The opportunity to experience the matchmaking process with a professional matchmaker by your side should be both exciting and enlightening. Yet, with the amount of matchmakers recently flooding the industry, it can be difficult to separate the rookies from the experts. How do you choose a quality matchmaker that will help you define and achieve your goals in finding a romantic partner? These ten tips will help you select a genuine, passionate, and experienced matchmaker to ensure a successful experience.
The dating world is a continually unfolding set of possibilities and opportunities. You have the ability to meet new singles on a never-ending basis. However, when you meet someone worth pursuing, will you do just that? Will you make a choice to pursue this one person and exit the dating pool?
When Americans decide to get married, it seems that love is the number one motive, with making a lifetime commitment, companionship, having children, and financial stability following. However, there are more reasons to marry, and possibly with even greater benefits than the aforementioned. Younger generations in particular need to understand tangible benefits that come with a strong marriage. If you are on the fence about marriage, keep reading…
There has been numerous attempts to explain what causes this type of romantic chemistry to occur. Researchers say a combination of factors are needed, including physical attraction, similarity, non-judgement, feeling understood, mutual trust, communication, and mystery. Let's dive into each of these factors separately.
Many people use the words compatibility and chemistry interchangeably. However, these terms, when referencing romance and relationships, should never be confused. To muddle these two ideas together can be detrimental to the success of your relationship.
There are three very distinct and enthralling phases that every relationship must pass through before they find themselves gray-haired in rocking chairs, holding contests on who has more wrinkles (or was that just my grandparents?). Here we examine the three stages of a relationship...
Are humans wired to be monogamous? Do some have a higher propensity toward monogamy than others? What drives some toward infidelity? And can science tinker with our genetic makeup to make us more faithful?
I was falling for him, at first slowly, then hard and fast, and without trepidation. I never experienced love before, and therefore never experienced heartbreak. I had a clean slate from which I had no roadblocks, constructed walls, and nothing to encumber myself from falling head-over-heels. I could not stop thinking about him, and I succeeded in inserting his name into every conversation I had.
I arrived at Nightwood and waited for him at the bar. I had only seen photos from his OKCupid profile, yet I remained hopeful that he hadn’t gained twenty pounds or aged twenty years. Shortly after, he arrived looking very dapper (which I later found out is his norm) in a long, sleek black jacket and a scarf that wrapped around his neck just below his chiseled jaw.
If you want to invest in your relationship, you need to invest time spent with that person, and that means planning rewarding and meaningful dates. There is no better time to do this than during the spring season! March 20th, 2017 will mark the first official day of spring, so let's start planning!
I recently met with Leslie Wardman, Founder and Matchmaker of Ambiance Matchmaking, to ask for some insight into the male psyche. She has interviewed more than 3,000 men over her fourteen year matchmaking career, and always asks them one specific question: “What are three characteristics that are important to you in a match?” She says there are commonalities between their answers, with physical attraction being the number one response. Here she shares men’s most common responses.
Valentine's Day can be a confusing time for those just starting a new relationship. You're not serious enough to plan an extravagant weekend getaway, but you can see a future with this person. How can you show them you care without being over-the-top? What kind of date should you plan? Should you get a gift? If so, what kind of gift? Our dating experts at Ambiance Matchmaking have you covered with this guide to Valentine's Day 2017. We give you date and gift ideas that are perfect for new relationships: low-pressure but still thoughtful.
If you want to ace an interview, you prepare. If you want to win a tennis championship, you train. If you want to learn a new language, you practice. Your love life shouldn’t be treated different. Being proactive improves your chances of finding the right relationship. Commit to the practice of finding a healthy and happy relationship in 2017. Outlined below are the most proactive and impactful steps needed to put you on the right path. And, if you need further help, you know where to find us.
What if everything we know about sexual passion in long-term relationships is wrong? What if everything we’ve been told by talk shows, self-help books, and couples therapy—improve communication, deepen security and emotional intimacy—is extinguishing erotic desire rather than reigniting it?
Women have always been labeled as perplexing creatures. Why do they travel to the restroom in large groups? How do they ravel their hair into a spiral-like towel-cone after a shower? These brainteasers have haunted men for decades.
We thought it would be interesting (and humorous) to expose the daily quirks of women that really do leave men befuddled. So, we decided to dig into the most culturally influential –– and most heavily trafficked –– website on the Internet today: reddit.com.
Numerous articles have amassed on the do’s and don’ts of dating. Do be on time… Don’t talk too much… Most people are acquainted with these humdrum nuggets of advice. But, when you ask a matchmaker who has been on the front line of the dating field for fourteen years, you get a different response...
Tim Ferriss is a leading expert in accelerated learning. He mastered the art of language acquisition, lost twenty pounds of body fat in thirty days, and conquered earning a six-figure income by working merely four hours a week (would you expect less from the author of the 4-Hour Workweek?). Newsweek named him “the world’s best guinea pig” and the NY Times called him a “cross between Jack Welch and and a Buddhist monk.”
“If you’re always with Mr. Wrong, you’ll never meet Mr. Right,” a friend once advised me after draping my relationship malaise all over her. Rather than letting this cliche breeze past me, I pondered it. I realized there was more to it than just if you’re with person A, you can’t meet person B. It meant you must free yourself of the emotional angst tied to the wrong person in order to be emotionally prepared to meet the right person.
Maintaining a healthy relationship is challenging. It takes time, effort and in the midst of a chaotic, busy life it can be easy to lose sight of healthy habits, such as open communication, respecting one another, maintaining trust, spending quality time together, and listening. I have gained vital insight from looking back at my own relationships and those of my friends and family. These reflections have allowed myself to grasp key elements of how to build and maintain a healthy (and thriving!) relationship. Here I outline five methods you can implement into your relationship now.
The air in Santa Cruz was warm and still as I sat among perfect roses in the backyard of the bride’s parents. At the key moment of this nontraditional Jewish wedding, the friend presiding over the ceremony took a moment to explain the Hebrew word kadosh. It’s translated as “holy,” or “the holy one,” but it also connotes the act of setting apart or elevating one thing above all other things of a type. Marriage is holy because each partner says, “You are the one person I choose out of all the people in the world.”
Dating in our teens and 20s was challenging. Dating in our middle adult years, with significant ex’s, children, pets, mortgages, careers, and a boatload of emotional, physical and perhaps even financial baggage may seem impossible. I’ve single parented my son since he was very young, and didn’t have much time to date amidst parenting, working, continuing my education, doing dishes, mowing the lawn, and attending a sundry of various kid-related activities. So when my son left for college, I decided that there was no better time to start dating again.
Romantic relationships are wonderful. They make us feel alive, dynamic, validated and loved – when they work. They also make us feel deficient, undesirable, depleted and broken when they don’t. Being authentic in relationships requires transparency, which is pretty easy for most of us when things are going well, but throw in a wrench or two, and for many of us, all transparency flies out the window.
I believe that one of the most painful and life-impacting core human emotions is shame. Shame is a powerful universal emotion that often emerges when we feel deeply vulnerable about something, and believe that others have the power to judge us, and ultimately reject us. Shame tells us that we’re not good enough, that we’re unworthy, that we’re damaged goods. Shame elicits feelings of embarrassment, and often, a profound sense of humiliation that makes us want to either fight, or flee.
I have a friend who is a single male in his 40s. He has never been married and he has no children. In one of our more recent conversations we talked about our own dating experiences and those of our friends. What I concluded at the end of that conversation was this: no matter your age, dating can confound us all. Comparing my own experiences to his, though, I found that as a 27 year old, single female my outlook on dating and love seriously differed from his.
As I write this article, I materialize the emotions I felt when entering a committed relationship. Two relationships in particular stick out like red thumbs. They protrude from my memory because of the powerful emotions they trigger. One emotion in particular that begins to abound once I begin to feel myself fall deeper into an emotional attachment, and deeper into the unknown. It’s the ‘unknown’ that evokes fear. Yet, no matter how fearful I become, I can’t hold myself back because falling is inevitable, and having no control evokes even more fear.
Are you sick of the question, “Why are you single?” You, too, may be wondering why you haven’t found someone yet. You have a fulfilling career and amazing friends, but can’t seem to find that special partner to share your life with.
As a dating coach and relationship therapist, I work with singles who want me to help them figure out what’s wrong with them or what they’re doing wrong. After several years, I’ve noticed consistent themes with my clients. If you do any of the following, it may be keeping you single.
My friend and I were walking through Lincoln Park on a bright, sunny day. The sidewalks were full of young newlywed’s with gigantic strollers and baby bjorns. My friend tugged on my arm. She describes an irregular pull in her lower abdomen. She says she feels it every time she’s near a baby, sees a baby, hears a baby, even when she thinks about a baby. She’s not married, yet she’s increasingly anxious to have children. She turns to me after baby number five passes, “I want to be the one pushing a stroller down the sidewalk while another baby is strapped to the front of my chest!”
In the exciting but sometimes disastrous world of dating, I often ask myself why it’s so hard to be vulnerable in a relationship. I imagine most of you have asked yourself this same question too. Sharing our vulnerabilities isn’t always easy to do, especially at the point when you and your partner decide to take casual dating to the next level. I imagine most of you have asked yourself this same question too.
If having a relationship is high on your priority list, you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to improve your success rate. You wouldn't walk into a job interview ill-prepared, and your dating life shouldn't be treated differently, yet many of us do that very thing. We think we shouldn't prepare for dating because we are supposed "to just be ourselves." However, this viewpoint provides a major hindrance...
Many men and women ask themselves this question everyday, "Why am I still single?" It's usually followed by a slew of negative self-answering thoughts that berate themselves and insidiously lower their self-esteem. However, there is another path which includes self-enlightenment and action. We're going to look at what is causing your perpetual singleton status and how you can overcome these issues and prepare for an emotionally intimate relationship.