Maybe your daughter is 25, unattached, and would like to find love. Maybe you are 55 or 65 and would like to be in a relationship. Either way, creating a Date a Month Club is a great way to make it happen. Just ask my friend's daughter, Carrie, who also happens to be my friend.
At age 28, Carrie—a bright, attractive, worldly woman—was single, living in New York City, and so swamped with work that she hadn't been on a date in ages. Her friend in San Francisco had found a great job in Silicon Valley by networking and applied the job-search principles to a new way of dating: She started her own Date a Month Club.
Carrie decided to try it too. Did she want to find love? Sure, but Carrie explains that she wanted to take a low-key approach. She was not looking for Mr. Right, just looking for Mr. Right Now.
Carrie started by making a list of female friends, cousins, co-workers, former classmates as well as anyone else she could think of. And then she sent the following email . . .
My lovely ladies,
A dear friend had the incredible idea of starting a Date A Month project. She committed to go on one date each month with someone new and she spread the word far and wide for friends and colleagues to suggest potential suitors. In the end she had a number of fun times, a number of mishaps, and some great stories.
I am hereby launching Date a Month Club for myself.
And I am asking for your participation - any friends, friends of friends, colleagues, cousins, men you see on the subway - who might be eligible for one crazy date - please send my way. It can be anyone with any potential for an engaging date - I'm not looking for Mr. Right, just Mr. November.
Please keep your eyes peeled and your ideas flowing - and I will keep you updated on my escapades.
"This is such a fun idea," says Carrie, "that it didn't seem desperate. I was simply taking control of the situation. I wasn't asking for Perfect, just looking for one fun date a month.
Carrie began receiving replies to her email. "People said, 'Maybe I could take December.' 'Maybe I could take January.'"
At first around five friends offered to participate. And sometimes Carrie had to follow up. She emailed her November friend, You said you would take November—do you still have someone for me to meet?
Her friend sent an email introducing the two:
Carrie meet Rob, Rob meet Carrie. I love you both and think you would enjoy grabbing a drink or dinner sometime!
I'll let you guys take it from here:)
And so the dates began: ice skating, theater, drinks.
Carrie reports back to friends on her first Date a Month Club date, the one with Mr. November:
It was a good date but then nothing came of it after. It was a cold
night. We found a bar with hot toddies. He was attractive and we had
lot to talk about, a lot in common.
I was having a birthday party in a couple of weeks. He didn't come, but I wasn't so upset because I had another date in December.
Let your Date a Month Club become part of your vernacular:
"It also allowed me to approach anyone," says Carrie. "It started with the email list but became part of my vernacular. I met my cousin's new mother-in-law, and told her about the club. She loved it, and the next day she sent me Mr. March, a young artist she knew."
- · Usually the first date is not a whole meal and not a weekend.
- · Carrie's three-date rule says that if he's good enough to go on a second date with, even if the second date isn't so good, consider going on a third date, a tiebreaker.
- · It's best not to tell the guy he is now a member of the Date a Month Club.
"I did this for 9 months," says Carrie. "Then I went for a drink with Mr. July. That night I emailed friends about the great date. The next day, he emailed, saying he wanted to see me again. We have now been in a relationship for 9 months."
"My best friend from high school introduced me to Mr. July, the person I'm in a serious relationship with. I see my friend all the time and we're very close.
"You would think she would have set us up sooner. They went to college together! But it wasn't until she had an assignment for Mr. July that she thought of him.
Three of Carrie's friends have started their own Date a Month Clubs.
Advice from Carrie:
Don't get discouraged if someone doesn't call back. There's always someone else in the pipeline.
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