Blind Date

When dating, there is a chance that you will meet many people, and some of these people might not be ones that you would normally pick for a date. But that’s the beauty of dating, isn’t it? You get the chance to meet those that don’t run in your normal circles. So, what happens if you are set-up on a date with someone that doesn’t have the usual traits or personality that you would pick for yourself? How do you act? How do you give him or her a chance? Though the answer to this question may be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.

1. Be open.

Treat the date just like you would a conversation with a friend. Be open and expressive and see if the other person reciprocates. You might just find that the two of you have more in common than you think.

2. Be respectful.

Don’t be rude or disrespectful just because the person may not have been your first choice for a date. In order to learn more about each other, the two of you will need to respect each other, and by showing respect, you may find that it is reciprocated.

3. Think of the pros and not just the cons.

Picture what it would be like to have the other person in your life. Does the person have a good job? Can the person emotionally support you? Does the other person like to do the same things that you do? Examine how the addition of this person in your life would affect you on all levels.

Dating someone that isn’t your regular type can be interesting. You may find that the other person has more in common with you than you think, or you may find that even though the other person is different from you, he or she may be just what you need.

The Midwestern Series

The Flood Between Us

When a flood hits Grant’s Landing, Jack is one of the first to respond by bringing her construction company to the town to rebuild houses. The town is suffering from lack of supplies, lack of business, and lack of housing, so members of the town are required to call in further assistance. Jill, a member of Hope’s Integrity, decides to drive supplies to the small town, meeting the bruiting Jack who both challenges and excites her. The two women grow into each other’s worlds despite the great differences that they have, but when conflicts from their pasts come to light, will they be able to stick together, or will the floods of differences that they have sweep them apart?

The Heart of the Rodeo

Blake Young is one of the best bull riders that Melville has seen in years. When she ends up falling off a bull during one of the biggest competitions of her career, she is placed in the hands of an in-home doctor, Dr. Jane Steibold and one of her worst fears, not being able to take care of herself. Blake and Jane clash at first, but as Blake gets used to the restrictions of her new lifestyle, she begins to realize that having Jane in her life might be just what she needed all along.

Taking the Next Step

After dating someone for a while, you may be wondering if you should make the relationship more serious, but how do you decide whether that is something that you want to do? How can you decipher whether the other person will bring more joy into your life? How do you know if you are compatible? Though the answer to this question can be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions on how to decide if you should take the next step in your relationship.

1. Make a list of pros and cons.

Sit down in a quiet room by yourself and write down both the good things and the bad things that are occurring in your current dating situation. See if the good outweighs the bad.

2. See if there is anything the two of you can work on.

You probably aren’t going to have everything that you want. Dating takes work. Therefore, decide if some of the cons in your relationship can be worked on. Sometimes, a little work can create a beautiful situation.

3. Gauge where the other person is.

Do you think that the other person is ready for a bigger commitment? Talk about the next step with your partner and see what his or her thoughts or feelings are regarding taking things more serious. Make sure you are on the same page.

Taking the next step in a relationship might be something that you want. However, decide if the person that you are with is the best person to do it with. If he or she is, then move forward and enjoy the new journey.