the chance to show off your gaming skills! Nothing like a little friendly competition between you and your S.O.

Sing nerdy karaoke

Karaoke. But not just any type of karaoke, nerdy karaoke. Find a bar that appeals to the nerdy crowd. Get up, get out, and sing your heart out.

Nerd out at your local comic book shop

Spend the day getting lost in the newest issue of your favorite comic book. Bonus points if you both show up dressed as superheroes.

Act like a child at the theme parks

Running around the theme park like a 5-year-old is a great way to bring out your nerdy side with your S.O.! Bonus points if you take pictures with the people dressed up as characters.

Meet fellow nerds at the next convention

Grab tickets and head over to the next nerdy convention with your S.O.! It's a fun way to dress up and meet other people.

Relive your childhood at the playground

Do you remember playing in the playground when you were a little kid? Take a picnic lunch and head over to your nearest park. The perfect way to bring out your playful side with your S.O.

Stay in and play games

Video games or board games? The possibilities are endless. Bonus points if you wear onesie pajamas, just 'cause.

Hold a movie marathon weekend

Watch movies as you dress up as your favorite characters and make themed foods/drinks.

Spend the entire day napping

Take a break from the world and catch up on your beauty sleep. All the cuddles.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy embracing your nerdy side with your S.O.

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